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    I disagree. The worse your opponents are, the more money you make. Period. The strategy might be different (meaning you may need to bluff less and value bet more, whatever) but that's the way it is. SNGs probably more so than cash since they have no idea about ICM and all that stuff. The site doesn't matter. Variance by damned, eventually this will be true.

    When I first started playing SNGs it was at the .50 level. I only had a very basic and beginning knowledge of how SNGs worked and the strategy involved, I don't think I even contacted Jen yet. I still killed that game despite all the mistakes I was truly making with ICM and such. Of course, I didn't even know what ICM truly was, I just knew to get to the money however I could, which often meant sitting back and watching the donk-on-donk violence. However, what knowledge I had was still more than my opponents, thus I crushed those games (though I honestly didn't win as many as I probably should have. I had more 2nd and 3rd than 1st).

    In any case, bad players = more profit. Its that simple. There are countless posts out there of people wanting to move up to a level where "people will respect my bluffs" or "they know when to fold to my bets when I have them beat", whining that players "get lucky" too often. In truth, they are either not adjusting properly and using their skill or they suck just as much (or more) than their competition.

    Of course, if everyone in the game plays at exactly the smae skill level there is only one winner over the long haul. The house. If everyone is equal, they all break even to each other and lose to the rake. This is why they say the average player is a losing player. In SNGs the average ROI is about -9%, depending on the rake and such. If you play $10+$1 to play, 10 player table, total in is $110, total payout is $100. Check out OPR. Only about 20% or so of all the players on there have a positive ROI. The skilled one win the most money and stay around. The rest either adapt or die (lose their rolls, several times probably).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyckyRych View Post
    I hope to see my FTP cash in 2-3 months. Naturally I've given up on UB as a lost cause.
    With all due respect you should have avoided UB in the first place. They were known crooks.

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    In any case I had a good run on the interwebz when it came to the pokerz. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.
    Ah, come on... it's a temporary break and you know it is!

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    Anyway poker is a lot of fun and my losses are less than Maude's coffee addiction.
    Good luck for 2014 Harald!

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    Perhaps, but I still came out well ahead. The games were too good to miss out on despite the superuser stuff and all that, plus I was still naive. In any case I didn't except the government to be the pebble that caused the avalanche. I'm happy to get what I can.
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    So far, so good on the cash games. Lol, one month doesn't mean anything but I'm rolling at an 85% cash rate (6/7) for about $30 an hour playing $1/2 NL. That's in spite of a few horrendous bad beats so I'm perfectly happy so far.

    I'm pretty pumped right now. Not to brag, but even my one losing session was only because my wife was done playing slots that nght and wanted to leave. It just happened to be when I was down a little in the session.

    Of course it's no sample size worth looking at. Of course my win rate will go down in days to come. But I'm very happy, it's a great start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post

    Sorry to hear that buddy. Good luck on the cash tables!
    Thank you. To be fair, I didn't play a ton of tournaments during those three months. Probably only an average of one per week. So while it's the longest time duration without cashing, it isn't the longest amount of games in a row without cashing. so there's no need to despair. Just got tired of the grind, I guess. Got a little burned out after 3+ years of 3-4 tournaments per week.

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    New to the game so i'm hoping i'll be profitable by the end of the year although i'd be be happy with just being able to understand the game to a much better degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    I'm ready to give it up for now and try to hone my cash game to a respectable hourly rate. Six months or so of that and I'll have a pretty good idea where I stand.
    And the six months have gone by. LOL

    I suck in cash games. It's the first time in my poker 'career' that I lost money over a six month span. I had a terrible run somewhere there in the middle, and never could recover. I'm hanging it up for now. Back to the $50 live tournament grind; time and experience has shown it's what I do best. I need to just keep plugging and not worry about cashing; it will take care of itself as it always has.
    My new goal is to play 4-5 tournaments a week consistently, basically more than twice what I did last year on average. As my bankroll increases, I intend to start entering larger and larger tournaments, and see what happens down that road.

    Poker life goes on.

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    I figured that out a long time ago. Started with SNGs and moved more into MTTs. This is online so obviously its a bit different. I don't think you can multi-table in a casino. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    ... In 2013 I only played in half a dozen home games or so and didn't even visit a casino or cardroom. I spent more time playing online, but not much at all. So this year my goal is to play more than the previous year, which I'm fairly confident of achieving.
    It's not looking likely for me.... I've only played once live this year and that was at a home game last month. It was great. At about the half-way point I made a conscious decision to play loose and see what happens, i.e. win big or go home early. I got hit by the deck. The best was when I called a raise with 34 and the flop came A25 rainbow. The raiser then went all in. He wasn't best pleased, lol. I built a big stack and ended up chopping first place.

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    Luckbox. :)
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