Carlos from Portugal has just finished the €5.000 NL 6-max Coaching for Profits Brazil program.
We had an interview with him to get to know him better and ask how was his experience in the program.
Tell us a little about you. Where do you live and how is it to live there and what do you like a lot about it?
My name is Carlos Viana, I’m 28 years old. I have an economics degree and I’m from a town in northern Portugal called Viana do Castelo.
It’s a very quiet town surrounded by mountains, ocean, and river.
When did you start playing poker and when you decided to take it more seriously?
I started playing when I went to the university, in 2008, started with SNGs and MTTs, got some 4-digit prizes in MTTs but only went serious with poker when I started CFP in February 2017.
What is the biggest difference from before joining CFP to now?
Well before CFP, I had played maybe like 5k hands in cash games since 2008 and probably lost there too. After I joined CFP I have 12 out of 12 months in the profit
In which stake did you start in the program, and in which stake are you playing now?
I started with an 80€ bankroll in NL2 and currently, I’m playing NL25 and shooting NL50
Which 3 things did you learn?
First of all, I learn how to play. That sounds Important.
The other 2 points I think I got the most out of was the importance of table selection and auto-profit spots
How did you like the structure, material and the coaching sessions on the program? Can you point one important thing you learned from each coach you had?
I was here before and after the remake to the 2.0 version. I was good before but it’s awesome now. Very simple and straightforward learning course.
As for the coaches, I got a little bit from everyone. On the Brazil Program, I had Leandro, who thought me literally everything, but the main point was probably value betting.
Anselmo thought me a lot about solid folds, which were a big leak of mine.
Alfredo has a very detailed and solid ranges and spots analysis.
On the English side I mostly watched the coaching’s from Alan Jackson, and even though all of his research and data analysis is incredible I think the best thing I learned was auto-profit spots, so simple and yet so lucrative
What was the best part of being in the NL 6-max Crusher Brazil program?
Well, apart from the general poker learning, I liked the group a lot, everybody is very helpful.
During your journey, did the BPC community help in any way? How?
I’m not a talker and we were not on skype groups together so except for the Brazil group I mostly lurk around in the Facebook groups.
The help I got was mostly from the coaches and Anselmo, who was my study partner before he became a CFP coach
What do you think everybody should do in order to succeed?
Getting a study partner that can motivate and cheer you is very important.
Also, connect to an older student to ask questions, and do the same for at least a younger student.
Thankfully I got awesome help from Alfredo, Anselmo and Ricardo, all of them CFP finishers, and who are always ready to answer my questions and give advice
Now that you’re finished, what are your plans for the future poker-wise?
This was just an introduction and test for a professional poker life, I still have miles to go.
Short to mid-term goals are NL100 and financial stability so I can go back to the city I studied and maybe arrange a small poker house. That sounds both fun and productive!
Thank you very much for the interview Carlos! And congratulations again!