January 04, 2012
So as I mentioned in my first post, I have been jumping from site to site to clear bonuses and get kickbacks from sites like pokersource and boogster. It was a great way to come up with much needed cash, build some semblance of a micro roll, and grind hands on different networks. At the same time, I did have financial obligations to fulfill, and as such, grinded the level I knew I could beat to come up with the needed amount, while at the same time clearing some bonuses. What I learned after the process, is that most sites have fish, but the reg to fish ratio isn't great. To some degree or another, there will be regs that are competent for the stake, and nits that do nothing but fold. Obviously this is beatable if one adjusts correctly, ie you steal more, isolate and cbet more etc. But when playing the micros, the pots are small and your winrate if you are a winning player tends to be a more gradual incline. On the contrary, there is one site that for some reason these characteristics don't seem to apply. Pots get massive in relation to the buy in, people stack off with gutters, and as long as the occasional beat doesn't tilt you too much, you should be able to grind out buy in after buy in from the kids that just love to gamble with their blackjack winnings.
I enjoy playing here and I think I have adjusted well to the game. My stats are very different from what they would be on stars or other more reg infested sites, and the way I play on this particular site would not work elsewhere. With that being said, I have no rakeback and no bonus left to clear so it makes sense to move elsewhere until I do indeed move up in stakes (my constant battle of knowing how much I need to come up with while at the same time keeping a small amount to play is never ending if I don't alter something). Playing roughly 40 hours if my math is close to correct, I can play on another ongame skin and get a $215 bonus through the affiliate I signed up with. However, doing so would mean leaving a game I am very comfortable playing and a game I have done well in, to pursue the bonus under more normal/ probably won't crush (at least for my skill level) circumstances. I think I have to just suck it up and do it, and try to profit at the same time( over small sample, my winrate on a similar site was half of the above mentioned goldmine). So that is my current plan for the coming week and we will see how it goes. Below is my graph for the past month at 10 NL on this site which doesn't include bonuses. I was also lucky to grind enough to clear bonuses on 3 other sites. Good luck and let me know if any of you have any feedback. Gracias!