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Zoom Poker Challenge - Starting at 2NL

    • Bacamarte91
      Joined: 25.09.2014 Posts: 13
      Hey folks! I have been trying out several different formats lately. Initially, the Hyper-Turbos and SNGs seemed to be my favorites but now I think Zoom Poker (full ring) is the one I'm most comfortable with. I had a pretty bad experience with the cash games in the past and I believe I'm beginning to have a solid grasp at them.

      The challenge consists in playing at least 3000 hands a day and moving up stakes as I grow my bankroll. Also, I would like to share hands and discuss them with you so that I find leaks in my game. All feedback is greatly appreciated!

      Day 1

      I had an excellent run overall. I realized I was being extremely tight on crucial spots in the first 1100 hands. I decided to change drastically by raising a lot more preflop (I won many big pots with non premium hands) and being more aggressive. There was a solid drop as you can see in my graph and that was because of one hand. How would you have played it? Didn't have a lot of info on the villain but he seemed like a maniac type of player (36 Hands, VPIP 39, PR 28, 3-Bet 13). I ended up getting sucked out unfortunately. I wouldn't have called the 5-bet all in with QQ against an unknown person but I decided to take a risk with that player.
  • 9 replies
    • Bacamarte91
      Joined: 25.09.2014 Posts: 13
      Another one I may not have played it correctly:

      My question is about the turn. Is it really bad to move all in with the third low spade card coming completing a possible flush and straight draw? I didn't believe he had a draw because he had previously raised my bet on the flop.

      A couple of fun hands where I just can't understand the thinking process behind these crazy players lol
      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      gl mate
    • ikkvr
      Joined: 19.12.2012 Posts: 995
      Gl have failed a lot of challenges like this :D
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 10,734
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    • MaxLange
      Joined: 20.09.2014 Posts: 195
      Nice graph good luck, and if u want to be sucessfull put a lot of volune in the game!
    • MrMardyBum
      Joined: 14.03.2009 Posts: 2,235
      Hey dude,

      Good luck, not as easy to build a roll now-a-days compared to a few years ago. Best of luck following :)

    • Bacamarte91
      Joined: 25.09.2014 Posts: 13
      Hey everyone! I appreciate all the comments and I am sorry for not coming back with any updates. I might still make it to Gold Star, but it's gonna be tough! Haven't been able to put a lot of volume and this is my graph for 2NL for the last couple of days:

      I am currently in the red at 5/10NL after playing pretty badly at times and receiving bad beats, but surprisingly positive at 25NL (only took a few shots some time ago with 1 table open). My bankroll is low at the moment but there are only about 350 VPPs left for me to unlock the $50 VIP Bonus! In order to become a Gold Star by the end of the month I would have to just skip 2NL for now though. Would you say it's too risky if I play 5NL (with 8 Buy ins) and then 10NL (with maybe 10BI)? I would try to play more tight aggressive and ABC poker so that I don't get a lot of variance. Also, are my stats too passive (VPIP 15, PR 10, 3-Bet 4, C-Bet 73)?
    • Bacamarte91
      Joined: 25.09.2014 Posts: 13
      Should I have been worried about the villain having a full house here or it was most likely the player would Just show a Three of a kind or maybe a flush?

      BTN: $3.01
      SB: $2.01
      BB: $2.47
      UTG: $3.73
      UTG+1: $1.45
      MP: $2.13
      Hero (MP+1): $5.07
      MP+2: $5.20
      CO: $2.14

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.03) Hero has Q:diamond: T:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.06, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB calls $0.04

      Flop: ($0.13, 2 players) 8:diamond: 8:spade: 2:diamond:
      BB bets $0.12, Hero calls $0.12

      Turn: ($0.37, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.20, BB calls $0.20

      River: ($0.77, 2 players) J:spade:
      BB bets $1.74, Hero calls $1.74

      BB shows 6:spade: K:spade: (One Pair, Eights)
      Hero shows Q:diamond: T:diamond: (Flush, Queen High)
      Hero wins $4.10

    • sokoi
      Joined: 23.11.2010 Posts: 125
      IMO on the flop I wouldn't put him on anything other then a Ax and maybe a FD himself. I would have 3b Cbet him on flop. Probably would have taken the pot there. Interesting that he ck/c the turn. I can see the confusion but either way you've made your hand and now its just about value betting from here on out. If he did make his flush I see him raising your turn, but that wasn't the case. I think on the river he went for out for lunch, not exactly sure why he would think K high is good here, but for your sake you shove and you have him hook line and sinker like the fish he is. Nicely done!

      Without knowing his stats again I can't see or have him on any made hand. If he had any piece of the board i think a raise from him on the flop or turn you have seen.