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Old 11-26-2017, 03:16 AM   #451
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Hi Dubnjoy, thanks for the great thread. I love the pics and your artistic prose. Are you able to play on Bodog/Bovada in Montreal? If so, do you need to set up a Bodog account in another province of Canada?
While I have you, how about Vietnam? Are non-Vietnamese able to set up a bodog88 account in Vietnam and play poker?
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Old 11-27-2017, 02:36 AM   #452
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Have you even hear about resizing photos? 35MB last page I had one time in blog many photos from trip, it was over 100MB one page and views declined after that from regular few hundred to regular 30. Mobiles and data plans, fups and limits...
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Old 11-27-2017, 10:06 AM   #453
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Dem Falling Skies


Rainy day today. The skies, dem gods and all dem upstairs peeps, decided that they had enough of golden sunny days, and that alas , everything had to hence come tumbling down





Not a big concern, mind you, as I had been blessed with magnificent autumn days since setting foot on the Old Continent, effectively (barely) escaping both the Yukon winter (-40 as we speak) and the the Montreal one But a surprise was awaiting me - alas - just tucked beyond the cliffside of the mountains, on my way to Sarajevo





Not sure what Sarajevo has to offer outside of its myriads of buildings, its condensed population and beneath its freshly coated snow, but will be enjoying the old town, some coffee and my virtual grind here.








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Hi Dubnjoy, thanks for the great thread. I love the pics and your artistic prose. Are you able to play on Bodog/Bovada in Montreal? If so, do you need to set up a Bodog account in another province of Canada?
While I have you, how about Vietnam? Are non-Vietnamese able to set up a bodog88 account in Vietnam and play poker?

Bodog has always been my virtual plan B which, thankfully, I have never had to fall back on (you can add IDN to Bodog as my last potential grinding sites before fully exiting the virtual scene). But I believe you cannot play from Quebec, while Vietnam would definitely not be my first SEA choice to set up a bank account/address in (Cambodia, Thailand and Phils are much better options), albeit, it is still possible...


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Have you even hear about resizing photos? 35MB last page I had one time in blog many photos from trip, it was over 100MB one page and views declined after that from regular few hundred to regular 30. Mobiles and data plans, fups and limits...

Gotcha, had never given it any thought, tbh... I am not really concerned about the potential reduction in views (still a bummer, I guess, but am content with simply having a platform to share my stories/travelling pics as a means of writing exercises/journal, even if I do not get a ton of replies), but if it is a nuisance to other users because of bandwidth usage, then I will take a look into it. Thx for posting bro


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Old 11-29-2017, 02:25 PM   #454
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Eastward

An 8h bus ride separates Sarajevo from Belgrade. Eight hours of mountains, magnificent cliffsides, layered snow and a fantasy-awe-inspiring picturesque scenery.








Well, at least on the Bosnian side of things, as the landscape curiously flattened out across the Serbian border, with the houses losing some of their charm in the process…





Had heaps of time to read, finally coming to terms with the interesting Red Wheelbarrel by Sam Esmail, the Mr. Robot novel following season 1 and leading into season 2 which takes us into Elliot’s schiphronic mind as he ponders about…. ehhhhh sanity, while sitting in prison I then binged Kingpin : How one hacker took over the Billion-dollar cybercrime underground a neat little intake on the cyberpunk scene of the late 80s/early 90s. It revolves around an interesting protagonist and driven by a narration that browses through the evolution of viruses/cyber security. Next up, Spam Nation and Digital Gold.

Poker has been amazing, with a surge perhaps only comparable to the one of cryptos ; up 5k in EU thus far (11k when adjusted with RB and up 12k in cryptos). Flying out tomorrow to Bucharast (ehhh, the land route was 4-5 combinations of bus/car/trains and most likely a 2 day trek) for 4 days of live poker and - obviously - an MTT binkage.


Hummmm, for someone like me that use to stubbornly avoid by all means getting overcharged by taxi drivers in the past, twice thus far I have been caught in the “speeding meter” scam. Kind of hard to get away from, once sitting in the cab, having already giving consent to the ride and stuck behind the language barrier…. Not a big deal, obviously, but that sentiment of being had/hustled always feels a bit shyty, doesn’t it….


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The Finish Line

It always comes to an end… 501 people at the breakfast buffet eating their sorrows away, packing their bags, heading back to their respective countries... 501 individuals that fell short, are left behind, dissatisfied... And then there is that lucky one that took all that glitter down - of course -, the only one that claimed full success in our time in Bucharest.




The event was held at the Marriott, home of Grand Halls, luscious bars and restaurants...




...yet trying to squeeze out every possible penny of its customers with overpriced wifi, ridiculous mini-bar tags etc.


As far as I am concerned, it is with a smile that I will face this (finally) sunny day. I am (relatively) happy with my 18th place/7k (CAD) score, yet still could not manage to look back and inquire about the final table... Look at the live stream online or imagine that that Netherland (nice) fellow that took me out AA > QQ 48bbs effective, happened to be that last man standing...





