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Let's ZOOM the Micros! (6max NL)

    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Hello, there! My name is Florin and I am from Romania. I play poker for 6 years but never as a job. I think it's a kind of entertainment for me, but if I can win some money is even better. I will play on Pokerstars, starting 2NL with 35$. Well....I admit, I started a month ago with 30, won 75, then lost 106$ at 5NL zoom (bad luck-->bad game--->bad mood---> spew) so now I am down to 35$, but with some nice StarCoins. I will let the Starcoins until I reach 100$, and then I will rebate and the sum of the rebate will be used as a shot to the upper limit. I watched weazels series and I learned a lot. I will watch Lemon and I hope I will have good luck in my good game. Good luck to all of you!

      Start:

      Objectives: Beat 2NL with 10bb+
      Reach 100$ until 15 March
      Beat 5NL with 8bb+
      Reach 250$ until 15 April
      Beat 10NL with 8bb+
      Reach 1000 until 15 July
      Shots 25NL with 750$
      Beat 25NL with 5bb+
      WIN 300$/MONTH FOR A LIVING


      Any suggestions are welcomed! I admit I am noob, I didn't take it serious with poker and I apologize to the Romanian comunity because I was a tilted fish and a stuborn man. I hope you will help me improving my game and understand the pokerstars poker.
      My stats so far on Pokerstars:

      February 2016: 50k Hands (I've played 42k so far, so I talk about 50k from now on)
      Beat 2NL with 10bb/100 or better.
      Study 3b ranges and steal from the Button and Blinds
  • 26 replies
    • Starpior
      Starpior
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      Joined: 20.12.2010 Posts: 27
      Hey, best of luck to you! :f_drink:
      How many tables do you play at a time? Are you going to update your blog weekly?

      Cheers
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Thanks, starpior. I will play 4 zoom tables. I will update weekly the result and ask advices about hands when I will have troubles.

      Best of luck!
    • xavez0
      xavez0
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      Joined: 29.04.2009 Posts: 89
      Hello fellow NL2'er! :f_drink:
      I'm too in the process of working my mind set! :f_biggrin:
      I suggest you join the Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge, since you already started a blog, you just have to opt-in and make weekly reports on the reporting thread.
      Best Luck on the tables! :spade:
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Hey, xavez! Good luck at the tables! I hope you will not take my stacks :P .

      Today I got a hard day. Happy for my 4.7k hands, but sadly I ended break-even. I was -4BI 80% of session because I got my AK in AA twice and once in KK, once in QQ, and not even my AA hold to TT, so is very good to be break-even! I'm happy that I make the EV to owe me and not be afraid of the upcoming downswing.

      I don't know what is the purpose of the BR Challenge. I already have a challenge with myself. And I would call it Get rich or LIVE trying :)
      GL to all!
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Another bad day...-2bi, EV +5bi... AK vs any pocket pair= never lucky and 3 situations of lucky river for the villain...

      Feels so fkin bad, man...

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2866122
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      Hero (BTN): $4.17
      SB: $2.69
      BB: $5.78
      UTG: $3.11
      MP: $2.05
      CO: $3.46

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with T :club: 9 :club:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.06, 1 fold, BB calls $0.04

      Flop: ($0.13) 8 :diamond: J :diamond: Q :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.13, Hero calls $0.13

      Turn: ($0.39) 2 :spade: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.38, Hero raises to $0.95, BB raises to $5.59 all in, Hero calls $3.03 all in

      River: ($8.35) 8 :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $8.35
      Hero shows T :club: 9 :club: (a straight, Eight to Queen)
      BB shows 8 :spade: 8 :heart: (four of a kind, Eights)
      BB wins $8.06
      (Rake: $0.29)
    • vonki
      vonki
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      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      GL!! :f_thumbsup: Nice goals you got, but be careful to set bb/100 goals in zoom, it's a quite swingy game!
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      TY vonki. You really inspire me with your blogs and challenges. I can hardly achieve 8bb/100...but I want to try this.

