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Grinding out of the microstakes

My journey from being a losing 1/2c player
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Zooming to the top

By: Dany Boy NZ @ 09:31 (EDT) / 71 / Comment ( 0 )

The last week was probably the most significant week in my poker life, 6 days ago my bankroll was at $126 and change and now it has rocketed up to just over 190, this might not seem that significant to some of you but the big thing is, i did it almost completly (i had 2 tourny cashs for a cumalative total of just under 10$ profit) by playing 1c/2c cash games (Zoom)

I started the week playing 1 table, then quickly started playing 2 then 3 and now i sumtimes play 4, really depending on if im in my super concentrating and awake mood :-D .

I am so suprised at how easy these games are to beat having strugled with cash games for the past 4 years since i started playing poker. I have realised playing zoom and multi tableling that my problem in other games was that i was reluctant to lay down miedium to big pcket pairs if i thought i was behind preflop just because  they dont come around that often and i felt i just had to play them.
Now playing zoom ill get thru hundreds of hands in just 20 or 30 mins and so i see so many goodhands im able to just throw them away when i realise the situation is no longer profitable :) .(this is a habit i hope continues over into slower games and my live play).

Im so pleased with my progress and have learnt so much in just this past week. i have recorded my stats on an excel spredsheet at the end of each session and have discovered that i have recorded at least 4500 hands :O :O and i have only remembered to record nu,ber of hands played on just less than half my sessions having played about 25 sessions i would not be at all suprised if i played over 10k hands this week. Please remember that i am a former one tableer who would play tournys each day and would probably rake up a total of 1k hands in aweek at a stretch  unless i also played hu sitngoes.

My last session i decided to take a shot at the 2/5c games, playing just 2 tables so i can focus more, and although one session is not a good meausure, i did profit about $6 over about 400 hands, not huge money but hopfully it continues :) . I was actually planing to wait till i got to 250$ playing 1/2c before moving up but im going to see how it goes  and am fully prepared to move back down if need be.

The main lessons i have learnt from my recent exposure to so many hands are:
.Power of position which was so evident in so many scenarios

.The strength of 3 betting rather than calling behind (this is somthing i greatly underestimated previously)(for some reason i just had not realised how tough it was to face a three bet untill i was faced with like 100 an hour haha)

.The strength of 4 betting weak when you suspect somone is 3 betting weak (this normally occured when i was raising from late position and then one of the binds would 3 bet me and was somthing i would probably have never done in prevouse play without a monster).
There were several other little plays that i saw used and used myself that were very effective but hay i cant be giving away all my little secrets :)

Anyway thats my essay/progress report for now :) goodluck at the tables :)
I hope you enjoyed reading.

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