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Old 03-26-2017, 06:24 PM   #1
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Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30BI





Hey guys, so started taking cash games seriously from December 2016 (all images are from 01/12/16 - present). I didn't have much interest in zoom at this time as I found cash tables softer. I found 5nl very easy to begin with playing quite simple ABC poker. People where making so many mistakes that I didn't feel any need to employ fancy strats. Started with $100 and ran it up pretty fast was at $200 by Jan.

In Jan I started play 10nl, 20BI seemed fine and ran that upto $300 by mid Jan. I thought I was crushing them games but looking back it was just a good run. I knew I wasn't the best by far at the stakes but I was very good at finding bad players and getting position on them. During this time I kept looking at the 16nl games because they looked really soft when compared to 10nl. So I took some shots running 3 10nl and 1 16nl.

I did pretty well starting out at 16nl making $40 in 400 hands. So started playing this as my reg stake. This only lasted a couple of sessions however going from +$40 to -$50. Some bad beats and losing some flips also I just do not feel I had the experience to play with the people there.

This crushed my bankroll and confidence. I dropped back to 10nl and found I was struggling. This is when I started to realise that I needed to improve my overall play. So made my bankroll management 30BI instead of 20.

I started playing cash table 5nl again and found that a lot of the tricks I was doing at 10nl and 16nl simply didn't work because they was going over the opps head. I had to go back to simple ABC poker.

This is when I started playing zoom because I didn't have to spend as my energy table selecting and finding fish, I could focus on playing better. This is basically the story so far.

My Bankroll is around $250 now; going to focus on 5nl zoom for the time being as I can get a lot more hands per hour with 2 tables of zoom vs 4 reg and find I am more focused.

So Goal:
  • When I get back upto $300 ill be mixing between zoom and reg 10NL
  • Focus on number of hands instead of results
  • Keep learning on and off the table around work
  • 25NL by the end of the year
  • Play and learn more PLO because it is so much fun
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Old 04-22-2017, 04:37 PM   #2
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

Took shots today at 10nl with $270, ran $20 below ev. That's karma I guess for not waiting for 30bi(just kidding). Played well and very soft although it was Saturday and games are always softer. My A game started to slip at the end, after my second KK vs AA of the day and then shortly after my KK got beat by QQ. I stopped playing before I tilt which is something I struggle with a lot.


But I guess the past two days on party make up for it at 5nl


For now focusing on reg tables at 5nl on stars and party. Should be ready for another shot on a Saturday in early may.
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:46 PM   #3
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

Was a bit ill today, so made table selecting my focus as new I would not be on my A game and had my second most profitable day so far. Not gunna focus on getting back to 10nl atm just going to try and play in the softest games and run it up on some other sites.

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Old 05-06-2017, 01:17 PM   #4
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May is going good so far lets see if we can keep it up

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Old 05-06-2017, 10:39 PM   #5
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

Total 4/5nl reg tables. Plan for now keep on grinding

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Old 05-07-2017, 05:24 AM   #6
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

How are the 5nl fast-forward tables on Party vs 5nl zoom on stars?

Currently grinding 2nl zoom on stars but I notice 5nl is the lowest fast forward limit on party and party has a reputation for being softer than stars. Thinking of putting some cash on party and taking a shot.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:41 AM   #7
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

Party zoom is softer, its a smaller player pool so you get better reads, mainly full of nits with a few huge fish, if you doing well on 2nl zoom you should have no problem with party
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:59 PM   #8
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Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B



Back at 10nl, Need to work on my aggression as this has dropped a bit recently, volume recently has been pretty meh as I have been working a lot.

    IPoker, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
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    CO: $6.07 (60.7 bb)
    Hero (BTN): $10 (100 bb)
    SB: $11.69 (116.9 bb)
    BB: $13.99 (139.9 bb)
    MP: $12.15 (121.5 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is BTN with Q Q
    2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, SB raises to $0.50, BB folds, Hero raises to $1, SB raises to $3.10, Hero calls $2.10

    Flop: ($6.30) 9 5 9 (2 players)
    SB bets $8.59 and is all-in, Hero calls $6.90 and is all-in

    Turn: ($20.10) 4 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
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      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
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      SB: $5.97 (59.7 bb)
      Hero (BB): $18.43 (184.3 bb)
      MP: $1.99 (19.9 bb)
      CO: $13.84 (138.4 bb)
      BTN: $12 (120 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with K K
      MP raises to $1.99 and is all-in, 3 folds, Hero calls $1.89

      Flop: ($4.03) T 6 7 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: ($4.03) 5 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
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      Will not let me post last hand all the same player, within 5mins sb vs bb, flopped quads and got it all back

      June goal up volume and improve aggression will be grinding 10nl reg with someone 5nl when cant find soft games. 2nl zoom from time to time as I play really bad in zoom pools
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      Old 05-26-2017, 08:01 PM   #9
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

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      Old 05-27-2017, 12:44 PM   #10
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      Thanks mate
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      Old 05-31-2017, 06:38 PM   #11
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      May Summary
      • Volume this month was really meh
      • Did well on reg tables and bad in zoom which is pretty normal for me
      • 10nl Reg for June will play some 5nl from time to time
      • 2nl zoom until I stop mental game leaks
      • Rate all my sessions
      • No looking at results for first week, only using HM for session hand numbers and sesh reviews with net and bb hide

      Reg

      Zoom

      Overall


      I am also quitting weed this month to see how it effects volume and results, also to try and get a normal sleep schedule which should also help.

