I am not a winning player, but I am not a losing player either.

I have never made a deposit on PokerStars or any other site for that matter, but I have a small bankroll on all of the sites where I play.

I started all of my bankrolls by playing freeroll tournaments, and subsequently on micro stakes ring and zoom games and micro tournaments.

My bankrolls fluctuate between $10 and $200.

I play about average, I am not the worst player on a table or tournament, nor am I the best, I am somewhere in the middle.

I play mainly NLHE, but have dabbled in all of the other variants of poker offered, except for the two new ones being offered on Stars, the 5 card Omaha and Chourchevel, which will be rectified shortly.

Just because I am not a winning player, does not mean that I do not grasp the fundamentals of the game.

I have been playing Poker since 1964 when the only types of Poker that were played widely, were 5 card draw and 5 card stud.

When I was first introduced to Poker, it was 5 card draw, and we played for fun ( matchsticks ) usually, as I and my fellow reprobates were only teenagers and did not have a great deal of money to throw around.

Draw was our usual game.  The variant we played was:- each player dealt into the hand posted an ante, then five cards were dealt to each player ( we never allowed more than seven players per hand ). The player to the left of the Dealer was the first to decide whether or not to open the betting, ( this required him/her to have a minimum of a pair of Jacks ) if he/she couldn't open or opted not to, then the next person to their left had to decide, and so on.  If no-one opened the betting, all hands were folded and a new hand was dealt, ( the 'Dealer' having been re-allocated to the person to the last 'Dealers' left ) and all players posting another ante, this situation carried on until someone opened the betting.
After the first round of betting was completed ( i.e. Bet , fold, raise, re-raise etc. ) the players in turn discarded their unwanted cards and received new ones. Usually one, two or three cards were discarded, I had only seen four cards discarded a few times and never seen anyone discard all five.
If the deck ran out of cards before the last person in the hand had received their replacement cards, then the discarded cards would be shuffled and the remaining player/s dealt their cards from this 'new' deck.  Then the final round of betting until an eventual winner emerged.
It was required that, the player that opened the betting, show his/her openers at the end of the hand.
This was to show that he/she had a hand sufficient to open with, it was not a requirement that you have better than Jacks to compete in the hand once opened.
This meant that if the opener folded before the completion of the hand, then their cards were not added to the muck, but were kept to one side. Similarly, if the opener decided to split his/her openers,  ( for example: if they were dealt Ace Hearts, King Hearts, Queen Hearts, Jack hearts and Jack Spades, they may decide to discard the Jack of spades in favour of the Broadway, Flush and Royal Flush draws )
They were required to declare that they were spltting their openers, and the discarded card/s set aside to be shown at the end of the hand.

I became disillusioned with Poker late in 1968, not long after I joined the Army.  We had a regular 'Poker School', on wednesday evenings ( which just happened to be pay day ) and it was a very enjoyable experience, until a new player joined us. ( a driver who had just been transferred to our Regiment ).

Up until that time we had played with certain unspoken rules.  These were: 1, you could only play with the cash you had with you, there would be no I.O.U.'s. 2, if you ran out of cash during the betting, you had twenty minutes in which to obtain more and return to the hand, or you had to fold.

In those days it was not heard of ( at least by us ) that if you had insufficient funds to completely cover the bets, that you could still participate in the hand and a side pot created, as it is today.

This is what caused me to be disillusioned with Poker, as the new arrival always brought a significant amount of money with him, usually far more than the rest of us conbined, and quite often would 'buy' the pot by betting so large an amount that no-one could call.

It was only with the beginning of online Poker that I found that Poker had changed, in as much as Texas Hold'em was now being played and that now, you couldn't be forced out of a hand through lack of funds, that I have rekindled my love of Poker.