to quote myself: TheWookieWay "#mtt #poker to go from 10% to 90% is easy... to go from 98% to 99% is monoumental. To work with what you got regardless, is priceless. 13 minutes ago from web"
My ambitions: To be both a great Live player, and a great online player. This one isn't TOO hard, but there are differences.
To be a great tournament player and a great cash game player. Few players are good at tournaments AND cash. Many more are much better at one or the other.
My reality: I am a much better player LIVE. Those innate poker skills, people reading skills, acting, mind over matter, etc... they are what got me interested in doing well at poker in the first place. If it was just mathematics, I'd figure out by formula whether it was worth it to me to play poker or not, and probably wouldn't. Just following a formula would be BORING and not hold my interest. So I have to accept, that I am doing much better LIVE.
My first live tournament at the Oaks, I got 12th. The only reason I got involved in that pot just before the bubble that knocked me out, was I thought I had the guy covered in chips, and could have folded my way through the bubble if needed. However, I was suprised to find when they wouldn't count his chips because they were all so sure he had ME covered, as he had a stack of purples behind his other stacks I didn't see. Newbie tournament mistake #1 that I will never forget. Yet another reason to keep track of every chip at your table, and in the whole tournament if you are capable.
My 2nd live tournament, I got 8th. Part home game, part pros, year long league with Player of they Year, etc... quite a few great playing friends.
Online, in Hubbles, the NL HE Freeroll on Pokerstars.. which I KNOW I can, I trained myself on this tournament for almost a year... the highest I got was 15th. Twice!! This is close enough to know you can do it. This came down to a point where, is it worth it to get a ticket to enter a $1500 Freeroll vs the time invested? If had no bankroll, and plenty of time, sure. But now that I can play for cash, it's NOT for me. I still enter occasionally just so I can say I won it once, but it really is -EV (Expected Value) for me to play.
I got to the point where my average expected finish was in the top 15%. Then top 10%. I am now in the 5% range. I have read that the minimum you should be able to do to break even is 1 in 55 wins for tournaments if you are following your bankroll limitations, and that you need to win more than that (on avg over time) to be able to make a living at it.
Online, I am better at tournaments and sit n goes, afraid to play no one. But my cash games are sucking BAD!. Well, not THAT bad, but no where close to my standards for the goals I wish to attain.
Live I am a little better at Cash games than I am at tournaments but this will change the more I play in tournaments I think. I am adding a couple home games to the casino tourneys for the experience. I am trying to nail down the facts for what is worth it and what isn't timewise for all of my games, Cash online and off, and Tournaments, online and off.
I welcome opinions on what software works best for online play, and does that same software work for live game tracking as well?
I was using Pokertracker 3 .. and the HUD.. but found that the HUD was getting in my way of playing, and lowering my EV. Is this normal for someone getting used to using it? Should I be like the jet pilot who uses every last bit of info (logical) or like Luke Skywalker and use the force? (many good players do not use this kind of help when playing, but I can't see how anything BAD can come of it, if you remain objective, and use the info at the right time)
So what is my playing reality? I am better live. I am better at tournaments. So if I want to change that, I need to work on it. Analyze. Accept. Change. Grow.
What is my BANKROLL reality? I need to stick to cash games, not tournaments due to the variance. I need to stick to Online instead of Live, because of my bankroll limitations.
Isn't that a paradox? My bankroll says stick with your weaker game, my skill says stick with what you are good at. Until I have a safe bankroll, it's a balancing act. It would seem, this is why so many have a hard time getting started.
Not being safe with your bankroll will bring you to a dead stop. Don't go there :)