Congratz! Your goal is very nice, GL!
May 21, 2019 | 2:39 a.m.
The importance of not feeling sorry for yourself
I was watching a video of James Obst, today on mental game and he touched on one subject that I think is EXTREMELY important and that will lead to an improvement in all other mental leaks of all players. Basically it's the concept of not being considered unlucky or complaining about how unfair the world is with you, man, considering that you're reading this forum, I already know some things: first, you have access to the internet, you have access to online poker, you have a cell phone or computer among thousands of other privileges, so consider yourself more lucky than a lot of people.
If you have access to online poker, you have access to something that about 20 years ago was considered impossible: making money at home any time you are willing to work without having to justify yourself to any boss, sometimes I think that people have no concept of how this is a huge privilege, if I open the lobby of any poker site there will be games from micro stakes to at least midstakes at any time of day, so just think a little about this. Another thing I see happening too much is a lot of people saying that today poker is difficult, it used to be easy to earn money and blah blah blah .. What I think when I see these kind of people is a lot of crying babies wanting easy money with as little work as possible, if you are one of those people, I recommend you to quit poker today, because the games will not get easier from now on.
Where do I want to go? Dude, try at least make the experiment to save your "bad luck" for yourself, NOBODY cares if you took a bad beat, if you're running bad, if the regulars have improved .. Instead, start to post those hands that you hit your draw and extracted the stack from the guy, about that recreational player that decided to bluff you when you had the nuts and etc, in this community if what you want is to get out as this unlucky person, it's the easiest thing in the world, there will be a lot of people to tell you that you don't deserve this run, that you're the most unlucky guy in the world, among other things.
If you post on forums or share hands with friends, try sharing those you were "lucky", try to talk about how you're doing well, and if that's not the case, learn to keep your lamentation to yourself and do something that in fact it will help you improve your winrate. I see a lot of people saying that the solvers and the dissemination of knowledge killed the game, when I see these things I see from another perspective: if a person really wants to do well in this game, he has ALL the tools needed for this, compare it to having to know that restricted group of people who only talk about strategy between themselves, now you have the opportunity to search for information, buy a solver and learn to use, for example, you can send me a message here about what to study and where to study or which coaches I recommend.
Finally, if you have the chance to win money with this game, STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF, YOU ARE LUCY.
May 16, 2019 | 4:11 p.m.
Very interesting, I'm sure you are on the top3 200z regs, so that's why I asked about moving up. I think that the tipping point is when you percieve that there's no benefit in staying on a level that you already crush. This can be seen by many different ways, one is for the money - you make more money on higher limits (on average), the challenge - by playing better regs you have to improve more your understanding of the game, and some other factors.
I'm not trying to say that you should move up, that's totally personal, and it's a thing that I have struggled a lot during my carrer, I was a nit in takings shots. But anyways man, GL on your carrer, you are already a crusher and I'm sure you have the potential to beat the highest stakes :)
May 13, 2019 | 9:20 p.m.
Hey man, yeah, my tip is to get the most of free content, here in RIO you'll find the resources for that, for example Saulo's blogs has a lot of free stuff and in there he recommends what to study. I reccomend you to just stick to one approach, do not try to get a lot of coaches at once, it will confuse your brain. I can't reccomend PioSOLVER enough, it's a great tool for self studying, ofc you have to know how to use it, but on youtube you'll see a lot of free content teaching it.
My tip would be: buy Pio asap, in the meantime watch all of nick's videos on youtube, when you get pio understand how to use it, then try to see the patterns that happen in GTO and start thinking in ways to simplify this strategy, also in what may be better to do in practice than GTOwise. But you need to understand why GTO is doing what it is, and then go from there IMO.
After that I recommend getting coaching asap.
May 3, 2019 | 2:27 p.m.