My table on Day 1, which saw a little too high variance 3bets GII plays while I was completely card dead.


In another quantum reality my QQ gets there on the J98 flop... In another realm, I put those chips to good use, mastering my way to the final table, easing my way to the final 3, defying life, dem poker gods and all stuff immaterial when I find myself heads-up... In that fictional world, I am that envious one that all other 501 players don't want to turn their attention back towards to, as the only way to flee that elusive conquest, is to not remain stuck in time eternally dwelling on the "what ifs"... After all, there is always another time... Or another place, or so we like to repeat to ourselves...




That elusive feature table, sitting on the stage... On which I got to play a whole 2 hands, before getting switched tables again


Well, my plans of spending the day exploring went array when dumping a % of my winnings into a bitcoin atm became a hassle, in fraud-heavy thus regulated Romania... On top of that, I got hit by a severe flu that kept me strapped to the bed for 3 days str8








Am presently in Brasnov, home of Dracula (pics to come), and will most likely head to Budapest next. Trump is shaking up the situation in Israel, so won't be spending time on the Gaza Strip anytime soon


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Old 12-09-2017, 10:03 AM   #456
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Tactile Impressions

Dreamlike depictions is all that remains when you breeze through successive cities, snapshotting your life away... Your time-space recollection is occupied by lively pastiches, sure, but ones that remain at the surface - albeit magnificent... Of course, the goal was always to dip superficially into the Old Continent's colourful culture and absorb whatever I could ; and that, I have.




On the train Bucharest-Brasov








My trip in Europe has been splendid thus far, both on the the felt and as a full-on tourist Nonetheless, it will be nice to invest myself slightly more in Israel and then Colombia - me thinks... - where getting to work and meditate in the latter will be a growing experience, while learning the language in the former is the best way to completely immerse oneself into Latin America - never mind being accepted/not considered a Gringo .




Skating rinks, grafitis and churches, who would of phunked it


Hopping on a sleeper train tomorrow to Budapest.


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Old 12-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #457
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Dubnjoy,

Thanks again for the report and pictures. In tournaments in non-native English lands, is English-only still a rule at the poker tables? Local language only? No restrictions?

Be safe, have continued good travels.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:24 PM   #458
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It appears I didn't chime in here yet, but since this is as good a time as any I justed wanted to say that this is one of my favorite threads of all of 2+2. I have some personal history with some of the places mentioned but I still remember reading the thread before that. The Yukon poker room is still high on my list to make it one day mostly thanks to this thread.
But yeah, if you could shrink the pics a bit, that would be great. There's not much point in posting them in 4K and the pages take some time to load because of that.

golddog: Usually local language and English are both allowed. Depending on the location multiple languages may be allowed, e.g. Cantonese, Mandarin and English in Macau or Czech, German and English in the rooms near the Czech - German border. But this is often not strictly reinforced. But don't worry about that too much, usually local players or dealers spot it if there is something fishy going on. Mostly it's just whales chatting.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:59 PM   #459
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Feel free to PM if you need some Israel recommendations or help.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:11 PM   #460
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FWWM: Not worried about cheating. I'm not too likely to play in any of those places, and if I did, it's low-stakes rec play anyway. Just curious. Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:45 AM   #461
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Dubnjoy,

Thanks again for the report and pictures. In tournaments in non-native English lands, is English-only still a rule at the poker tables? Local language only? No restrictions?

Be safe, have continued good travels.

Hey golddog, funny that you ask, as the issue arose a couple of times in the Unibet Open, once we were itm. If the atmosphere was light like a feather at the end of Day 1 (all 25% of the runners having survived and being closer to the money and all), things changed quite swiftly once itm - surprisingly -, and an Israeli (whose English was bad) got into it with a guy from the Netherlands. The Israeli muttered a few words in Hebrew to his opponent during a big pot and the floor was called. The ruling was "English only" during a hand, which seems to be a Unibet "UK-centered" decision, tbh, as usually the local language is also accepted... When we were down to 3 tables, the PokerNews Reporter came to tell me that 2 Romanians, who kept on yapping during hands at my table, were in fact sharing the holdings that they folded. Not in a collusion sorta way, me thinks, but moreso as amateurs whining about what they had to fold. This said, it was becoming intrusive and I was close to calling the floor, but then I busted a player QQ < 88 and we get a new redraw for the remaining 18. I would go on to bust the first hand of the final 2 tables QQ < AA, so did not get to witness a follow-up.

As far as cash games goes across the world, it is a bit more flexible then the moreso standardized tournaments which follow the TDA (tournament directors association). In Asia, for instance, anything goes. The Koreans (whales) will get their way. Collusion is to be expected (in between locals vs foreigners). As is slowrolling But events like the APT will apply set rules. In Montreal (WPT and Party Millions), it is both French and English. I feel that peeps would rebel over there if it was solely English Western Canada is English only.

