Originally Posted by TheNoob
I play .25/50 NL.
In the two months I have played, I would guess I'm out about $1K (play just about every night).
Ouch. I'd advise that you play MAX NL10 and probably NL2 wouldn't hurt if you have only played a few months. Even ~3$ SnGs might be a good idea to try and get into the groove. I would personally advise that you deposit 100$ or so at a poker site
and do your best to play with good roll management (ie. <NL5 or 3-5$ SnGs) and try to work on building a roll without going broke. As you increase your roll, you can increase your limits. Not trying to endorse anything, but maybe take a break from full tilt and try another site like Stars or anything else that takes your fancy. Often it is hard to rid yourself of negative connotations associated with a particular site and this could be hurting your play as well. Confidence is very important in poker, and if you don't feel that you can win at full tilt it will make it very hard to do so. The reason i suggest Stars is that the lower stake SnGs are very fishy and easy to make money on/learn how to play. Maybe try sites like pacific poker
, bodog, or iPoker network, which have some awful players (ofc it depends where you live).
I don't think there is any need to try and read up on alot of books. It obviously doesn't hurt at all, but being a winning player at lower stakes isn't very difficult if you understand the basics. And you can easily get a grips on the basics of poker from forums/internet articles + play experience. You really should probably post some HHs from some sessions you play and im sure somebody would take a look. Not easy trying to figure out where your leaks are without some hand examples. But plz move down in stakes because you really do not want to be one of those poker players who lose thousands of $$s (ofc everybody loves those ppl but there are plenty and you don't have to be one of them).
And btw do not try to learn anything from poker on TV coz that is just going to confuse the hell out of you. They show exciting and out of the ordinary hands on TV, and the players often play loose/huge raising range, because they are so familiar with each other's play and so mixing it up is required. This is not how these players would be playing if they were playing NL50 online.In a big tournament you are only seeing a very small % of the hands that are actually played. Most hands are alot more straightfoward and standard than the "exciting bluffs" etc that you might see.