Originally Posted by Valorcat
I play a live tourney at a live casino once a week plus a few here and there during special events. I've read the poker books and played 44 tournament and am down around $4400 with cashes in only three. Average tourney but in $200. I played a lot in 06 and was good then I did the stupid thing and quit the game to go to college and work so I wouldn't have debt. The game feels so different and I feel like my first few months were learning. Should I keep grinding or step away from the game for a bit? I know this is a difficult question with a lot of variables but I just want to to know what you guys would do.
I would play low buyin tournaments and freerolls
online for a while, and review your hand histories. One reason is you can win a ton from low buyins like $10+$1 or less when you run deep. Another is the online MTTs typically have antes once the BB gets to 250 or so. This makes stealing more profitable and gives you the math experience you'll want when playing live tourneys with antes.
I think you'll feel better grinding up that way for a while, especially if you set goals and study your play. My live casino MTT results aren't so hot either fwiw: one mincash in around 11 attempts, but I expect to improve with training and experience.
I would also scrutinize the structure of the live tournament you're playing. Do you find yourself in disbelief when your M gets halved early on (100\200 blinds jump to 200\400, and starting stack was only 5000)? Maybe the structure is unreasonable, or requires ultra aggressive play or good cards just to stay ahead.