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Old 09-28-2016, 06:15 AM   #1
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Kiranov's micros challenge - from NL2 to NL100

Hello 2+2!

First of all a bit of presentation

My name is Francesco, I am a 26 yo professional poker player and coach from Italy, playing poker since 2010 but professionally from 2013.

I like challenges (did some in the past), it is a long time that I wanted to do one like this and since "played poker" is not anymore my main income, I would say that finally the time has come!

My goal is to start with a very tiny bankroll (100€) and move up to NL100 starting from NL2. I will use a quite aggressive BR strategy, this is my idea:

100€ start @NL2
150€ -> LVL UP NL5
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125€ -> LVL DOWN NL2
300€ -> LVL UP NL10
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250€ -> LVL DOWN NL5
750€ -> LVL UP NL25
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625€ -> LVL DOWN NL10
1.500€ -> LVL UP NL50
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1.250€ -> LVL DOWN NL25
3.000€ -> LVL UP NL100 - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

I've always been a super-nit in BR management during my poker career, so feel free to suggest any change, I'm still working on it and adjustments are probably needed.

I will post daily updates here with results, stats, graphs, impression and basically everything I consider interesting!

I will play on Pokerstars.it and my plan is to start at zoom, but I may change to normal if I think it will be better for any reason.
I will occasionally play at NL50-NL100 in another poker room, but just to keep myself "warm" at a higher stake since I will keep my coaching activity going on. This will not affect this challenge at all.

Why did I choose to do this?
As I said I like this kind of things, plus I'm working on a poker course relative to the micros with written and video material, so this could be very inspiring for me. Will give updates about that too in this thread!

I plan to stream some sessions on twitch, this is my channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mynameiscesko

I will try to inform you before every stream directly on this thread

I really don't know how much time I will be able to dedicate at this challenge every day, so I will not set a deadline.

The challenge will officially start the 1st October, but it is quite possible that I will already have few hands since I'm trying softwares and HUDs!
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:34 AM   #2
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Subbed. GL
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:48 AM   #3
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In of course. Gl

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Old 09-28-2016, 10:33 AM   #4
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Played 1h to fix the HUD and starshelper. Let's call it a good run to start with

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Old 09-28-2016, 10:53 AM   #5
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hey gl buddy will def follow this
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:23 AM   #6
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in for dis, gl mateyyyy
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:16 PM   #7
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Re: Kiranov's micros challenge - from NL2 to NL100

Glglglgl, always love watching experienced players take on the micros
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:40 PM   #8
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subbed. i am playing cash games too. go to my thread to discuss hands

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Old 09-28-2016, 01:20 PM   #9
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Re: Kiranov's micros challenge - from NL2 to NL100

gl gl gl will follow (on twitch also)

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:11 PM   #10
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Thanks to everybody!

At the end I played more than I planned, fact is that I really enjoyed it so I used part of my free time

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Old 09-29-2016, 04:53 AM   #11
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First time I'm trying starshelper and I'm asking myself why the hell I never used it when I was regularly grinding on stars

Anyway by now I have 3 labels for NL2:
- Fish
- Reg
- Cocaine

Cocaine players are awesome.
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Old 09-29-2016, 02:40 PM   #12
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I'm done playing the challenge for today, so time for a daily update!

Pretty good I would say



Which, considering what I did yesterday, brings my total profit to 47€, just 3€ from the 1st lvl up!



It would be very cool if tomorrow I would be able to move up at NL5 even before the "official" start of the challenge

About the game, I never had troubles and got a lot of fun by now Never entered in a real downswing, so I'm happy with the run

I actually learned something by playing in this field. I found myself thin value betting something like 2nd, 3rd pair or even A-high a ton, which is quite atypical in my standard games but something that I should definitely start doing more vs recreational players. I would say this will bring me more value in the long run than just these 47€, so super happy even for that!
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:55 AM   #13
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50€ profit officially reached, so time to move up at NL5!

Time for some considerations about NL2

I played less than 6k hands, with a profit of 50€ which means around 43bb/100! Not bad given the killer rake at these stakes!
I know, the sample is very small and variance is still huge, but I would say it's completely possible to have a huge win rate here. Do not forget that I had 0 info on everybody and never played this stake (I started from NL10 few years ago), plus I admit I made some silly mistakes.
I would say the secret to beat this stake is value bet, value bet, value bet. And fold to strong aggression!

Here is the graph:

I will show it next time a student tells me it's impossible to win with the red line vs bad players Mine wasn't growing mainly cause of bluffs (the big ones were just few), but cause of very wide thin value bets.

Positional win rates:


Main Stats:

So, pretty much hammering!

I think I'll start later today with NL5, but as planned I have a very tiny stop loss. So, who knows, maybe I'll go back to NL2 soon Let's hope not and to start with a good run
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:58 AM   #14
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Re: Kiranov's micros challenge - from NL2 to NL100

Is this Zoom only?
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:59 AM   #15
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Is this Zoom only?
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:01 AM   #16
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Impressive! GL @ 5nlz!!
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:59 PM   #17
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def follow this , really good coach and player!!
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:00 PM   #18
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First day at NL5 gone!

I made something like 7€ profit but I have the feeling I ran pretty bad! Not just from the EV side but finding a ton of top ranges overall.
To be honest I made a lot of mistakes and misclicks too, I even lost 1 stack when I had a mid pair and thought I had a set But really made some bad calls on the river.

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Not sure I'll play tomorrow since I planned an excursion to Genova with my gf!
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:44 PM   #19
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I'm surprised you can get away with so much aggression at those stakes, you're killing it man.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:21 PM   #20
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Re: Kiranov's micros challenge - from NL2 to NL100

Played a few and swinged a lot today!



Had a terrible session this evening in which nothing seemed to work (I was having a reverse ghosting too ), but took a break of 15 mins after which I ran pretty well and smashed it.

Still having troubles with some adjustment and making some calls that I shouldn't! Aaaah, tough life for a calling station like me!

Bankroll @174€! On Monday I will make my first stream on twitch

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Old 10-02-2016, 02:46 PM   #21
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Done playing for today!

Didn't play much, but the course I'm working on will not finish by itself!



The day didn't start in the best of the ways but finished pretty good! Still making some very silly mistakes. Didn't have a losing day by now, so I'm pretty satisfied with the run!

Bankroll @ 192€

Tomorrow I will have my first streaming relative to this challenge! I plan to start at 11AM GMT or slightly later
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:16 PM   #22
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Done playing for today!

Didn't play much, but the course I'm working on will not finish by itself!



The day didn't start in the best of the ways but finished pretty good! Still making some very silly mistakes. Didn't have a losing day by now, so I'm pretty satisfied with the run!

Bankroll @ 192€

Tomorrow I will have my first streaming relative to this challenge! I plan to start at 11AM GMT or slightly later
great start of your challenge bro will follow you on twitch gogogogogo
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:03 PM   #23
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Pretty cool day at NL5



And this is NL5 so far:



So hammering still working by now!

Had my first twitch streaming today Had some audio problems in the beginning but they got fixed, so I think the next one will be on Wednesday!

I'm really enjoying the game in this challenge, results apart I'm having a lot of fun at the tables!

Bankroll @225€!
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:26 PM   #24
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Another good day, ran pretty bad during the last session (ton of x/r turn & river) but really can't complain



Bankroll @244€
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:24 PM   #25
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Played some normal since zoom wasn't starting this morning (there is a promo for NL10z up) and the day started pretty bad, but ended awesomely



Wasn't able to stream on twitch today cause of people around the house, but I will try tomorrow!

Bankroll @274€!
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