Just one thing, don't make volume on micros just to be sure you beat the stake at a certain amount of bb/100, when you know that you are a winning player and have bankroll to move up, do it. Don't waste time on micros.
July 9, 2020 | 2:51 p.m.
I have a big vision for my life...
Among other things, a big part of it is to be able to give an opportunity as closest to pure meritocracy as it can be for those who are willing to work hard and give everything they got to achieve success - as I did had this chance myself.
In the poker world this opportunity is in the cash games . And the tools to make it as closest to pure meritocracy are in BrPC
I'm Max "maxlljr" Lacerda, that Saulo talks about in his post. And in the begging of 2018 I made the best decision in my poker career, and it was to be the Saulo's first student. I invested half of my bankroll on it (I've never spent one single dime in coaching or even a site subscription before), and I only did that because in a 20 min presentation I saw something different than anything I've ever seen before, he basically showed me a different way to see the game, a lot of it derivated from population analysis, but not only that. It was a complete rational explanation for the game of poker and for how his methodology works.
I'll be honest with you guys, before the call he had to "convince" me to do it, I was kind of "wathever, let's see what this guy is about". And after 20 min I was hooked, and I'm still ever since, I never saw anything like that before. So I began my journey as a nl25 player... I won't extend myself on this subject, you can read it all about it on my first blog here.
On March of 2019 I made the 2nd best decision on my poker career that was to join Saulo and Mateus "zinhao" on their just recent formed team.
Ok, it wasn't a team per say, it was just me and my friend Rodrigo Bianchini with these two dudes, but hey, that's how BrPC began.
I was playing 50z and shot taking nl100 at the time and they made the proposal for me to play 200z staked (I haven't even played 15k hands on 100z tbh), and jumped straight up to 200z and started to play staked and have coaching on a weekly basis with both of them, the rest is history. I won't extend myself in here either, you also can read it all about it on my second blog here. It's the blog I wrote during my first year in BrPC, it's insane to see how this team grown fast since then.
Anyways guys, you can read the details of the story on my blogs, I talk much more about how was this jump to 200z, what things I learned, how I became an instructor for BrPC and so on... But the bottom line is:
If you are a person that is willing to work hard, do wathever it takes, respect and trust your coaches, you'll succeed if you have the right tools to do so. There's no big hit in cash games, there's only grind, day in and day out, going from the lowest stakes to the highest by winning constantly, there's no cutting corners, there's no easy way out. We have a lot of success stories and will continue to have more, and you can be a part of it. Don't get me wrong, if you are not willing to do what it takes, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. This is not for lazy or accommodated people that just want to do the bare minimum, if you are one of those people just save both of our times and apply for other team, or no team at all.
But, if you want to give it all, do your best and be rewarded for that, BrPC is your place. You will get the best tools and will work with the best on the market (don't take only my word on that, go check out our results and see us at the pokerstars high stakes tables day in and day out). There's tremendous financial opportunity in this game for those who really want it, and being among the best is the best case scenario for achieving it.
Also when you think about what just by being among these people on a daily basis can do to your life, is insane. How being in a team that sees playing nosebleeds as just a matter of time affects your mindset is crazy. But that's a topic for another conversation...
May 22, 2020 | 1:47 p.m.
FINAL POST AND RESULTS
It was March 2019 and I had just accepted the proposal from Saulo Costa and Mateus "zinhao" Moraes to be the first member (along with my friend Rodrigo Bianchini) to join the newly founded BrPC. At that time the team didn't even have a name and it wasn't even a team so to speak, we were just 4 players, with Zinhao and Saulo alternating classes and passing on all their knowledge to us.
Before I joined the team I was already confident that I was beating nl50 zoom (I did 8bb / 100 in 80k hands) and was already taking shots at nl100 reg on the bodog. I was starting to play nl100 zoom on ps when they made me the proposal to start playing staked by them sharing the profits.
But there is a detail, I was starting to move up to nl100, and they wanted me to start playing nl200 zoom on ps and bodog (I hadn't even done 10k hands on 100z yet). I admit that I was a little afraid, but at the end of the day it was a call that would help me to break this fear of moving up once and for all (I'll talk a little more about that later). So that's how my journey started on the nl200, never to look back ...
In the beginning despite playing extremely focused, studying hard, and trying to absorb everything that my coaches passed on to me, I'll admit that I also ran well, and this is a very good thing when you are moving up. With this added confidence of already having solid results at nl200 (in addition to the confidence I already have in myself), it was easier to establish myself on the stake.
