Been playing FLHE "professionally" for approximately a year, at 8/16 it is very much a pittance.
Did the math the other day and knew my hourly has been hovering at 19/h for quite some time, but the cost of my seat has been 27-30/h. After becoming more serious about improving I've come to realize I can't realistically play more hands (and subsequently improve) in the LAGTAG style advocated by many high level pros with such a high level of rake.
Considered moving up to ~20/40 but the games are pretty dismal, commute is exponentially further, and variance is certainly higher with a lower bb/h expectation coupled with higher limit. Also got crushed a couple times when shot taking and it certainly didn't help my confidence.
Opportunity presents itself to me to play at a room without rake but a 15$ flat fee daily. (my local takes 7$ capped/pot lol)
Games are established and run daily, 2+ games of 1-2 NL and mostly one table of 1-2 Big O.
The room operates in a way that allows players to "chip down" every 1h and rebuy for whichever amount they choose, which imo isn't a huge deal for Big O, but shortstacking NL seems pretty profitable but i'm unsure of the comparative hourly rates.
Anyway the NL play is suspect as well as the Big O play, and the Big O plays slightly bigger (100 avg BI vs 150) but I can't help but think the NL field is softer just due to newer players and confusion about split pot games etc, which edge do you think is larger? If the hourly is similar would Big O be the better choice due to variance considerations?
Also a couple hands I played.
300 behind, 8handed Big O
Opponents all approx ~150$ deep so 75bb, only one guy is deep w/me at 200bb, on my direct left, played ~2hands in 2hours.
Open A♠ 2♠ A♦ 4♦ J♥ utg+1 to 7$, two cold calls, BTN (tilted NL player) pops to 35 with 125 behind, I repot and call his remaining X$
At showdown I get quartered, but he's got A(23)(56). Fine with this.
I overlimp MP with A♦ 5♦ 2♣ 9♠ Q♠ , one more limp and button makes it 10,
5 ways to the flop of 8♣ 9♦ 3♦, I donk 20 and get two calls
Turn comes 9♣ , I bet 50 and get two calls again.
River brings the 10♦ and ep checks, I (?)
I open to 7 UTG with A♣ 2♥ 3♠ K♥ J♥ and get cold called by hypernit, late position calls and blinds fold.
Flop of 5♣ 7♣ T♥ and I check, nit bets 5 lol, other guy calls I call.
Turn is an 8♥ and I check again, nit makes it 20, other guy calls I call, expecting my low to quarter with a decent frequency.
River is J♦ and I check, nit pots it, other guy repots it for ~140. (?)