Originally Posted by Rastamouse
Oh goodness me I'm well aware that I'm not the perfect player at all and love the fact that I have plenty to learn, I see it as potential.
But I can't consistently beat anything above 10nl without at some point losing my rag, deleting my database and giving up. (At 10nl my success was consistent and cushy enough for me to keep going, although there's no doubt that I was quite bored with it quite quickly).
At levels where a winrate like 2-4bbs/100 is very solid and consistent indeed. Ups and downs on a big scale will of course come your way. I really just need to somehow force myself to be able to press on no matter what the results are, which I'm still finding difficult.
With all due respect mate, if you can't consistently beat 25NL you have some serious flaws in your game. But, being open and critiquing yourself is a good thing. That is the first step to improving. So you're definitely on the correct track. Could you possibly be playing too many tables? That is something I struggled with for a few years, it really killed my win rate. I was impressed and wanted to be a 16 tabling 3/6 reg like all these sickos I would see online. Eventually I had to be honest with myself and know that 4-6 tabling 2/4 was my perfect comfort level.
If there are any books I suggest that you read they are "Professional No Limit Hold 'Em: Volume I." and "Small Stakes No Limit Hold Em" both written by Ed Miller. Those are actually volumes 1 and 2. (the other isn't listened as volume 2 because it was published by a different company I believe). But these two books will really improve your game.
So I really suggest you invest 20-40 dollars and read these two books. Not just once, a second time, maybe even three times. That way you can really absorb the info and get better. Use a highliter and take notes. Purchase a poker tracking software, that is a priceless tool for a cash player. Just commit yourself to really working on your game, and being able to remain composed when the cards dont fall your way. I left my job for good back in 2004 to pursue poker full time, in hindsight I see I wasnt as good as I really thought I was initially. A couple years later I re dedicated myself to getting over my tilt issues and improving my game.
Also don't forget, the psychology of poker and being able to handle the swings is just as important as skill, maybe even more. If you have any questions at all, feel free to PM me. Good luck.