      Today I played 2 sessions. In the first I was really lucky, finished +3bi, but in the second my sets were destroyed by flushes and I didn't give them credit, so, after 3k hands I ended -1bi. After 4.6k hands, I am +2bi...

      Better luck tomorrow!
    • vonki
      vonki
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      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      Hehe, I am not entierly sure I would achieve those winrates at zoom either. I am not going to find out though, since I don't enjoy playing zoom so I stick to normal tables! :f_grin: thanks for your kind words, I really aprechiate it :f_love:
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      I had 8bb/100 on my first 70.000 hands of 2NL, but now I don't know what happens...it's like I don't know how to play... Can't put up a session with 4bi+....And is sooo depressing when you play zoom and you get made hands...

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2867069
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      Hero (BTN): $3.14
      SB: $2.09
      BB: $5.55
      UTG: $2.46
      MP: $2.00
      CO: $1.58

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with A :club: A :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.06, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.16, 2 folds, MP raises to $0.46, Hero calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.95) 7 :heart: 3 :diamond: K :heart: (2 players)
      MP bets $0.62, Hero calls $0.62

      Turn: ($2.19) J :spade: (2 players)
      MP bets $0.92 all in, Hero calls $0.92

      River: ($4.03) Q :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $4.03
      Hero shows A :club: A :spade: (a pair of Aces)
      MP shows J :heart: J :club: (three of a kind, Jacks)
      MP wins $3.89
      (Rake: $0.14)

      When he reraise, I let him go all-in on flop or turn. When I see K on flop and he cbet, I put him on AK and let him go all-in on turn. So there it was...I played bad because if I would go all-in pfr...I would have won 0.50...but because I wanted 100bb, I got punished...Anyway, I think he would go all-in pfr because he was aggressive reg...

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2867073
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      BTN: $2.43
      SB: $2.07
      BB: $7.09
      Hero (UTG): $2.02
      MP: $4.15
      CO: $2.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is UTG with K :diamond: Q :club:
      Hero raises to $0.06, 1 fold, CO calls $0.06, 1 fold, SB calls $0.05, 1 fold

      Flop: ($0.20) Q :heart: 9 :club: Q :diamond: (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.14, CO folds, SB calls $0.14

      Turn: ($0.48) 6 :spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.30, Hero raises to $0.83, SB raises to $1.87 all in, Hero calls $0.99 all in

      River: ($4.12) T :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $4.12
      SB shows Q :spade: A :spade: (three of a kind, Queens)
      Hero shows K :diamond: Q :club: (three of a kind, Queens - lower kicker)
      SB wins $3.98
      (Rake: $0.14)

      Here I got the trips...I think it's a pretty good hand. Maybe he got TT+, maybe Qx, but only AQ beats me and full houses. I take the risk with my 3-4th nuts and pay the price...

      I really love the RNG... (Renegades from LoL LCS :D )
    • AlvisR
      AlvisR
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      Joined: 27.02.2009 Posts: 706
      Yeah RNG is a mess. I just tried out nl2 zoom for 2 days and posted a graph in my blog. Some days you can run like a god, but some days you do whatever you want but nothing goes your way. Just be mentally strong in those bad days!
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Start BR: 35.52$
      Current BR: 31.60$

      Next days I will try to study some theory, working on agression at zoom and try to play better.
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      started my session today...first hand at tables...I tried normal tables...


      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2867813
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      UTG: $0.86
      MP: $2.00
      CO: $1.80
      BTN: $6.04
      SB: $2.33
      Hero (BB): $2.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BB with T :heart: T :diamond:
      UTG raises to $0.06, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.06, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.30, UTG calls $0.24, BTN calls $0.24

      Flop: ($0.91) 4 :diamond: 4 :club: 8 :spade: (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.60, UTG folds, BTN calls $0.60

      Turn: ($2.11) Q :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.10 all in, BTN calls $1.10

      River: ($4.31) 6 :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Never lucky...Never in the maths EV...
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      UPDATE: Continued playing normal hands and in 1.5k hands I ended +7.15$ which means 24bb/100.

