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Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Onklebs 2020

Vamooo

GL man!

Feb. 15, 2020 | 4:15 p.m.

Thanks forCarlotta ! Actually if you have a ton on experience on nl25 you should apply and try it :)

Jan. 10, 2020 | 8:48 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!

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Jan. 9, 2020 | 2:06 p.m.

Dec. 31, 2019 | 7:09 p.m.

congratz! an inspiration

Dec. 19, 2019 | 3:53 a.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Mobius Poker Blog

Great post! Thanks for that.

Dec. 14, 2019 | 2:36 p.m.

New video on Youtube!

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Nov. 25, 2019 | 11:58 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Pursuit of Balance

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

Nov. 13, 2019 | 2:28 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2019 | 3:59 p.m.

My first video of my new youtube channel! In portuguese only

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Nov. 6, 2019 | 12:10 p.m.

GL man!

Nov. 4, 2019 | 2:15 p.m.

MONTH 8

Hey guys, October is over and it was a month that I did a few different things than usual. I greatly reduced the zoom volume I was playing on stars (who always keeps an eye on the lobby there noticed that) and started testing GG Poker, playing regs tables there with Bodog. I don't have a formed opinion on the site yet, but my first impressions are:

  • Few spewy recreationals, most are shortstack and play more nitty

  • Very high rake

  • Good rakeback (and for those who want more rakeback on the site send me a MP here or on instagram before creating the account)

  • Weak regulars overall, but some can put some pressure

I'm going to keep testing this month on the site, but nothing prevents me from continuing to play on PS for a few days, and that's probably what I'm going to do.

I traveled in the last week of the month and went there to Rio De Janeiro, very nice trip. I went with my girlfriend and we stayed at Barra da Tijuca, went to the "Praia da Reserva" beach and enjoyed it a lot. The other time we went to Rio we stayed in Copacabana, I found the beaches very full and I didn't feel so safe. But I had the opposite impression this time on "Praia da Reserva", very few people, several kiosks, and I had no problem leaving things in the chair and going into the sea, I didn't feel "threatened" at any time. Anyway, for those who want to go to Rio and enjoy a much calmer beach and with a good sense of security, I recommend staying at Barra da TIjuca and going to the "praia da reserva" beach. The only problem is that you can't do almost anything without a car (uber in my case), but there's also the public transportation that I sued to go to downtown Rio.

Regarding poker I felt I made a good volume this month considering that I played practically only reg tables and traveled 1 week. Unfortunately it is not possible to track hands in GG poker, they have a thing there called PokerCraft that you can see how many hands you played and your graph, the problem is that the graph is rake free, so it is very unrealistic.

Pokerstars + Bodog Results:

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GG Poker (rake free graph):

gg poker

In total I finished ~$4k up this month, just counting the rakeback I get directly from the GG Poker website. Soon I'll still get more rakeback, but I won't count here.

That's it guys, GL everyone!

Nov. 2, 2019 | 3:38 p.m.

stop flooding the forum please, just make 1 topic and post those hands there

Oct. 18, 2019 | 12:04 p.m.

You say the photos from the SP trip? Because I always post the graphs/stakes gyazo links

Oct. 4, 2019 | 2:04 p.m.

Because it's still on beta, I don't like trying beta since it usually comes with bugs

Oct. 4, 2019 | 2:03 p.m.

It has been a good ride so far, but I want more. Always happy, never satisfied

Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:26 p.m.

MONTHS 6 & 7

Hey guys, I forgot to post here last month, so I'm posting this for the last 2 months. Basically August was a very tough month, I was focused on putting in volume and my quality of game decreased, so I decided to play less tables on September and don't focus on volume, I'm playing 2 zoom tables + 4 reg tables nowadays, and I feel much better than playing only 4 zoom in general.

For this month of October I'll have some goals:

  • study 10h per week
  • never play unprepared, always remebering hwo preparation is key for a good performance
  • go to the gym 3x per week

So that's it guys, here are the graphs:

AUGUST:

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SEPTEMBER

*in H2N cause HM2 messes up with all of the hands that had allin cashout

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That's it, GL all!

