I finally know how to play. I think.
I'm new to the forum, and just want to share my success.
I've been an avid reader on these forums just lurking around for quite awhile now. Being a "fish", I experienced my first 'swing' on Full Tilt Poker
August, 2009. To make it short. I did fairly well due to my time spent in the military. But what I realized were my mood swings and bankroll management really dictated how I played. I lost my net income of about $300, -$50 for the initial deposit. My gains/losses were very sporadic/irrational due to ME. I couldn't handle the swings and not being able to see the other person. I had no set of boundaries what so ever, yeah I was a complete DONK. Chasing cards and foolish bluffs was my usual repertoire. That day when I lost my final buck made on FTP, I decided to never play online poker again....
February 16 of 2010, I decided to give it one more shot but with a different approach. During my absence of poker, I was reading and lurking threads on my free time. I watched probably almost every poker series on you tube. I just thought it was finally time and that I'm finally ready (mentally) to keep a consistent bankroll. I deposited $20 and enrolled in one SnG tournament and a MTT. $10+1 of 9 and a $3.30KO with about 900 entrants. Surprisingly, I placed 1st on the $2.25 and 3rd on the $3.30KO. I play only 1 session a day for about 2-3 hours due to being a full-time college student. Either I'm running real good, or I've actually learned something. But than again I guess it is too early to tell.
I'm also kicking myself in the butt for not downloading poker tracker earlier! Installing it was a kind of a pain (not computer literate). I'm probably going to wait till the weekend so that I can start playing with this thing and utilize it to the max.
Here is a quick snapshot of my winnings. I know its not much, but I'm pretty proud how I got to this point. My current ROI is 31.41% and ITM is 31.6%. Oh and by the way thanks to everyone for the informative threads. Keep them coming! Noobs and fishes do read them