Hello I am an aspiring cash player who became interested in poker after having some decent profitability in microstakes tournaments on ACR and home games with friends.
I would like to transition to cash to better fit my schedule because I found it difficult to grind MTTs while working part-time and studying as a full-time student. Last month I had to sit out my biggest final table as chip leader because I had work and that made it clear I needed to change my poker experience (I still managed third in the tourney!).
I made a $100 deposit on Bovada and have been grinding 5NL zone for the past month. After a big downswing that I attribute to tilt/focus issues I started taking the game seriously and have been tracking my results using a spreadsheet. I'm slightly profitable because of bonus deposit (60% eff. rakeback) but I want to become a solid reg and eventually move up to higher zone stakes. My end goal is to transition to live cash when I'm 21 and absolutely crush.
Currently enrolled in the "Strategies for Beating 30NL" course and am hoping that I'm able to develop an effective studying approach for improving at the anonymous zone tables.
Hello and welcome to the forum and our poker school! Glad to see you enrolled in Paul's 30nl course.
I as well play on Bovada and have logged a far amount of hands on there. Cash games are definitely a much easier and less time consuming way to build a bankroll than MTTs.
You should definitely play the regular 6-max games as well, especially at 5nl because they are way softer than Zone.
Thank you for the reply Alton, I actually built my roll in MTTs but I'm sure a lot of that was positive variance. I have never game selected before but after watching the video in the 30nl course it seems to be something I should incorporate into my game. Do you have any suggestions for how to balance game selecting with improvement and volume especially with regards to Bovada?
Currently I warm-up with 1 zone table and 1 regular table and then play my main session with 2 zone tables. Should I incorporate regular speed tables into my main session to increase profitability? My goal right now is to improve and move up stakes so I'm confused as to balance my improvement goals with game selection.
To be honest, game selection is non-existent in Zone since you can't select good versus bad tables in Zone. Its good for volume but not so much for a high winrate. My winrate on regular 6-max tables are about 3.5x higher on Bovada, but you can get a lot more volume on Zone. Side-by-side, the hourly rate is similiar but you'll pay more rake in Zone, so its more costly to play.
I'd just recommend 4-tabling regular games at 5nl because all of the games are juicy. If you look at the average number of players to the flop and average pot size, you'll see they're a lot higher in the regular games versus Zone games for 5nl. You'll notice in zone, both are a lot lower than regular 5nl 6-max games...especially on what I like to call "Fishy Fridays!"
If you want to improve, just play the normal games so you can learn table dynamics and developing reads on your opponents, as well as target fish. If you want to get volume as well, play 1 zone table and 3 regular tables....that should be about the same volume as 2 zone tables since typically you get get in about 3x more hands in a zone table.
Since you play on Bovada...take a look at our YouTube channel and possibly some of my courses, since they're mostly all based off Bovada, where I play.
Hope that helps!