Oct. 2, 2019 | 2:39 p.m.

Why are YOU still at microstakes?

Since you are a player who has the intention to evolve, and not just play for fun, why can't you move up?

If we look at this situation as broadly as possible, we will come to the conclusion that the problem comes down to logistics and management.

Most players do not treat their career as a company, when we compare the career of a player struggling to move up with a businessman who is succeeding with his business, the differences are clear.

If you are unwilling to treat this poker player career with the necessary professionalism you'll never move up, and it's nobody's fault but yours. Okay, but then what are the factors that you should put emphasis on? I will list a few:

1. Monetary Investing: I can speak with property because I was a person who took a long time to really invest money in my career, the first time I invested was in a cash game course that Claudio Davino (PeixeFeliz) did (beginning of 2018), which I've had some very interesting learning - the course was made by one of the best cash game players in Brazil - helped me get a better sense of online cash games (since I only played live at the time), but I already knew poker since 2015. And the point of the journey that really was the breaktrough in my career was when I invested almost half of my bankroll in coach with Saulo Costa. I was his first student at a time when there were some people at MaisEV accusing him of being a break even player and just trying to make money with coaching (lol). And to be honest, I had these doubts myself, but as soon as he showed me the methodology I saw that it was the most interesting thing I had seen so far, and I decided to invest as a break even player at nl25. 1 year later I would be at nl200.
* whoever wants to see this journey of mine I have all documented in my first blog here

2. Professionalism: Although it's a very broad concept, it applies to all areas of poker. Do you have times to start your session every day? Plan what will be the days and hours you will play? Are you always prepared to perform at your best? This career is very similar to one of a professional athlete. You not only need to know what to do, you also need to be able to always perform at a high level, otherwise you will not get results.

3. Organization and planning: Perhaps the biggest leak in the community, and ironically one of the main factors to be successful. The career of a poker player requires you to be disciplined and organized simply because you have no boss to do it for you. If you don't have the time to play, how much you will study, what you will study, plan on which sites to play, organize your routine and etc, your chances of succeeding in this career are very close to zero.

4. Career Plan: Again a very broad but very important concept, because most players simply have no idea how poker works. People who simply despair of a 20 buy ins downswing, who start tilting after losing 4 flips in a row, who have no idea how to convert winrate to profit after x hand numbers among others. And for the most part it's not even their fault - although this "excuse" doesn't exist since this is an individual career, so nobody owes you any explanation - nobody explained how the game works. These players keep trying to make small technical upgrades but with no solid foundation underneath, when things start to go wrong they hit burnout and give up their career for a while, only to try it again the same way and keep failing.

Anyway, as you can see there are several points that make up a player's career, and if he doesn't have those points all aligned, the chance of success is very low. Imagine the following scenario:

A player who has known poker for some time decides to take the game seriously. He sets aside $ 500 to be his bankroll, knowing that he will start playing at nl10 and will move down if necessary. He has set aside more money than the bankroll himself to invest in classes with one of the best coaches. He researches a lot until he finds that coach who has great and consistent results and has a methodology that he sees as meaningful. Basically someone who has done exactly what he wants to do.
So he hires the coach, plans to play at least 100 hours a month and study 25 hours, plans his schedules and days from Monday to Sunday, including those he won't play. He eats well, does some exercise, has a social life outside of poker and is in no hurry for quick results.
This player begins to execute the plan, day after day, without apology and victimization, simply puts the consistent hard work necessary to succeed in this career. He saw that he was having some difficulties with the mental part of the game related to variance, and has started researching how variance works, started asking for recommendations on what to do for this mental part for the coach, begins to understand even more deeply how the career works and solving these mental game problems. He is still taking classes and studying how it was planned in the beginning. So they go on their journey day after day, with extreme consistency.

6 months later what happens?

There is simply no scenario in which one person performs all of the above and after 6 months has not started to succeed. Show me a player who did all of the above and still in the same place I show you where he went wrong.

