I just so happen to have pretty much my lifetime in poker in my pokertracker DB. Ok I started out on UB, playing play chips, and eventually penny limit and then 1c/2c NL. I would say I played there for 6 months or so while I learned that I liked poker, that I had a bit of skill at it, etc. Then I lucksacked a tournament for huge money and had a bankroll!
August 2004 I started on Party Poker, at the 50c/1 limit tables, which were high stakes for me at that time. Also at this time I was a micro poster on 2+2 as I mentioned in the last post...
Ok within a month I was taking shots at 1/2, by October I was logging hands at 50c/1, 1/2, and 2/4 depending on what good games I could find and my current bankroll / confidence.
February of 2005 I took my first shot at 3/6 and did well. By April I was ready for 5/10, but the full games at that time were disgustingly tight and tough, so I first tried 5/10 6 max (this is before there was 6 max tables at all limits, on Party it was 1/2 6m or 5/10 6m), I was experienced at 1/2 6m and felt ready to go. I ran sick hot and killed the 5/10 games. By May I was taking shots at 10/20 6m.
July I went from my biggest month being like +1k to winning $8k and I felt on top of the world.
In October I was taking shots at 15/30 and 30/60, ran hot again, and won almost 20k. In December I moved to Empire after the sites split and won 50k three straight months, playing 20/40 to 100/200. I haven\'t had a month as big as that since, which was I guess 15 months ago. The games are tougher now and I can\'t complain or expect to run that hot or get that lucky again.
So yeah I\'m pretty sure that wasn\'t the story you wanted to hear as I definitely moved up quickly and ran hot. I played a decent number of hands too though. What roadblocks have there been for you in the 3 years you mention? I mean, if you just don\'t win or lose when you move up so your bankroll hasn\'t progressed in 3 years, that\'s one thing. But if you withdraw money, use it for other purposes, and then play the same limit month after month, I have your answer.
I didn\'t learn a lot of things about poker until I thrust myself into tougher, more aggressive, higher stakes games where I had to sink or swim. You just see how the other players play, and if you find success, you gain huge confidence and boldness to try new plays, to see things slightly deeper, to realize your opponents that are just like you make mistakes too, and there is money to be won off Tight Aggressive players, not just loose passive fish.