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Old 10-31-2014, 01:17 AM   #451
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This is probably redundant.

Costa Rica

Cost of Living - 5.9 - Ticos get by on $600 a month but living at a gringo standard will cost as much or more than 90% of the US. Services are generally inexpensive. Almost everything tangible is imported and taxed through the nose.

Recreation - 9.2 - One of the most bio-diverse countries on Earth. Fantastic beaches on both coasts with some of the best surfing anywhere. Ticos love to party.

How Scary? - 7.5 - Generally a safe, stable country. Police corruption still exists but to a far lesser degree than other Central American countries.

Poker Playing - 4.8 - There are games but they have a reputation for cheating. Drunken tourists can make the games great.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 9.8 - Almost every international airline has flights to San Jose and/or Liberia. Though they seem to always be threatening a crackdown, perpetual tourism can be accomplished with a border run every 90 days.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:36 PM   #452
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Are there any countries in EU where it is easy to get a visa if youre playing poker?
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:57 AM   #453
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The UK has probably the most liberal online gambling laws in the World. All sites available and legal and a lot of Brits work in online gambling poker and licensees including Gibraltar, Alderney, Isle of Man are all British Dependents.. NO TAX on poker winnings live or on online in UK. Decent internet infrastructure plus numerous and growing live poker clubs, many international poker events and cheap flights to other European cities for events other poker experiences. You can bet on anything online or in the numerous high street bookies.
Can anybody point me to any information on the Isle of Man's stance towards income tax on gambling winnings for IOM residents?

eg: something along the lines of the IOM equivalent to the UK's HMRC manual, etc.

Juk

EDIT: I also emailed the IOM "income tax division" from the www.gov.im website, so hopefully will hear back from them about this.

EDIT2: I've also emailed Josem to ask if he or any other semi-pros working at Stars have ever contacted IOM revenue services about this.

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Old 11-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #454
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EDIT: I also emailed the IOM "income tax division" from the www.gov.im website, so hopefully will hear back from them about this.
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Broadly the Isle of Man operates the same rules as the UK.

If you have a more specific query please provide more details.

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Old 11-12-2014, 01:35 PM   #455
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What do you guys do for health insurance? I am debating moving to London
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:25 PM   #456
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Prague (Czech Republic)

Cost of Living - 8 Prague is definitely cheap but you should not do the mistake and assume it is as cheap as other cities in Eastern Europe. In the center, restaurants rather have West European price level. However, you can have dinner including starter for about 10€ which is fair enough.

Drinks in most of the clubs not really that cheap because clubs expect wealthy tourists and locals do not buy drinks in club anyway.

Concerning rent for apartment ... We pay 1000€ for a 3 bed room duplex apartment with two floors, two bath rooms, big balcony and it's located directly in the center. And locals even told me we pay too much and we could get similar or even better place for less.

Recreation - 9 Really good imo. As it is a major capital, you have a lot of opportunities. The city is really beautiful because it has not been destroyed in WWII ... it looks like a big old town.

Prague is famous for its great nightlife and hot local girls. You can party 7 days a week.

Restaurants are also good and of course you have many different opportunities. However, try to avoid restaurants in the center because they are too expensive and scam tourists.

How Scary? - 9 I was actually close to give a 10 here. I have never seen a fight or anything like that and I feel super save, going through the streets at 4am with my whole live bankroll on me.

Poker Playing - 10 Here we have our 10. Prague is a paradise for live poker. Several casinos with cashgames running 24/7. Games start from 0,50$/1$ until 2,50$/5$ but how I already mentioned, the games are super deep and people often sit with 1500$++ stacks (at the higher games).

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? 9 I am EU citizien, so it was no problem for me. My room mate is non EU citizien and lives together with me, so it should not be that kind of an issue.