Will there be unforeseen difficulties? Yes, but if you have everything mapped out, have willpower, and have mentoring from someone who has done exactly what you want to do, you will get through these obstacles.

In this industry there is no other way. It is not enough simply to work hard and keep hitting your head against the wall, it takes hard work and intelligence to succeed.

PS1: This post was inspired by one of Patrick's posts in his blog, so I decided to expand on the subject

PS2: Forgot to post my August results here, I'll post them together with September results at the end of the month

Sept. 24, 2019 | 3:31 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Mobius Poker Blog

This blog is pure gold, please keep posting

Sept. 3, 2019 | 1:01 p.m.

Changing the subject a little bit, this month I'm going to travel to BSOP Winters with Rodrigo and Zinhão so we can meet Saulo there in SP, so my volume will suffer a bit from that, but I'll take advantage of it to try harder and increase my daily hands volume, I want to make 80k hands in July.

And I met my goal, wich I'm very satisfied with :D, especially since I had 8 days off from online poker because of the travel

Aug. 1, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

Comment | Lagasaurus commented on Pursuit of Balance

GL crusher!

Aug. 1, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.

MONTH 5

Hey guys, as you know this month I traveled to SP for the first BSOP Winter Millions, it was a very nice experience, I met a lot of people from the Poker community that I didn't know last time I went there, I always find it very nice to talk to these people, all of them very nice. I ended up playing the Main Event and 6-max, I didn't itm but I only shot 1 bullet in each. I think in the next BSOPs I will not play the Main anymore, I find this tournament format extremely boring with the 8 or 9 handed table, I really enjoyed playing 6max and I want to play HU next time, I know about the EV of the Main Event and etc. but for now I have no desire to play this tournament again.

I also played a bit of 10/20 and 5/10 there in H2(biggest poker club in Brazil), but it was only about 3 days out of 6 I was in SP. I shared an airbnb with Zinhao and Rodrigo, Saulo also stuck there a few days, and it's always great to meet personally the people you chat online everyday, lots of good conversations and changing perspectives, that's the main reason I travel to BSOP, tournaments and cash are just a plus.

I'll leave you some photos of the trip here:

The Crew!

Regarding Poker, as you can see I had a downswing of almost 30 buy ins, of course there was a lot of variance but I was also leaking in some spots, I putted a lot of focus on playing the spots that I was leaking and also focused a lot on preparation before grind.
One thing I want to focus on in my game is to be even more vigilant against each individual player I'm playing against, at this point in the championship I believe this is the factor that has the potential to increase my winrate as quickly as possible because I already have some domain over the general lines to beat the field.

Overall I'm feeling good playing at 200z, but I still have a lot to evolve. Also, my ultimate goal is to play the highstakes, so I have a lot of work to do ahead.

Regarding goals for this month, they will be:

  • 90k hands
  • 28 hours of study (1.5h from Monday to Friday)
  • gym with aerobic 3x per week

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Aug. 1, 2019 | 4:24 p.m.

July 28, 2019 | 2:48 p.m.

My biggest mental leak

Yesterday I had a bad session, I lost 10 buy ins, I usually have this type of session 1 or 2 times a month, but every time I have this type of session I realize that I did not lose just because of the bad variance (although I had a lot ), but I also lost because I made mistakes, so I want to learn from these mistakes to avoid them next time.

Usually something happens like this: I start losing 5 buy ins in a row, this already starts to shake my emotional a little, so I stop the session and I give a break to recover mentally, but if when I return I lose I realize that it is It's easier for me to start making mistakes. My mistakes are always calling too much, it seems that consciously, or maybe even unconsciously, I want to recover the lost money as fast as possible, causing me not to want to fold the pot, because every time I fold I make my chances of winning the pot zero.

This is something I've noticed previously in me, and I'm better than before, but I'm not satisfied, I was seeing some pots of yesterday and I clearly saw some 4 hands that I didnt need to have made the 50bb + investment. Do not get me wrong, I know that losing 10bi in one day is quite possible to happen, and I'm kinda "used to it", but when it happens I have 2 options:
1. I ignore and say that it is variance
2. I accept that it had a bit of variance, but most likely I did not play as well as I play when I am winning and I see it as a chance to find my leaks that I would not otherwise I would've won.

