re: Poker & When should I move up from 2NL to 5NL?
I'm in no way a poker pro, but i would consider the following:
1. Playing against players you have no information isn't going to force you to improve at the same rate as being forced to play the players. However, if you want want to do that, zoom is not an option.
2. If you play regular tables, you can always seat at the table full of fish and whales. You can also learn to exploit ''not so good'' regulars, and 2NL is full of those. you can sit to the left of fish and ''not so good'' regulars, and that way you can always have position on them. There are also apps you can use to search for specific type of players (I use table scanner turbo).
3. I understand why you like zoom, but playing regular tables has the potential benefit of higher winrates (10BB+ at 2NL - hard but not impossible). You can also use apps for multi-tabling, either the free AHK scrips or apps that are for purchase (tabledroid, table ninja, i'm sure there are others i don't know about - demos are available, I think for 30 days).
Personally, I think ZOOM is a waste of time and brain poker.
This is however just my opinion, and am also a noob playing 2NL like you, at a good winrate though (after ****ing around and learning new moves, closing up to 10BB/100 again, 60k sample.
I'm sure more experienced players will have more to say, we'll see what they think about that.
I think it's insane how much you lost in just over 1K hands at 5NL. Did you have some bad luck, or was it that you're not used to the aggressive play at 5NL? I'm also planing to moving on to 5NL, so any info would be greatly appreciated.