Oh boy... Getting a lot of mixed advice here! I appreciate everyone helping me out for sure, but man is this a difficult game to get into. I've already set my mind on learning to win at this long-term, and I'm not quitter, so guess I'll just have to suck it up then!
MoSa: I do feel pretty comfortable with how the software works. I tried playing real money games today, I lost some, won some. Mostly lost, but there are so many bad calls winning on the river cards! I did watch a Chris Ferguson video explaining basic bank roll management, always 10% buyin MAX. I already have 100$ on my bank roll (no, I'm not gonna burn it on high-stake games beyond my skill - I'm even trying not to burn it on low-stakes), I figured it is worth the investment if it can motivate me to keep working to turn a profit. I've tried watching a table before I entered, but mostly the plays seem very random, everyone plays too many hands and calls when they shouldn't (even I can tell, and I suck).
Toad: That's the impression I've gotten as well (to play tight in lower limits). The problem is that I simply don't have a very good understanding of the odds (when to fold or call, considering the pot odds). I'll definitely try to play by the article you linked and see how that goes. Tt's very straight forward even if I don't understand why I'm doing what I'm doing.
Steves22: I do think I need to work more on the basics. The problem is I don't know how to. If I'm not learning when to do what and why, I don't think play money (or real money for that matter) will help much. That's where you all come in! I'm not bothered by waiting to play real money, I just want to get the best possible "education".
Poker Orifice: I already made a deposit with Poker Stars
, player limit there is 8 players as far as I can tell. This is the kind of advice I'm looking for though, reading a ton of books really won't bother me, I just need to find which ones work the best. I will check out "Little Green Book", do you feel the other books are helpful for lower limit SNG as well? Are there any other books or learning materials / methods you'd suggest? I'm gonna wait with tournaments until I have some more basics down I think. I know what you mean about the play money tables, I've tried playing my best but even when I do try and be serious, sometimes I'll make calls I know suck. The same thing happens at the lower stakes, so I guess it's fine for practicing for those games. But then if I already knew how to play tight correctly, I might as well go to the real money tables?
Sorry if I repeat myself. Again thanks for all the help so far everyone, you wouldn't expect so many people to be helpful in a game this competitive!