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Arty's 6-max challenge. $100 to ???

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  • Arty's 6-max challenge. $100 to ???

    As those of you who follow my blog know, I'm a full ring specialist. Most of my poker experience is of FR cash games at 2NL/5NL, but I recently switched to tourneys for the bulk of my play. A rough patch of variance in SnGs has been pretty tilting, so I'm going to take a break from those for a while. I'll no doubt give tourneys another try in the future (I'll be playing in the Premier League in June) but for now I'm going back to cash games.
    I've played very little 6-max in the past, but I'm going to try and "release my inner LAG" on the short-handed microstakes tables. I've only played a couple of hundred hands of 2NL 6max on Stars in the last couple of days, so I have no clear idea of the ranges average players are opening, but the games seem pretty wild in comparision to the nit-fest that full ring has become. I'm fairly confident I can adapt and prosper, but it's gonna be baby steps at first. The player pool is so big at 2NL 6-max that it will be a while before I have stats/notes on the regs, but I'm gonna give it a try.

    I'm following strict bankroll requirements, beginning with a roll that is well in excess of the 30-35 buy-ins that I'd recommend for beginners. After making a withdrawal today, my account has exactly $100 in it.
    I'm over-rolled for 2NL, as $100 is 50 buy-ins.
    I shall play 2NL 6max until I'm either busto (unlikely), I move up (hopefully), or I abandon the challenge and play something else (possibly). There is no time limit for this challenge, as I simply don't know how much playing time I'll have in the next few months, or how easy/tough the games will be. I don't plan to play more than 4 tables at once, so this could be a long hard slog.

    Moving up/down
    When my roll reaches $150, I'll play 5NL (30 buy-ins), but move back to 2NL if my roll goes down to $125.
    When my roll reaches $300, I'll play 10NL (30 BI), but move back to 5NL if my roll goes down to $250.
    When my roll reaches $560, I'll play 16NL (35 BI), but move back to 10NL if my roll goes down to $480.

    I might actually just stop when I get to $500, if indeed I get that high. For all I know, I might not be able to beat 2NL!

    I'll update this thread occasionally when my bankroll reaches particular high points, or I've played X-thousand hands. I'll also post various stats and graphs from my tracker, discuss strategy and replay some "interesting" hands.

    I'm starting in a few minutes, so if you play 2NL 6-max on Stars, get out of the way when I raise. I always have aces!
    Bracelet Winner

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    gl man will be awsome to follow your progress
    Triple Bracelet Winner

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    • #3
      Good luck and welcome to 6-max Arty umbup: Playing zoom btw?
      Bracelet Winner

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      • #4
        Very interesting...

        Good luck Arty - I'm sure you will do just as well at 6-max with a bit of adjustment.

        I prefer Full Ring at 2NL and 5NL, but my favourite cash games are 6-max at either 10NL or 25NL.

        I'm not rolled to play those 10NL/25NL stakes other than an occasional session, that is why I am back at 2NLFR - at 2NL I prefer full ring.

        6-max is obviously more active, and if you watch any session by our specialist 6-Max trainer here - GarethC23 - you will pick up a hell of a lot, though I don't know if it works so well at lower stakes - I can barely contemplate playing 6-max at 2NL - is it shovemonkey territory?

        It is within my current cash challenge to play some 6,max 2NL so I might give it a go - for now I am happy in the nitfest that 2NL FR has become. Where my TAG stats make me a maniac..

        Ed
        Last edited by EdinFreeMan; Thu May 09, 2013, 11:57 PM.
        4 Time Bracelet Winner


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        • #5
          Good Luck Artyumbup:umbup:umbup:umbup:umbup:

