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Zooming to success

By: EvokeNZ @ 08:20 (EDT) / 332 / Comment ( 2 )

As we are now half-way through the Time Vault challenge, writing regular updates is becoming harder and harder. Not necessarily because I can't be bothered, but because poker has now become so much part of my daily life that nothing really 'exciting' seems to happen that feels worthy writing about.

Lucky for me, this mid-year slump seems to be affecting other participants as well and the list of entrants has more than halved since we began at the start of the year. Then others again have been so successful that they've found themselves in the employ of PSO - well done Fadyen. Nevertheless the list dwindles every month and I only hope I am still writing when the prize gets announced and that it's worthy of the year-long commitment.

Of course, the committment to the game improvement is partially a prize in itself. I have now won my second SNG ever, and came second a few times. The various poker tracking sites are reporting me in profit for the first time ever.

I haven't played much of cash games, but Arty's series of blogs have got me interested in it from the very mathetmatical perspective, and then the Black Kings promotion got me hooked on Zoom. Watching a few session videos by Frosty and Xflixx added some handy tips to my thinking, such as "don't bother stealing at 2NL" and "just let it go". A few times I've been caught out not believing the villain's massive overbets, but I think I've learned my lesson now.

As I'm writing this, I'm sitting at 2NL with just over eight dollars and I've managed to clear my 20 VPP in just three of hours; I've been particularly lucky tonight - hitting set after set, multiple aces, and bluffing off opponents off flush draw boards. This is of course nowhere near Sandtrap's level of game but it's miles ahead of where I was six months ago. Here's my meager graph:

Zoom can get a bit boring, yet it's active enough that you can't really do anything else. What I find really fun is play my colour-coding game and see how many people I can label before it comes up for my turn when I'm in SB/BB/Btn position. Then when I see 'familiar faces', I try and predict what each person will do based on the read I have for them. 

If you're interested, at the cash tables (mostly Zoom 2NL), the hand I've had most frequently has been Q9 (67 times) and very much surprisingly, I'm entirely break-even on it, winning a total of $0.01. My most profitable hand has been aces and my most costly hand has been AK. Aaaah must be that league mentality coming through?

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