Poker Orifice: Yeah, I've read that it's important to play tight-aggressive in order to win in the long run. I've tried playing like that, but I think I over-think certain things. I lost 5$ in one hand because I called an all-in bet, where I was certain he was bluffing
. He kept showing weakness throughout the play (I had AK suited, flopped top pair), he checked and called only until the river (which was a random low card, no draws, and he went all-in). Turned out he had three of a kind 3's at the flop. Really showed me that I just need to play only the best hands, seems like playing "by the charts" work better for the micros. I guess you're right about the real money suggestions, I've gotten so much great advice now that it wouldn't even make sense if it was in order to make money off me. I got the Little Green Book today, so I'm gonna be reading that a few times, then start playing SNG again (without applying the more advanced strategies) and probably will try tournaments later on. Do you have suggestions for online guides, I've found a lot but most just explain the basic rules of the game and some self-explanatory stuff.
joemac696969: Thanks, good luck to you too. I'll try to read some more and then start out with the micros again, I really don't like play money if I can be a break-even player with real money.
salim271: You mean Full Tilt, or cardschat? I'll definitely check out freerolls when I have 65 posts, might be a while though.
PattyR: Thanks, you too!
Mr McCluskey: A lot of good advice, thanks! I've tried paying attention to other players, some of the first games I played I noticed I was able to steal the blinds constantly, others people would call all the time. I've read about position as well, offers a lot of strategic advantages for sure, though reads are hard with so many random calls. I also need to learn to calculate the outs and odds quicker, or just memorize it.
kmixer: Yeah, I've noticed that. Other than starting hands, I know the strategy is pretty much useless. Still, I feel it'll only help me in the long run to get an idea of how the game work at higher stakes and tournaments, since I don't plan on playing micros forever. I might check out Daniel Negreanu's book, though I got the Little Green Book already and shipping costs are expensive!
ZZFLOP: Thanks, I think I'll stick to SNG for now and try tournaments later on. I'll learn about the strategies of each type of game before I play in them.
perry: I already joined, problem is I already deposited with PokerStars. I guess I could cash-out and join Full Tilt, but I've heard it's a lot more competitive. It's too bad I can't access most of their videos now, and seems like you can end up losing a lot of money completing their challenges, if you need them before you can start playing winning poker!