Originally Posted by Isura
Thinking of living in Sydey or Melbourne for 6 months this year. Would appreciate comments about living in either city. I plan to play a lot of club cricket too! And my wife wants to do dive with sharks. How is the live poker scene ?
Sydney is the place to go if you are a tourist, Melbourne is the more liveable city in so many ways. Melbourne has much better roads and traffic, trams in the CBD and a pretty good public transport system.
Sport is pretty huge here, the MCG has a capacity of 100,000, hosts the Boxing Day test each year as well as Australian Rules Football all through the winter, the atmosphere there is amazing.
You won't have trouble finding a game of club cricket anywhere really, in my suburb alone we have 4 different teams, fielding teams in about 4 or 5 grades and I'm pretty sure that would be able standard around the country.
Melbourne and Sydney both have aquariums in the heart of the city, not sure what the deal is with swimming with sharks though. I actually just got back from the Great Barrier Reef where I went snorkelling. We saw some sharks while were out there, they are only reef sharks (about 1m big) and aren't really aggressive so that could be the best way to go about it.
Crown Casino is by far the superior poker room to Star City in Sydney. it hosts the Aussie Millions each year as well as the Melbourne and Victorian Poker Championships, all of which have high buy-in events and large fields. The poker room itself has about 50 tables and runs 24/7. The rake structure for no limit games kind of sucks at the low limits like $2/$3 there is a $5 time charge as well as decent rake taken every hand. Of course in Australia there is no expectation of tipping dealers. As well as spreading a decent amount of $2/$3nl, $2/$5nl and lots of limit hold em there are special days of the week where they run Omaha, Dealers Choice and other games.