April 20, 2011

My Life in a New Country

With all this DOJ / FBI stuff happening many US pro's are considering moving abroad, I have seen all countries being thrown up there.

Personally, I moved to Melbourne, Australia at the beginning of this month from Wellington, New Zealand. Although it is only a 4 hour plane ride from home it is still a significant change as we are so isolated down there in the Tasman Sea.

Why I moved?
I had finished University last year, I had sort of given thought of playing poker for a couple years, however I ultimately felt that the opportunity cost of me not getting a job/further study was greater than what it was worth. So once the summer holidays had finished, and all the weekly concerts/events had finished and everyone was either back working full-time regularly or at Uni, I was left in limbo.

I could have got a job with my degree, but ultimately there is not a lot of jobs in Wellington at the mo, and our pay is shit! So I decided to book a ticket to Melbourne for the following week and here I am.

Why Melbourne?
Why not really, I had been to Brisbane and Sydney but never Melbourne, however had only herd good things about it and many said that the culture was similar to that of Wellington. I also knew a few people who live here so it would not be me totally on my own. The cost of living here is slightly higher; however the income earned comfortably overcomes this deficit so I will be able to channel more into savings for later travel. Even though this would happen no matter what country I went to, travelling further abroad is significantly easier and cheaper (unless I want to go to Rarotonga etc.). Also, if I did not like it here it is easier enough for me to jump back over the ditch but that would be a weak play, I would likely head to Europe or something.

Who should move country?

Everyone’s circumstance is different in regards to their online situation, but I feel as though if you are in your early – mid twenties with no essential obligations (family to think of, sic parents etc.), playing as a profession there is no reason why you should not move country. You are lucky in that all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to be able to play. Also, given that we have seen how uncertain the online world is, there is no reason to sit around being unproductive making that dreaded resume gap even bigger than it is. At least you can justify it, by saying you travelled abroad, no need to mention you played poker while overseas. Personally I wish I spent a couple months in Asia over summer as the opportunity for me to do this will now decrease given I am looking to go into the work force. But; no regret as the pokers is ultimately a game that I play well when I am 100% enjoying it, which is max 20 hours per week.

This is getting a little lengthier and off track to where I expected so going to finish it up for now. Maybe will make a bullet point style version in a couple days.

Hang in there yall!

Posted By jubinator at 01:28 AM


Tags: Australia FBI DOJ new country New Zealand


wizzy21 posted on March 01, 2015 at 10:41 AM


cool post im also thinking of moving abroad in a couple of months once i get my bankroll up and move up the stakes. Melbourne's my fav city ever! im also from nz you still grinding?

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