If you have any further questions, take a look at the Prague thread: https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/92...rague-1329831/
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:51 PM   #457
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Granada, Spain
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Cost of living - 8 Rent is ridiculously cheap. I pay 202euros/month for a spacious four bedroom apartment including roof terrace in an affluent area in the centre of the city, which is about half what my brother pays in the UK. Groceries, going out, etc all cost about the same as UK prices. Wine from supermarkets is amazingly cheap. Finding a bottle that costs more than 5euros is a challenge; even the stuff under 1euro is perfectly drinkable.

Nightlife/Recreation - 9 Granada is a very popular tourist destination. There's the Alhambra, old mosques and palaces. Beach is 1hr away. Southern most ski resort in Europe is 1hr away, and snow is good December - March. Football team is in the primera liga and tickets are super cheap. Nightlife is good, entry usually around 10euros (free for girls) and drinks are pretty cheap if you go on the right nights.

How scary - 10 I've never once been harassed or threatened. There are some sketchy areas where the gypsies live but tbh they're quite hard to reach unless you actively set out to find them. Hardly any pickpockets or street con artists.

Poker - 3No casinos in Granada. Closest is in Malaga, though I've never been. Internet poker is legal but somewhat restricted atm.

Getting there - 10 Around 1.5hrs from Malaga, which has direct flights from all over Europe. International are routed via Madrid. EU citizens can live and work in Spain for as long as they want. Dunno what the limit is for US citizens although many of my American friends have found jobs no problem.
thx. i've been there a few times and really like it.... can anyone get an apartment that cheaply? or do you have an in? is that your contribution to the rent or the entire rent? sounds implausibly low.

anyone living in seville? everyone loves that city
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:54 PM   #458
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Would be nice if someone could do the same for Israel
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:20 AM   #459
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thx. i've been there a few times and really like it.... can anyone get an apartment that cheaply? or do you have an in? is that your contribution to the rent or the entire rent? sounds implausibly low.

anyone living in seville? everyone loves that city
I did one for Seville already. Actually, it's on this exact page. Really good city to go to if you can't afford Barcelona. Just beware that it is super ****ing hot during the summer and that there are no beaches.

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Old 02-25-2015, 09:44 PM   #460
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The Bay Islands of Honduras...Roatan, Utila. Best bang for your buck in the Caribbean & quite literally the last of the Mohicans when it comes to the "old" Caribbean...Not yet ridden by condos galore. You can purchase a 2/2 waterfront w/central air under 100k all day. Could basically live like a king for $250,000...ENough to purchase a hole in the wall dive shop/cafe & a well maintained bungalow of sorts. Also offers the cheapest diving in the Caribbean on the 2nd largest barrier reef on the planet.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:42 PM   #461
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LOL at millennial snowflake poker ploppies surviving 36 hours in Honduras, truly one of the most hopeless, hellish "societies" on Earth. It's cheap to live in Yemen too...
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:05 AM   #462
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LOL at millennial snowflake poker ploppies surviving 36 hours in Honduras, truly one of the most hopeless, hellish "societies" on Earth. It's cheap to live in Yemen too...
I would hope you're just joking..You do realize that I wasn't referring to the Mainland of Honduras?? Might wanna hit the books on where the Bay Islands of Honduras are actually located then reconstruct your statement. The Bay Islands are cheaper to reside by a mile & safer than another Caribbean destination like Freeport, Bahamas & nothing like Yemen! LMAO
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:04 AM   #463
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Gained a lot of value from this thread so thanks, thought I would give back as I see no one has done NZ yet and a couple people had asked.

New Zealand, Auckland (lived there for 18 years)

Cost of living 3/10
On the expensive side of things, I remember reading we are in the top 5 countries in the CPI not long ago. Rent for a nice place in the city center youre looking at around $1800-$2k (usd). A Big Mac is about 5usd. 3 course dinner for two at a decent resturant you would be looking at about 150usd. I would say after rent and all expenses, to live a comfortable life style (nice house, going out , eating out, good internet, cable, etc) you would need about $3kusd/month and you will be far from ballin. Take $3kusd over to Thailand and youre a king lol. And if you want a chef/maid be prepared to pay the minimum wage of $12usd/hour.

