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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.
GL all!

March 22, 2019 | 3:13 p.m.

Week 1 - Month 1
*days 1 - 7

Allright, I had a bad volume so far, but that's because I had a lot of shows to do this past week, I play the guitar and sing. You can check it out the rehersal and the show if you're interested.

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.

GL all!

March 8, 2019 | 2:26 a.m.

Hey guys, just started a new blog, in there you'll understand why. GL all!


March 1, 2019 | 2:59 p.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.

Anyways, GL!

Feb. 21, 2019 | 2:05 a.m.

Thanks guys, I'll update more often

Feb. 13, 2019 | 11 p.m.

Week 1

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.

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Feb. 10, 2019 | 3:02 p.m.

zinhao and having a group with zinhao and saulo on wpp makes it easier than stealing candy from kids lololol

Feb. 4, 2019 | 5:22 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):

Currency graph

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!

GL everyone!

Feb. 4, 2019 | 4:02 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Pursuit of Balance

Vamoooo. Best coach ever! (Student 3 here)

Jan. 21, 2019 | 9:25 p.m.

Where do you play? Zoom or reg tables?

Jan. 13, 2019 | 7:59 p.m.

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.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on On my way to z100

Do you think that was something drastically changed on your strat after the 100k mark?
GL! I'll be following!

Sept. 12, 2018 | 12:32 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Pursuit of Balance

Awesome post! Thanks for that!

Sept. 9, 2018 | 9:14 p.m.


Daily graph

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.

Aug. 24, 2018 | 3:13 a.m.


Daily graph

Study: 1.5 hours. Focused on BB defense vs cbet IP OTF, rewatched one of my old recordings of a coaching session that was focused on this spot. Today I'm going to study this spot more, there is a lot of room to improve, and a lot of things that are counterintuitive.

Played live today (been playing live a little bit this month, and it's going really well for the stakes I'm playing), just want to get my mind off the same old same old of online poker a little bit, but online is still my priority. Ran bad today, but whatever, I can think of one mistake that I've made, but not much else. Went to the gym and got my workout + aerobics done.

Aug. 23, 2018 | 1:58 p.m.


Daily graph

Study: 1.5 hours, focused on rewatching one of my coach's video and HH review from yesterday hands

Felt a little bit tilted today's afternoon after losing a ton of pots, running bad overall, but I don't think it affected my game, I'll take a look at my hands tommorow and figure out if I really played them well.
Overall great day today, classes + study poker + study uni stuff + gym, made some high intensity aerobics today, feels so good after I finish the work out, really reccomend it.

Aug. 22, 2018 | 2:34 a.m.

Hey guys, decided to start to post again here, I'm thinking about making daily posts to keep myself accountable, I've already played and studied a lot during the period that I stopped posting here, but I think that posting daily toughts will be helpfull.
To resume, I've been trying to move up to nl50z and ran very bad, having to move up and down a ton, even tho beating nl25z. The focus now is not to make money but move up in stakes. My mental game was awful during some downswings and ofc this counted for losing more at 50z than I should.

Anyways, this is my overall graph since 1st of May in $
BB graph

Aug. 21, 2018 | 1:56 p.m.

Yeah, just click on the link button and paste the link of the image, then write something

Aug. 13, 2018 | 5:48 p.m.

nice! try uploading images with gyazo for better quality

Aug. 13, 2018 | 12:12 p.m.

I find myself on a rush to make things happen very quickly, and when things don't workout my mental game gets fucked up (especially because I cant spot this while Im playing). I think that having a solid study and play routine can help this a ton.
The feeling of being able to beat a stake technicaly but not mentally really sucks, and there is no easy way out, or even a clear path to fix It.

Aug. 9, 2018 | 9:07 p.m.

Very interesting background, I really like to read those stories full of details. GL on your journey! subbed.

Aug. 9, 2018 | 5:32 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Pursuit of Balance

Awesome text man! Sick results as always.

July 17, 2018 | 2:17 a.m.

awesome to hear that! what are you thinking about this pack?

July 12, 2018 | 3:47 p.m.

Just for curiosity, I come from a live background too, played 1 year with succes at 1/2 and 2/5, where are you from? I'm from Brazil and the rake here is HUGE (5% with no cap) and a dollar is worth 3.5x my currency, so my best option is to play online.

July 11, 2018 | 4 p.m.

yeah nl25 is good to strart, but I recommend you to study more than play, this will pay off in the future

July 11, 2018 | 3:56 p.m.

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