      Now I understand why vonki said she doesn't want to try winning at zoom.

      OF COURSE NOT! When I was at normal tables, I was like a child who sees for the first time a clean sea. I was excited and thinking like: "Oh, look!!! I can see the fishes!!!"

      This week I will continue with normal tables. If it goes well, next month I will play only normals and focus on winrate, not on volume. The rakeback is just a Morgana Witch...
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Something like....FeelsBadMan :) ))))

      http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/19996-buddhist-monk-to-stand-trial-for-gambling-spree
    • vonki
      vonki
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      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      Originally posted by lazflo
      UPDATE: Continued playing normal hands and in 1.5k hands I ended +7.15$ which means 24bb/100.

      Now I understand why vonki said she doesn't want to try winning at zoom.

      OF COURSE NOT! When I was at normal tables, I was like a child who sees for the first time a clean sea. I was excited and thinking like: "Oh, look!!! I can see the fishes!!!"

      This week I will continue with normal tables. If it goes well, next month I will play only normals and focus on winrate, not on volume. The rakeback is just a Morgana Witch...
      Hahahah this made me laugh out loud :f_love: Can I keep this quoute and show to my other students? ;)
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      Of course you can! Gladly! :D
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Well, I have to admit. Vonki`s karma around here does miracles! She doesn't coach me and I win big. Imagine if I or you will! I am like a sick man who only thinks of the doctor and gets better.
      I lost a 186bb pot pfr KK vs AA and another 2 hands of KK vs fishes luck, but I didn't have problems with tilt and manage to win some nice money.
      I think I will change the name of the blog to "LET'S SLOW DOWN TO REGULAR TABLES AND WIN BIG!"

    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      How bad was my logic here? I wanted to keep his TT+ and I just called on flop...Villain is a 68/14/15.8 on 65 hands, so I wanted to let him be the aggromaniac when he starts with donkbet.

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2868394
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      MP: $2.08
      CO: $2.87
      BTN: $1.99
      SB: $2.01
      Hero (BB): $2.63
      UTG: $4.75

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BB with K :spade: K :diamond:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.06, SB calls $0.05, Hero raises to $0.26, 1 fold, SB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.58) 6 :diamond: 7 :club: 7 :spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.16, Hero calls $0.16

      Turn: ($0.90) 2 :spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.10, Hero raises to $0.56, SB calls $0.46

      River: ($2.02) 2 :heart: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.14, Hero calls $0.14

      Final Pot: $2.30
      SB shows A :club: 2 :diamond: (a full house, Deuces full of Sevens)
      Hero mucks K :spade: K :diamond:
      SB wins $2.22
      (Rake: $0.08)


      2. Here the villain is a 36/31/27.3 in 42 hands. Wanted to let him bluff the QQ or JJ, but when he bets on river I thought he might have a a set on flop...calling 25bb pfr reraise...I can still put him on KK, AA, so I folded. Any thoughts with these agressive players on river? I learnt that they don't bluff on river...

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 2868398
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      CO: $2.98
      Hero (BTN): $4.42
      SB: $2.42
      BB: $3.04
      UTG: $1.64

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with A :club: K :diamond:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.06, 1 fold, BB raises to $0.19, Hero raises to $0.52, BB calls $0.33

      Flop: ($1.05) 3 :spade: K :heart: 7 :club: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.05) 2 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

      River: ($2.05) 2 :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $1.98, Hero folds
    • lazflo
      lazflo
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      Joined: 20.10.2010 Posts: 758
      I'll call it a day...the RNG is in tryhard mode so I just decide to keep my BR. -3$ today with a lot of LUCK, so I think it's the perfect time for a pause and some movies.

      Good night, everyone!

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