You are looking at Two Texas Hold'em poker players. The first player makes an average of $30 per hour at the tables. The second player makes an average of $20 per hour. So which is the better player? I would suggest that most people would nominate player one due to his higher hourly rate. However, this may not be the case. He may just be fussier!
To suggest that a player's ability alone determines how much money they make is to ignore the other equally important variable – 'the quality of opposition'. Your C division basketball team may have an average winning margin of 30 points per game. However, that does not make them superior to an A division team with an average winning margin of 20 points. Their average winning margin is better because they are playing against a poorer standard of opponent.
Therefore, it is not the standard of your own game alone that will determine how much money you make. It is the difference between your game and that of your average opponent. So player one may be only an average player compared to player two. However, if he is shopping around to find loose tables then he is extracting every dollar out of the game that he has developed.
I have found this to be critically important playing Texas Holdem poker. It is certainly worth the time and effort to search around different sites and tables to find the loose tables. Average pot size is a good indicator although average player's per flop is the best. I personally won't play at a table unless there are an average of around 4 players still in at the flop. If I can't find such a table I will turn off the computer and go and play golf. If I am playing against opposition who are just as tight as I then the only won who is winning over the long run is the dealer.
So be prepared to shop around and only settle on a table where there is an average of four of more players per flop. The more the better! There are plenty of them out there. This logic applies to limit, pot limit and no limit Texas Hold'em. Remember, the fussy players get the most coin!