Honing your skills
On January 17th Neteller cut off the US customers and sadly my days of making 800/week 3-tabling/bonus whoring 4-8 6-max on Bodog ended. I didn't think it would be a problem, I'd just try out WPX that 100% rakeback site I heard about, how can I go wrong??? and OMG Wed-Sat 1PM-1AM EST they actually give you $50 if you lose with AA a positive sum poker game WOW!!!. 1st week I make $700!! Ha this is easy!! Then it happened, I started losing on a regular basis, I was playing only on the promotion times and after buying in for $1,500 I would be cleaned out or close to it on Saturday and I'd have to wait for my rakeback on Monday to play again. My $1,500 is now down to $1,100 ( $700 in account and $400 in RB ). This was very demoralizing, a huge blow to my ego I have to admit, February is shaping up to be my first losing month in over 5 years, I've had months when I only made $1,000, but LOSING!!! unheard of!!! I've scrutinized every hand on PokerTracker trying to plug leaks left right and center. The last week wasn't as bad as the beginning of February but I am still down, I guess I've plugged a few leaks. Today I tried a new site, just for a change of pace, WOW, what a difference, it was like going from Major League Baseball to little league, when you're used to 90MPH fastballs and they're lobbing them over the plate you hit a home run every time, I lost with sets of aces and took other sick beats but still came out ahead a couple hundred. I've come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no replacement for dead money, I struggle in a positive sum poker game because the players are stronger, more aggressive, make better decisions and force me to make tougher decisions, but I pay my rake at a site that's less attractive to the pros and I'm rewarded with hundred's of dollars worth of dead money in my pots. I don't regret the last month, I've improved allot in the last month, when you are killing the game it can be very easy to let allot of mistakes go unnoticed and still make a healthy profit. When strong players make you pay for your leaks, you plug them or you go broke. I wrestled for 8 years and it was the same way, beating up on the rookies is fun but you don't learn anything because they fail to punish you for your mistakes, I improved the most when I was getting the shit kicked out me by Olympians at practice. If you want to be the best you have to train with the best. I will continue to play on WPX because not being able to beat a positive sum game would mean that there are players on that site that are better than me, and I'm not quite ready to roll over and accept that, if they are better than me now, I will just have to improve, not give up and find some suckers to play with. However, in the interest of paying my bills I will divide my poker time between WPX and other sites. Playing with strong players for an hour or 2/day is a good way to hone your skills and plug your leaks, we should all strive to constantly improve our game. There should be a healthy balance between tough games to sharpen your skills and soft games to pay your bills.
Does anyone else play SHLHE on WPX? particularly at the 3-6 and 5-10 level, how are you finding the games and would u mind posting your PT stats? What do you think about playing on a small site with the same regular players every day? Has anyone else had problems with the hand histories reffering to the players as Player 1, Player 2 etc instead of actually using their SNs making it impossible to keep data on players? What do you think about trying to find tough games to play in once in a while to sharpen your skills?
I will be posting my very ugly PT stats that I am ashamed of very shorty.