I was playing in a very simplified way on pokerstars zoom nl200 and having good results, it was around August that I realized that some regs were starting to make some adjustments against my exploits, so that was when I really started to dig deeper into GTO strategy. This in-depth look at the GTO has been going on until today, and getting more and more detailed, but my basic game plan is based on what I learned from the beginning. And besides, you can still be profitable in the nl200z playing very simplified (mainly on anonymous tables at bodog).
In December 2019, at BSOP Millions, Zinhao and Saulo made me the proposal to enter as an instructor at BrPC. I admit that this was a very important reason for my decision to join the newly formed team over there in March/2019, the whole thing of being among the best in Brazil, taking classes with them, and in the future not depending 100% on my poker earnings, having more constant incomes and with less variance made me join the team. After some negotiations I accepted and became the first instructor of BrPC besides the founders, I stopped giving private coaches (before anyone asks me, I do not give coaching outside of BrPC anymore), and I totally focused on the evolution of the team.
Willingness to reach the top ...
Since December I was biting my nails to start playing nl500 lol. I am the type of person that once decides to take something seriously, wants to reach the top, I will never want to be stuck in the comfort zone, I always have been and will be like this. So in January 2020 I started playing nl500 and I have been stabilizing myself more and more on that limit, playing zoom and regular tables at pokerstars and bodog. With each passing day I feel more motivated to study more and move up the stakes, I am very happy to have managed to reach nl500, I know how difficult it is and how few players in the world play that limit, but I am definitely not satisfied, I will keep studying and playing a lot to always reach the next step.
Some people may even say something like "oh, but hitting the nl200 you already get a very good amount of money, especially in Brazil", and I agree, but my mind doesn't work that way. In December I was sick of playing only nl200. I want to play against better regulars at higher limits, I want more adrenaline. I respect those who feel ok in the comfort zone, obviously, but I'm not like that. I've been realizing that few people really have this spirit of reaching the top, and I'm okay with that, even maybe in a way in relation to having a more stable, comfortable and less stressful life this is the best decision. But for me wanting to reach the top is not a will that I force myself to have, it is my nature, so it is not even a tremendous effort, it's just the logic of what the walk should be like for me.
I don't even need to say how much I learned in the last 12 months, the opportunity I had and continue to have within BrPC is something priceless, friendships that will last for a lifetime have come out of there, and moreover, when you surround yourself with people who see as normal what you once saw as very difficult (in 2017 I thought the top of poker world was to do 3bb / 100 on the nl100 LOL), your perspective on the world changes, you change. As much as it is something that has been talked about since forever, every day I see how much is true. The people you surround yourself with will shape and define you. Simply the purest truth.
Think in two groups:
Group 1 sees nl200 as something extremely good, very difficult to achieve, nl500 would already be a bonus.
Group 2 sees nl500 as something normal that anyone can beat with A LOT of study and dedication, and sees arriving at nosebleeds (nl5000 +) simply as something natural of the walk. Which group do you prefer to be with?
As I said, this ambition is not for everyone, sometimes you just want to have a comfortable life, and again, everything is fine with that. But if you are an ambitious person, who is not satisfied with the midfielder, group 2 is an insta call, and you do anything to be in the middle of that group, it is your nature.
What did I learn from poker?
Now going back a little bit about poker, specifically about cash games. What can I say about this game?
Simply the best opportunity I have ever encountered in my life, something that speaks directly to me, something that has made me evolve like nothing I've seen before. It seems that it was made for my competitive spirit, this game forces you to an absurd process of self development. When you think you're the best the game will slap you in the face and a downswing of 30 buy ins will happen. It is an experience that requires a lot of emotional control, a lot of discipline, a lot of study, a lot of work and a lot of desire to make it work, it is difficult to find something that matches this in the world. You will study every day, do everything right, play hard, work on your mindset, and even then the variance will put you down, it will show you that you are not as good as you thought you were, it will make you question even the most easy decisions. And you will have to find the strength to continue this process, to continue studying and playing, day in and day out, taking cooler after cooler, bad beat after bad beat, because that's what it will cost you to get to the top, and everyone who are there have gone through this many times, there is no escape.
In addition to all this evolution that you are forced to have, there is an extreme financial opportunity in this game (if you are a good player - which is not easy - at nl100 you can already make around 8 thousand reais per month for example ), placing a very good volume and working very clear, especially with the high dollar as it is recently. Where else would I find such an opportunity?
Something that depends ONLY ON ME, who has no one else to blame if I failed, has no government, has no boss, has no excuse, has nothing. You have only yourself, your success or failure is 100% your responsibility. Oh, and how I love to have that responsibility, to assume everything for my success or failure, to know that it is up to me. And I know that although pure meritocracy does not exist, poker is what I found that comes closest to that, after you have a basic socio-cultural level, you are not in the poverty range, that is, you have internet, high school complete, computer and a house to live in, it just depends on you, given certain proportions. There will be no contact to make you go up faster, there will be no gift from the father to give a boom in your business. You'll have to climb from the lowest limit, play games of cents, to the highest limits and play games for thousands of dollars.