Hey guys! We just finished April, this was the month that I had the most variance in poker in my career to date, and it was the month that the negative variance least affected me. When I say that the mental is important I mean seriously, a while ago a swing of 10 buy ins would already left me tilted, questioning my game and etc, this month I had a downswing of 22 buy ins (I lost 5.5k USD from my highest point to my lowest) and I was super calm, I'm not saying that I was perfect, I'm sure I made some mistakes that I would not have committed if I wasn't running so bad, but when you put things in perspective you see how much a swing does not matter, as long as you are a winner at the game, keep playing well and studying hard.
In relation to the studies I started the month very well but I noticed that more at the end of the month I studied less, I was very focused on playing and putting in volume. I'm happy that I was able to play more than my 75k hands goal.
The results were not so good but I found it ok considering this negative variance that I suffered in the middle of the month and that I've been playing 200z only since april, my winrate is still not as high as I want it to be but I will continue working on it and studying a lot. Oh, and I ended up failing my goal of going 3x a week at the gym or some exercise, I ended up averaging 2x a week.
Anyway, that's basically it. This month of May I will keep the goals that I set in April, that is, play 75k hands, go 3x in the gym / physical activity per week, and in relation to the studies I want to force me to study more effective as possible and studying the spots that will most impact my winrate, that is, spots that I have most leaks and that happen more often.
I also played a little of 100z in April and I saw how much this limit is easy compared to 200z (I never thought I'd say 100z is easy 1 year ago), but really, the regs still make a lot of mistakes, they do not put enough pressure, too much overfolding and so on, in addition to having a lot more recreational players. I want to feel like it playing at 200z because I bet that the best regs of the 500z feel the same way I feel with 100z compared to 200z. Anyway, I'm very far from being satisfied and I want to keep raising the stakes and evolving, I do not see the point in settle for one limit in my life situation.
May 1, 2019 | 2:11 p.m.
Hey guys, just finished my first month of the challenge and it went super well. I'm feeling comfortable playing 200z, and I'll keep improving as much as I can.
I've been working hard on my game, especially on GTO, this is a part that I've always left behind but now I can see how important it is to understand the theory, also it's super complex making it very interesting and cognitively stimulating. Each day that goes by I fall more in love with the complexity of this game, and also the endless adjustments in strategy that is needed to be playing poker on a high level.
Of course I'm very thankful to Saulo and Zinhao for giving me this opportunity and for all the knowledge that they keep sharing with me, I'm extremelly lucky to be friends with these two and I remeber that everyday. I keep thinking on what would've been of my poker carrer if I wasn't willing to invest more than 50% of my bankroll on being Saulo's first student as a breakeven nl25 player exactly 1 year ago, without ever seeing anything like his way of thinking the game before, and just going with my gut + intuition that the methodolgy presented by him was the thing that made more sense that I've ever seen, it was literally a leap of faith.
Here's the graph:
I'm actually running a little bit more above than EV, but PT4 has problems with certain hand histories.
Allright, so the month went very well considering it was my first time playing 200z, running well helps a lot too. Now its time for some monthly goals:
- More volume - I want to play at least 75k hands
- Studying - I don't like to put an exact number of hours in studying, but I just want to remeber myself to study everyday, focusing more on some days of the week than others
- Gym - I want to go to the gym at least 3x times a week, if I only go 2 times in one week I'll go 4 times the next week
- Mental game - Always keep improving the mental game, everyday that goes on I can see how important this is, I just can't put into words how much you need to take care of your mental game. I'll do this by re-reading "The Art Of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin this month, watching some videos from Gabriel Goffi than is an brazilian ex high stakes PLO poker player, I identify a lot with his way of doing things and the place where he speaks from really reasonates with me, especially the self denvelopment stuff, not so much the entrepreneurs things, since I'm not one (yet). I'll see if I can write some things about mental game stuff on this blog too.
Ok, so that's it guys. GL all and make the choice to make this month be the best of your carrer so far.
April 1, 2019 | 2:13 a.m.
Hey guys, just a quick update, things are going fine, I'm studying a lot and focusing on understanding some GTO defense stuff, I will only post monthly graphs from now on, unless its a best day ever type of thing.
March 22, 2019 | 3:13 p.m.
