I come from playing $50 & 100NL for over a year, but after just 10K hands at $10NL, I've come to the conclusion that many of these players are a completely different breed that deserve to be in a category all by themselves.
I still remember playing $2-$5NL and watching these fish stack-off with just TPTK or even TPWK. Having 2-pair+ was usually golden at these ultra-micro levels. My bankroll grew so fast at these lower levels that I completely passed by $10NL and went straight to $20-25NL. And even then, I probably only played a mere 50K hands before moving up again, permanently. But, I do admit that there was a huge learning curve and I pretty much broke even for about 3 months after before really taking off.
Going back to these $10NL players, I have never seen so many players doing so many different things in my life. I have been Tighty McNit too, not bluffing at many pots but still aggressively taking it down when I think I have the best hand. ABC poker, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Problem is, I can't get a read on these players to save my life! I never know what the hell they're holding, and it's got me completely paranoid. I swear, it was much easier for me to put players on ranges at $100NL than it is $10NL. And I'm only VP$IP about $12% of the time down here, as opposed to almost twice that at $100NL.
I'm not talking about bad beats. I'm not bitching about negative variance. It's like these $10NL players are the breeding grounds for those trying out every freakin' strategy known to man - and they're doing it almost every hand at every table I'm at.
Am I losing my mind? Does anyone have any insight or similar experience as to what the hell is going on down at this level? Must be something in the water...
At any rate, I've gone back to playing SnG's for a bit 'till I get my head screwed back on tight.