      Did a fair amount of studying last month so gunna try to keep that up and keep on grinding

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      Only dreams now fam.
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      Old 05-31-2017, 06:40 PM   #12
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      HM really need to work on their labels
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      Old 05-31-2017, 06:44 PM   #13
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      I do paint work for hire message me for details
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      Old 05-31-2017, 07:17 PM   #14
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      Gl mate, just drop the weed and some studying and youre gonna be the next OTB
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      Old 05-31-2017, 11:56 PM   #15
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      My current graph looks like your graph in the first post. Looking forward to following your PGC. Good luck OP! Subscribed
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      Old 06-01-2017, 05:44 AM   #16
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      Thanks guys
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      Old 06-06-2017, 07:56 PM   #17
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      Total Graph since returning to 10nl


      After 1200 hands was a session after having some family drama that I shouldn't have played, Vs kept getting there on the river and I was too frustrated to fold. Taken a few days off, reviewed the session and am happy to keep grinding 10nl especially on the weekends.

      I am tempted to get flopzilla soon more for zoom than reg. I feel confident and comfortable on reg tables due to reads however without (zoom) I feel a bit lost in some spots. I can create better defined ranges as I know mine in some of the less common spots are really meh.

      Not looking at results went okay but I do find it harder to spot when my A game is slipping.
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      Old 06-07-2017, 03:29 AM   #18
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      Nice blog, glglgl.

      How's quitting weed going this month? Managed to stick at it? Any noticeable differences?
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      Old 06-07-2017, 08:16 AM   #19
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      Nice blog, glglgl.

      How's quitting weed going this month? Managed to stick at it? Any noticeable differences?
      Thanks mate

      I have cut right back but not quit yet, from about a gram a day to one bowl to help me sleep when i have work. Not any real noticeable different so far, i did manage to play a morning session before work that I could never do in the past. I got two days off now so hopefully will have none on these two days and I will go from there.
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      Old 06-12-2017, 06:58 PM   #20
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      Moved upto 5nlz but volume has been really meh still trying to play more but if I am not playing close to my A game I stop

      Got to show dem regs who is boss sometimes

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      Hero (BTN): $7.29
      SB: $2.45
      BB: $6.01
      UTG: $5.00
      MP: $5.19
      CO: $3.49

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is BTN with Q 4
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, 1 fold, BB calls $0.07

      Flop: ($0.26) 2 A 5 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.15, BB raises to $0.52, Hero calls $0.37

      Turn: ($1.30) A (2 players)
      BB bets $0.63, Hero calls $0.63

      River: ($2.56) A (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $6.02 all in, BB folds
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      Old 07-01-2017, 05:28 PM   #21
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      June Update
      • Volume was terrible
      • Was really hand to grind during heat wave
      • Played Meh most of the time
      • Played when I had other things on my mind
      • Been focusing on some life stuff outside of poker
      • Confident in my game but still looking to improve
      • Played two live cash games with friends up £5 in first and £92 in second (PLO coolers are fun)
      • Failed pretty hard on quitting weed
      • Got a prop bet with a friend this month to quit, Laid him 3/1 so as long as I don't get drunk and **** up should be weed free easy.

      Graphs



      July Plan
      • Play what I want, When I want
      • 2nl, 5nl, 10nl Mix, Zoom and Reg
      • Do some more range work
      • Got off to a good start although very small sample size



      GLHF Watch Me Rise
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      Old 07-01-2017, 05:44 PM   #22
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

      GLGL subbed.

      I think you most likely just need to find some life hacks to squeeze in more volume if possible, ~11k hands a month is pretty slim.
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      Old 07-01-2017, 06:47 PM   #23
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      Thanks mate, I know my volume is terrible, I don't want poker to feel like a job or be a job, obviously I want to win and see how far I can go. I 2 table zoom and 4 table reg anything above this and I don't feel comfortable.
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      Old 07-05-2017, 06:34 PM   #24
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      Got a week off work starting today so going to try and get some volume in, but also got a fair bit planned. Also home game on Saturday which I should have an edge in.

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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      Hero (BTN): $2.03
      SB: $2.04
      BB: $2.00
      UTG: $4.25
      MP: $1.62
      CO: $5.57

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with 7 5
      2 folds, CO calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, 2 folds, CO calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.23) 4 8 K (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.13, CO calls $0.13

      Turn: ($0.49) Q (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.26, CO calls $0.26

      River: ($1.01) T (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero checks

      Final Pot: $1.01
      Hero shows 7 5 (high card King - Queen+Ten+Eight+Seven kicker)
      CO shows 5 6 (high card King)
      Hero wins $0.97
      (Rake: $0.04)

      Bet he was mad
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      Old 07-05-2017, 06:59 PM   #25
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      Re: Journey From 5nl to 16nl and back again or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 30B

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      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      Hero (BTN): $2.03
      SB: $2.04
      BB: $2.00
      UTG: $4.25
      MP: $1.62
      CO: $5.57

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with 7 5
      2 folds, CO calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, 2 folds, CO calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.23) 4 8 K (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.13, CO calls $0.13

      Turn: ($0.49) Q (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.26, CO calls $0.26

      River: ($1.01) T (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero checks

      Final Pot: $1.01
      Hero shows 7 5 (high card King - Queen+Ten+Eight+Seven kicker)
      CO shows 5 6 (high card King)
      Hero wins $0.97
      (Rake: $0.04)

      Bet he was mad
      I was gonna say "don't bother bluffing vs a station" but you were clearly value betting your 7 high
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