I spent some time looking over my stats for the last, well like 15 months. I don't have that many hours but it's just not pretty. In 2013 I played 740 hours of LHE and won 232 bets. That's not bad, I suppose. I mean it's not great, but it's something that can happen. The problem is that I broke even. So far this year it's more of the same. I've played 43 hours, won 67 bets and am up about 1300. So over all that's:
783 hours. +299 bets. +$1300
Obviously my results in the 1/2 were horrible. Looking over it the 60 wasn't that great either. What this has made me think about is the simple fact that I never really got that good at poker. I mean sure in the GRAND SCHEME of things I am great at the limit hold them, but when you get right down to it I am not as good as the players who are going to be crushing the 1/2 and white chips games for the next few years. And even those guys I honestly don't know how much they are going to make. People just don't make huge glaring mistakes over and over and over again in those games. In order to have a win rate that doesn't demand a 1200 bet bankroll you have to play just so freaking good. You need to start with solid GTO understanding, an then you have to make substantial exploitative adjustments vs most of the players in the game. In effect you have to show a profit against people like me. And I'm not saying that's impossible to do, but it's not exactly easy. I had the same problem when I stepped up to real games online. My wr/hand basically was a straight line down from big to slightly negative as the number of players in the game dropped. Basically I never really learned how to play in aggressive, wide range situations. This was my own fault, but it was also the poker player's curse. My goal was always to put myself in the best game possible, to try to win as much money as I could. And you know what? That worked super well for most of my career. But I was usually not challenged at the table, and if I was I spent my of my career just looking for a better spot. Short term this is obviously the right thing to do. Long term in today's ecosystem? If you take that approach you're gonna get stuck around 40/80, or maybe even below. Those games just aren't as good as they used to be most of the time.
So what am I saying? I guess I'm saying I didn't work hard enough and the game sort of passed me by. Do I feel bad about that? Sure. But am I happy I'm out? Definitely.