Interesting side story about the Casino de Montreal which held the WSOPC, I believe... They used the French cards which - some might not know - have different letters for the face cards. "R" for the "K"ing, "D" for the "Q"ueen and "V" for the "J"ack, which would naturally prompt English speaking out-of-towners to study longer their broadway cards ; a clear tell, of course Needless to say, but the WSOPC has since to go back to the Casino of Montreal (The Playground in Kahnawake is where all the big events are held).

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It appears I didn't chime in here yet, but since this is as good a time as any I justed wanted to say that this is one of my favorite threads of all of 2+2. I have some personal history with some of the places mentioned but I still remember reading the thread before that. The Yukon poker room is still high on my list to make it one day mostly thanks to this thread.
But yeah, if you could shrink the pics a bit, that would be great. There's not much point in posting them in 4K and the pages take some time to load because of that.

golddog: Usually local language and English are both allowed. Depending on the location multiple languages may be allowed, e.g. Cantonese, Mandarin and English in Macau or Czech, German and English in the rooms near the Czech - German border. But this is often not strictly reinforced. But don't worry about that too much, usually local players or dealers spot it if there is something fishy going on. Mostly it's just whales chatting.

Thx for the compliments and chiming in, it always feels good to get these On the subjects of the pics, will look into it, I promise... Any suggestions is welcomed though (software or hints?).


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Feel free to PM if you need some Israel recommendations or help.

Thx bro I got an Airbnb for my first 2 nights in Tel Aviv close to the beach before heading north to the meditation centre. I will be meeting up with 2 Israeli friends in Tel Aviv, is that where you live? I would be up for a coffee, if you are down with that... Peace
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In Asia, for instance, anything goes. The Koreans (whales) will get their way. Collusion is to be expected (in between locals vs foreigners). As is slowrolling
In my experience, these days, collusion among locals is not an issue in either Macau or Phnom Penh. I heard it was rampant in the Philippines, but I've never been there. Dunno about other places. And yes, I don't know exactly what it is but Asians love to slowroll, just be aware of that and move on. Some who do that are actually really nice guys if you talk to them a bit.

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On the subjects of the pics, will look into it, I promise... Any suggestions is welcomed though (software or hints?).
Pretty much any pic editing software will do, even gimp or MS paint. Or do it online, just google "online image size converter" or smth, tons of results
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Border Control

San-Jose, Costa Rica, Febuary, 2002. I have spent 3 days on the bus from Guatemala, hovering through gangsta-infested Honduras, intriguing Nicaragua and now the capital of Costa-Rica, trying by all means to get back to my gf in Montreal. If I originally flew into Guatemala City, thinking - for some stupid reason - that forcing myself to cross Central America by booking my return flight from San Jose - duhhhh!!! - would be a good idea, here I am, 4 months later, stinky as f***, with 20$ to my name AKA not even enough to cover the airport tax, FML.

After I double and triple check my bank account at an atm, I decide that pleading my case to a fellow backpacker American might be more lucrative…. But alas, I get shut down, much like the machine did…, Time for Plan B : sale what I have of value, AKA a 300$ African djembe.

The situation is not looking promising when the only person of help I can find, is a 35 year old street Costa Rican dude with a Ganja hat and BIG red eyes sticking out of their orbits like mama-fracking Bombaclat

- "Viene amigo" he waives to me, hinting to trust his better judgement, red eyes, plans for a revolution and all dem fluffy dreams We find a vendor who's son instantly takes a liking into my hand drum, especially after I demonstrate what sounds can potentially come out of a wooden instrument with an animal skin, yo 25$ is agreed upon, enough for the airport tax, a bus ride home and some pocket change in Montreal. Revolution baby



I can't really say that I got all that much out of Budapest, unfortunately. Part of it is showing up at 4am, hopping off the train/catching up on sleep upon arrival then having to leave at 3am to catch my flight to Israel... Add to this the variance of not knowing in which neighborhood your guesthouse will be located, and your impression of the city is greatly affected... I will certainly be back in this part of the world, more specifically Bosnia, where it would be a nice plan to settle down for 3-6 months...














I think I will be skipping the USA part of my trip and go directly to Colombia after the Israel part of my journey... tbd.


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In my experience, these days, collusion among locals is not an issue in either Macau or Phnom Penh. I heard it was rampant in the Philippines, but I've never been there. Dunno about other places. And yes, I don't know exactly what it is but Asians love to slowroll, just be aware of that and move on. Some who do that are actually really nice guys if you talk to them a bit.


Pretty much any pic editing software will do, even gimp or MS paint. Or do it online, just google "online image size converter" or smth, tons of results

Resized the pics, so hope this helps you guys

Have not played in Macau, but imo, the biggest form of collusion, is moreso in the form of locals softplaying each other while keeping the gist of their fight for foreigners. Not much different than any other casino in the world, tbh, where the regs instinctively gun for the newcomer. Also, there are the "house" players to consider, that might have much more incentive to share bankrolls, especially in shorthanded situations where the variance is obviously higher (and the collusion has greater impact).

edit : hummm, that blue framing sucks, but it was worth a try...


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