Week 1 - Month 1
*days 1 - 7
So far I'm running so so, the regs at 200z are a little tougher than 100z regs (as expected), but I don't have enough sample to draw any conclusions yet. Also I've being playing reg tables.
Here is the graph.
March 8, 2019 | 2:26 a.m.
Hey guys, my name is Max Lacerda, I'm from Brazil and I know poker since 2015, but I only started to take my game seriously and focus on online cash games in 2018. If you want to read my story before 2018 I have my first blog here.
In March of 2018 I had my first and only coach package with Saulo Costa and it completelly changed my game, technically and mentally. I was struggling a lot with online poker in the beggining because of the variance, but in September of 2018 more or less was the period that my mental game was much better and I started to win consistently on 25z and 50z (it became much clearer to me the huge importance of mental game). I currently play almost only 100z and 100reg, but an opportunity came up and I decided to accept the personal offer from Saulo and Zinhao to play nl200+ stacked and with coaching during a year. I wasn't sure in the begginning but some important factors made me decide to accept the offer.
This blog will be focused on making myself accountable and motivated + posting my results + debating some mental game stuff. Let's crush!
I'll be posting some HH in my instagram from time to time: max.lacerda1
Year graph so far (a lot of 50z at the time):
March 1, 2019 | 2:56 p.m.
Hey guys! I won't be able to make the 90k hands for the month for a few reasons:
- this month has only 28 days, and I calculated 3k hands and a little by day
- I'll be travelling for 2 days
- The carnival is coming here in Brazil and I got a lot of shows to do with my rock bands (we play in an event called carnarock lol), so rehersal + practicing + hanging out with the band takes a lot of time
Anyways, I'm very happy with my performance so far in this month, and I'll keep putting the volume I'm able to put with my best game quality.
Feb. 21, 2019 | 2:05 a.m.
Week one is over, unfortunately I'm not hitting my volume goals, I need to make 3k hands/day, and now my amount is something close to 2,5k/day, it's not far away but I'll need to push myself a little to hit the 90k hand mark at the end of the month, I'm currently playing 3zoom +3reg or 2zoom+4reg, it's not a lot but I htink it's the best scenario to keep my A game.
On the other hand studying have been great, I for sure have passed a little on the 10h/week of study that I set for myself, so I'm very happy with that.
Allright, thats a resume of my week, I'll post the results only at the end of the month.
Feb. 10, 2019 | 3:16 p.m.
Thanks a lot to Saulo Ribeiro for the coaching, it truly was the tipping point when I met and started the coaching sessions with him. Just the perception that I started to have on how to think poker was something incredible. Much love my friend.
Feb. 4, 2019 | 5:17 p.m.
Allright, since I hate when people start blogs and just leave them behind I decided to make a small update here, I'm currently palying nl50zoom and 100reg. Here is my graph since I last posted (wich I believe was in August):
Graph in BB
(posted 2 currency graphs because uploaded images are usually bad)
Will continue to play, this month my goal is to make 90k hands and study 2h/day 5 days a week lets see if I can achieve it!
Feb. 4, 2019 | 4:02 p.m.
Where do you play? Zoom or reg tables?
Jan. 13, 2019 | 7:59 p.m.
Very nice! Subbed!
Jan. 13, 2019 | 7:58 p.m.
hahaha, definitely a brag
Oct. 3, 2018 | 11:58 a.m.
You dont think about playing on other sites to pump up your volume?
Sept. 20, 2018 | 4:14 p.m.
Study: 2 hours, focused on BB vs BTN defense vs a specific cbet size, now my mind is much clearer about hwo to play the boards and hands OTF, ofc there is much more to learn but I found that I changed how I looked at this spot
Nice day today, woke up 6:30 am to go to uni, studied in the morning and played a little bit, went to the gym in the afternoon, had class from 6 to 8pm, and grinded from 9pm to midnight more or less. At the low point on the graph my mindset was fine, just focusing on making good decisions, I'm glad that my redline stayed more or less stable, that's a good sign.