If you have ever read something from my blog you realize that I'll take option number 2.

What do I do then? The next time I realize that I'm losing a lot in a row, I'll force myself to fold in close spots because they're already close anyway, and if I call 3 of them for example and I'm wrong, it's very likely that I'll start to invest my money in spots that aren't even close anymore.

Anyway, I recommend this approach for y'all readers, always looking for evolution and responsibility, never victimizing yourself by what happens. When we accept that we made mistakes, analyze them and create strategies to minimize them, next time the situation arises we will have a much clearer vision and will be able to instantly recognize those things and adjust properly.

GLGL

July 10, 2019 | 2:36 p.m.

MONTH 4

Hey guys, June is over and it was a month that I ended up doing less volume than I wanted, I really focused more on studying than the previous month, but I still consider my volume good

I had a bad period in the middle of the month and it ended up affecting my game a little bit, but I ended up recognizing these things and managed to change, by the end of the month I was already playing my A game very focused again.
One thing I don't hear often about downswings or breakeven periods is that they don't really exist in the present and that they are a great opportunity for you to see what was wrong with your game instead of crying all day because of the variance.

Downswings usually look like this:

negative variance> mental game affected by negative variance> the player starts to play worse than before> his winrate decreases> minor winrate = more variance> starts to make plays that he would not do before because he wants to recover the money> he is no longer playing in the level that was in relation to the beginning of the downswing> starts to lose by the fact of playing badly> the whole thing turns into a snowball and he ends up losing for much longer than he "should"

As you can see, just the fact of saying "I'm in a downswing" is already a tremendous victimization, downswing is not a thing you are in, downswing is just a set of results in the past, the present has nothing to do with these results, the previous day does not influence anything today, it is the same as saying that a coin has more chance of falling in "heads" in that move because in the previous fell "tails".

Very rarely a player has a large period of losses on account of only variance, almost always it will be because he is playing worse in that period than in the period in which he was winning (I include myself in it), thus leading to a extended period losses.

Another thing in those periods is that they give us a chance to see mistakes that we do not see when we are winning, that is, when we start to be called more often and lose we can start to analyze these spots more deeply and see if everything is ok (since nobody plays perfect poker, there's always room for improvement), so you can use those losses to evolve your game.

Changing the subject a little bit, this month I'm going to travel to BSOP Winters with Rodrigo and Zinhão so we can meet Saulo there in SP, so my volume will suffer a bit from that, but I'll take advantage of it to try harder and increase my daily hands volume, I want to make 80k hands in July.

That's all folks, GL all!

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July 1, 2019 | 5:09 p.m.

Thinking better about the hand now, since this is HU I think it's a pretty str8 fwrd value bet, he still gets called by a lot of worse hands

June 10, 2019 | 12:47 a.m.

wow strange by his part. what do you think of his play?

June 9, 2019 | 10:30 p.m.

Thanks! I'm sure that they are equally important, I felt the importance of mental game when I was struggling last year even tho I had the technical necessary to beat the games I was playing

June 5, 2019 | 2:39 p.m.

This:

Outliers have a tendency of not believing they are outliers, looking at their own path deterministically etc, attributing success to hard work and grit. I would say almost anyone playing poker professionally is an outlier one way or another.

June 1, 2019 | 9 p.m.

I don't think you are average, at minimum you are one of the best regs of 200z, I play there, I can say it confidently, you are a hard player to play against, there are some regs on 200z that I dont know how they still play there, Ofc we don't have much sample against each other,but besides you and Saulo, one of the other regs that I find tough to play against is sowiet, there are like 5-10 more regs that I consider a little tricky to play against that play a lot, but there are a lot of average regs. I dont know if you are being modest (and maybe that's your natural way to be) but you certainly arent an average reg, and I don't think an average reg is able to have a 7bb winrate, I consider myself average and for sure don't have this winrate (yet =P)

June 1, 2019 | 8:59 p.m.

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