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/Feb/2013

Moving up the stakes

By: NZbro286 @ 05:40 (EST) / 304 / Comment ( 2 )

Last time I posted my BR was in the low hundreds but thanks to some hard work on 2NL and on `the big game nz` promotion I've managed to build my BR to around $750. Most of my play outside the promotion has been 2NL 6-Max and full ring games. I have been playing 6 tables at once with 4 6-Max and 2 full ring zoom tables up at once. Multi tabling helps me to be more patient and to wait for profitable situations although sometimes I get distracted post-flop and end up making some odd plays. I usually gain around $4-5 an hour on 2NL so I wanted to make the leap to 5NL since my BR definitely allows it.

A couple of months ago I had a shot at 5NL except it wasn't completely successful. I was up around $15 total after around 3 sessions until I had a horrible session where I was down over $25. After that I decided to move back down. Now that my BR is larger I feel like I can experiment more with 5NL and get a feel for it without denting my BR too much. I started my 2nd attempt today with a 45 minute session on on 4 5NL6max zoom tables. On one of the first 10 hands, out of around 700 in the session, I was stacked with KK against AA (all-in pre-flop). After  that I continued to lose chips for another 20-30 mins. Towards the end of the session I started to play a bit better and I executed some decent bluffs/plays. I ended -$3 for the session which isnt great but some of my play towards the end of the session was encouraging so hopefully I can turn profits in future sessions to come.

 

The main differences between 2NL and 5NL are

 

1: 5NL is generally played far more aaggressively pre-flop.

2: Players utilise positions far more in 5NL and will almost always `float` the flop in position and even the turn too.

3: Players tend to bluff more  in 5NLwhich makes it hard to distinguish whether players have a legitimate hand or not. In 5NL you must ask yourself whether their line makes sense before calling or folding.

4: Tighter shoving ranges pre-flop in 5NL. Limited to aces, kings and maybe queens depending on stack sizing. 2NL ranges are aces,kings, queens, jacks, AK and even AQ sometimes.

5: Far fewer smaller stacks e.g. 20-40BB stacks. Many players on 5NL auto top-up thier stcaks to 100BBs like I do.

6: Fewer fish in general ( open shoving preflop, shoving flops with second pair, calling you down with second pair, stuff like that).

All of these reasons contribute to 5NL being less profitable but I'm up for the challenge.

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