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          • #6
            Thanks guys! I'm not going to play Zoom for the moment, Ferdy. I never got on very well with FR Zoom, as my game depends a lot of exploiting the leaks of known villains. If I don't have notes on someone, it's hard for me to capitalize. I'm amazed at just how many hands you can play at 6-max, even on regular tables. In my first hour, I got thru over 300 hands, and that was starting with one table and only gradually moving up to 4. It used to take me about 2 and a half hours to play 300 hands of full ring. :/ My bankroll took a hit in this first session, but I was quite pleased with my play. Stats look pretty good, although the sample size in insignificant. In FR games, I play something like 14/10 with 2% 3-bet. At 6-max, it's looking more like 21/18 and 5.7%. This might even be a bit too loose/aggressive, because my customized auto-rate scores in HEM were displaying the "aggro monkey" icon next to my stats. I would have made a profit, but I lost to a big cooler: Top set versus TPTK+NFD on the turn. Villain was playing 54/23, so I should probably have 3-bet my Jacks for value pre-flop. (I'm so used to flatting with JJ in full ring that I was hesistant to put in a re-raise). Post-flop kind of played itself. When villain overbets the turn, he pretty much has to have QQ+, a lower set, or the NFD, so I'm printing money by getting it in. Unfortunately, his 18% equity was more than realised, so I ran $3 below EV for this session. Shortly after that I hero-folded KK on 644tt when there was significant action multiway. One villain had a boat, the other turned a nut flush. Very glad I got out of the way. I'll play another hour later on, so with my luck, I'll be busto by the weekend.
            Bracelet Winner

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            • #7
              GL Arty! As you know, I took a break from full ring Zoom to mess around on 6-Max Zoom the past few days. I had intended on flying under the radar, but your challenge sounds like fun. Perhaps I'll do a bit more than goof around on 6-max and we can compare notes.

              GL!

              Roland GTX

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              • #8
                Hey Roland! If you're gonna play some more 6-max, then I think you should post a thread about it to keep us updated on your progress. You were partly the inspiration for me to give it a try, after all! I'm sure you'll crush it much more than I do, but I think the community would benefit from the discussion.

                I know you've just been "goofing" around on the Zoom version, but do you agree that at first glance 6-max seems somewhat softer than FR, because the loosest players are much looser than their FR counterparts?
                My initital impression is that once a beginner has played a few thousand hands of FR using a very tight strategy, 6-max is a great way to open up their game and develop their post-flop skills.
                Bracelet Winner

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                • #9
                  I would like to suggest updating the thread 'per X amount of hands'. Updates would be more regular and would give us some frame of reference to the ups and the downs.

                  Having a long term goal of ??? is no fun.
                  Maybe just set your long term goal to building your bankroll to $560 so you can consider moving up to 16NL. All you have to do then is set some new short and long term goals and maybe start a new thread!

                  Oh yeah, and good luck! Looking forward to following this!

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                  • #10
                    Good luck Arty, it's going to be very instructive to follow your progress as i intend to switch to 6 max somewhere this year. When you place a report from pt4, could you give me (us) a hint on how to set that report up ourselves? Would be helpful for me as I am a newbie to pt4 statistics.
                    Time Vault Champion 2013

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                    • #11
                      Hey Arty, First, good luck on your goals In Zoom, you can take plenty of notes, I know I do and I play 4 tables and I average about 850 hands an hour. So I also depend on notes since I don't use any HUD. As for the stats, you can have the ideal perfect stats such as 3-bet, c-bet, etc etc. but if you're not a winning player, what's the point? 6-max is not necessarily softer than FR, it depends on who's sitting at your table. But 6-max has a wider range than FR, which doesn't mean softer. Just My 2 cents on that JJ hand. I would of re-raised to .30 pre flop and if he calls I would of re-raised to .45 post flop If he calls than it's all in The outcome could of been different were you could of walk away with money, or it would of been the same Will be following this thread umbup:

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ArtySmokesPS View Post
                        Hey Roland! If you're gonna play some more 6-max, then I think you should post a thread about it to keep us updated on your progress. You were partly the inspiration for me to give it a try, after all! I'm sure you'll crush it much more than I do, but I think the community would benefit from the discussion.

                        I know you've just been "goofing" around on the Zoom version, but do you agree that at first glance 6-max seems somewhat softer than FR, because the loosest players are much looser than their FR counterparts?
                        My initital impression is that once a beginner has played a few thousand hands of FR using a very tight strategy, 6-max is a great way to open up their game and develop their post-flop skills.
                        I think Ill take your advice Arty. I'll start a thread tomorrow. It should be interesting to compare notes since we have a pretty similar style on FR. I will be sticking to 6-Max Zoom though.

                        Good Luck

                        Roland GTX

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                        • #13
                          BTW, I agree with Sandtrap on the JJ hand. Someone once said "take them to value-town at 2NL by betting/raising your strong hands as early and often as you can!

                          GoGoGo!

                          Greg

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                          • #14
                            GL Arty!.

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                            • #15
                              Nice one Roland I also think the same guy once said "i am probably better analyzer than a player"

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