April 29, 2011
I won't go much into Black Friday, as my frustrations are probably very similar to lots of other online poker players. I drank too much for 24 hours on 4/15, was hungover for the entire next day, then had a trip to Catalina already planned with the wife. She was off for the rest of the week when we got back, so that took care of almost an entire week directly after Black Friday.
For the medium to longer term (6 months to a year+), we are considering everything including moving abroad. Vancouver is attractive, but Canada is not like a 3rd world country in it's immigration and residency policies. So, we would have to figure something out to make a move like that. Mexico is also an option, but I'm a little freaked about the violence. I'm savvy enough to realize most of the violence is centered on border towns and drug trafficking, with most of the violence mexican on mexican at this point. Since I would have no part in drugs and definitely wouldn't live in a border town, mexico is very tempting, but I'm not sold on it's safety at this point. I have many contacts in Saipan, but it's a US commonwealth and I'm still working on figuring out if I could play online poker from there. Other areas like Thailand or Costa Rica are much more difficult to consider, as we are fairly entrenched with a decent size house and 2 dogs. An international move that involves flying sounds extremely arduous.
For the short term, I will be playing live poker. I had about $5k in cash to immediately put to use while I waited for a short term loan from my parents until some online money was freed up. Started at 20/40 and played about 10 hours. After I was comfortable moved to 40/80, where I've been putting in a few hours at Commerce.
The other day, a poker playing friend sent me an e-mail saying that the Bike needed props for it's new 40/80 game they were trying to promote. After deliberating a few days I decided the deal was too good to pass up. So, I start propping on Monday. The game is probably going to vary drastically, as at some times could be quite tough. A couple other props are DC coaches, one is a student of mine, and others either are well respected mid-high live players or just play pretty well. So when it's 4 props, the game will be tough, but 1-2 props I don't think the game will ever be that tough. Luckily, the props are set up in somewhat overlapping shifts so it's not like we get 6 props always on the table. Anyways, I think this opportunity will prove to be pretty lucrative. For now the hours are not ideal, but hopefully when the game takes off I can move to a later shift.