I appear to enjoy playing in games where the other players are better than I am. I’ve noticed that I routinely play above the levels where I’m a favorite, while staying within my bankroll. (ie I’m smart enough to not risk the mortgage payment, but not smart enough to play against weaker players.)
It occurred to me as I sat in this $5/$10 Omaha hi/lo game where you pretty much had to be holding the nuts to get at a pot. I sat and thought, "I’m the weakest player here." Then I proceeded to sit and play some more, thinking, "Hey, if I can’t learn something playing at this table, I’m doing something wrong."
Indeed I learned a lot, though I lost my buyin. And it didn’t really bother me that much. I think it was just an expensive poker lesson. That’s going to play havoc with any attempt at profitability. I assume that when I get bored with losing money I’ll drop down a few levels.