Transitioning to 50NL
I've moved up from 25NL to 50NL on Bovada
in less than 30 sessions, winning at about 8bb/100 over a 60k hand sample. Started with 20BI at 25NL and took a shot at 50NL with 38BI, and have done fairly well for my first two sessions.
How did you guys adjust to 50NL? I'm finding that it's a lot tougher than 25NL, but I think I still have a pretty good edge over the other players. After fixing most of my leaks at 25NL and at my peak, I was finding it pretty easy and was crushing for much more than 8bb/100. I was opening 50% OTB, and the blinds hardly ever fought back to my 2.5x opens. Now I'm getting 3-bet left and right OTB. There is a pretty dramatic increase in preflop aggression. My 3-bets are getting 4-bet much more often than at 25NL, and I'm getting 3-bet a lot more. At 25NL 4-bets were 95% of the times AA/KK and sometimes QQ/AK, so I really only stacked off with KK/AA preflop at 25NL.
I think postflop-wise they are a little better and much more aggressive, but I think I have a pretty good edge postflop. I'm winning at a decent winrate for the first 4k hands (I know it's not a large sample), but I think my biggest leak is adjusting to preflop aggression. I'm pretty solid postflop, and I make most of my money there. But I really hate having to keep folding to 3-bets and 4-bets, and losing the bb I put in to raise and folding out my equity. I've seen button vs blind getting it in with 99 vs A7o. Wow, a 5-bet bluff jam with A7o; you never see that at 25NL. One time, this guy to my left kept constantly 3-betting me. So one time SB vs BB I 4-bet bluffed AJo (nice blockers), and then he 5-bet jammed over me. I really don't think he had it.
I think a HUD would help out for 50NL. If I knew someone's stats, I'd probably be more inclined to 4-bet AK/GII or 5-bet jam AK, which is something I never did at 25NL due to narrow preflop 3-bet/4-bet ranges. I was able to get by 25NL playing 2 Zone 2 cash game tables, basically all readless except for the times where there's a maniac for example overbetting 8x the pot that will capture my attention. 50NL Zone is almost never running, so I have to stick to 4 cash game tables of 50NL. Any have experience with Bovada Card Catcher?