But honestly, I'm at a point where I don't do it for the money anymore, I could just stay in the nl200 making my money relatively stable, giving some coaches here and there, and I would be winning very well by the Brazilian standard. But no, I do it because of my desire to rise, to be the best player I can be, this desire to compete and reach the top. And how long will it last in poker? I don't know, but in my life it will be forever.
As different as poker is, music is also my passion. But because it is so different from poker, I don’t have to choose one or the other, I keep both, and it’s very good for my mental game, and actually, I recommend all poker players to engage with some kind of art, it will help a lot in downswing periods. And since when I started playing the guitar at the age of 12, I became obsessed with music, I played daily 6 to 8 hours, I composed a lot, and obviously I also had to go to school beyond that (my grades were never good by the way, my head always been in music during that period), and then I started to discover even more my tendency almost obsessive with the challenges. And that was obviously reflected in poker.
Anyway, what I mean is that you don't have to have this tendency to be extremely workaholic like me to earn good money in this game, but if you are, don't waste it and do your best. The worst thing you can do is not reach your full potential.
So that's it, I still have a LOT to evolve, I am VERY FAR AWAY from being among the best in the world, but you can be sure that while I love this game I will do everything to get there. I am leaving here my results in a totally transparent way for the past 12 months. But that's it, I hope you liked the text, maybe I'll do another blog here someday, but for now I'll take all my thoughts to my YouTube channel "Max Lacerda Poker", so if you're interested, subscribe there. But it's in portuguese.
Thanks to everyone who followed, I don't even have to say that when I made the goal of "5bb / 100 on the nl200 in 1M hands" I was very naive not to think that I would want to focus on doing the move up well before reaching those 1M of hands, and it would not make sense to continue at a limit that I was already beating at 5bb / 100, you should move up before that the vast majority of times (as I did). Besides, I don't see much advantage in pursuing an absurd volume these days, unless you play on some site with a lot of rakeback, but even so, I think that the best way for evolution is to always go up.
Good luck to everyone on each of your adventures, and remember: in this game, your success or failure depends only on you and how much you are willing to sacrifice. There is no big hit in the cash game, there is no jump in level, you will have to start from the lowest level to go to the highest level, and this walk is the best thing that this game provides. And for those who want to join me at the tables, my nickname is "maxlljr" at pokerstars. Instagram: @max.lacerda1 and @brazilianpokercrew
May 3, 2020 | 4:12 p.m.
MONTHS 11 & 12
Allright guys, so the one year period is over. I'll make a huge post later showing all my results and with a lot of reflections. But for now these are the results for the last 2 months. I started to play nl500 on January and it's going good so far.
March 10, 2020 | 9:29 p.m.
MONTHS 9 & 10
Here are the results for the last couple of months. I decided to stop playing reg tables on bodog and really focus on 200z only, I want to grow my wr to be able to move up to nl500.
I also became a BrPC instructor (the first one besides Saulo and Zinhao). If you want to apply for the team, here's the link
Additionally, I recorded a vlog of my BSOP Millions trip with the BrPC crew! Here it is -> I almost won a HU event but ended up in 3rd place :(
That's it guys, I'm studying very hard and coaching some students for BrPC, very pumped right now. GL to all!
Jan. 9, 2020 | 2:06 p.m.
I can say, as being the first student to join BrPC alongside with my friend Rodrigo, that was the second best decision I made on my carrer (the first was when I decided to get coached by Saulo xD).
I had my first coaching session with him on March of 2018, I was a small winner (2bb100) on nl25 at the time. I was starting to shot take nl100 when they (Saulo and Zinhao) offered me to join their new stake to play nl200+ on March of this year. Today, more than 600k hands later, I have 3bb/100, and growing, overall on 200 zoom and reg - ofc much more zoom than reg.
Ofc, as Saulo already said, it's not an easy path, like as you'll just study 30min a day, grind 4h, chill and you are beating the games. I consider myself to be a huge hard worker with a very good work ethic, also I already studied a ton about mental game and improved it a lot, you can checkout my 2 blogs where I document my journey here: climbing stakes since nl25 and after I joined CFP
So I'll resume in one sentece: If you are a person that is willing to work hard, this is the best opportunity you will have. So with hard and intelligent work + the best methodology on the marked there's no chance of failure, actually that's probably the best chance of huge sucess you'll find