Recreation/Nightlife 8/10
A lot of clubs and bars really cool atmospher at night. Pretty strong nightlife at world wide standards its up there with the likes of london, most EU places from what I gather although never being there. Main factors bringing it down from a 10 is it gets fairly cold at night even in summer and the girls are sub optimal and not very slutty in general, (I'll get to this later). As far as day activities go its pretty decent, standard stuff like golf, movies, etc is all good. Also if you dont mind a quick road trip out of the city and like outdoors stuff then NZ is the nuts, a lot of nature, rock climbing, rafting, para-gliding etc.

How scary 10/10
Safe as **** not much more to say I think it was rankked as one of the safest countries in the world at one point along with switzerland.

Poker 9/10
Dont know much about live as im only 18 (leagal age is 20 here I believe) but Sky City casino hosts the ANZPT and im sure cash games run regulary.
Online though is 100% legal, no tax, banks are easy going and should be easy to set up. Internet is great, we have 4g and its really fast (only thing stopping me from giving this a 10 is the simple fact I dont know how the live games are)

Getting there 6/10
NZ is pretty sucluded and far from ROW esp for you EU guys, I assume you know how long the flight is from your current destination to Aussie, then just add 3 hours and your at New Zealand. As far as visas go, have no idea obv as I'm a citizen but we have strong economic relation ships with most countries I would be suprised if it was too difficult to get a 6-9 month tourist visa. And I have a feeling most visitors can come for 3 months without a visa at any time. I guess just google it.

Girls 3/10
Gotta admit most girls aren't flash unfortunatly, and are usually pale cause of the cold weather. Obviously there are exception but the hot ones usually know they are a rare breed and are more stuck up and harder to pull, However maybe my sample size is too small eh but if you are in decent shape and have money you should be alright I guess. But comapred to the likes of Latina girls, EU girls, or Aussie girls they look like dog food.

Quick note on the weather, I would say 5-15 degress celcious in the winter is standard and summer is high variance it might be 7 degrees one day and 30 degrees next but in general anything over 20 we are happy with anything above 30 and everyones dying.

Pros:
Good night life
Great internet
Laid back life style
1st world country
safe

Cons:
Expensive
Far away
Colder climate (but not too bad really)
Girls not gto

(have used USD here for ease, actual currency in New Zealand is NZD)
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:07 PM   #464
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Maybe it's just you

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/22...s-in-the-world

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Kiwi women are the most promiscuous in the world – right up there with Austrian blokes, a survey says.

New Zealand women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners, according to a survey by condom-maker Durex.

The global average was 7.3.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:06 PM   #465
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wow, genuinly shoked haha. Maybe it is just me
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:12 AM   #466
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They have to put out more precisely because they are so ugly.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:15 PM   #467
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Country Malta, city Bugibba/ St Pauls Bay, Year 2013
The north of Malta is a lot cheaper then hotspot cities like Sliema and St Julians. Granted up North is generally a lot quieter with a lot less nightlife. Still some restaurants and cafe's/bars. Scenery is very nice, beach and ocean close by. Even a casino in Bugibba. Lots of supermarkets and smaller little corner stores.

Cost of living: Housing anything form 250 Eur upwards. I rented a nice 2BR, 200 meter from beach, with ocean view for 350 Eur. Utilities including electricity ~ 100 Eur. Food groceries ~ 200 Eur.

Recreation: Bugibba has a man made beach, not the best but Malta seriously lacks good beaches. This is the best you'll find close by. You can travel a few miles and reach some nicer beaches though. I considered living in those areas only to be told that they are like ghost town during winter. Not sure what they are like during summer.
Some bars and restaurants, the cities in the north are more for relaxing and less for partying.

Scary: Not scary but Maltese (older generation) can be racist/awkward towards foreigners.

Poker: There's a casino in Bugibba that runs daily tourney's and they have cash games running in the evening. Nice to break the week from grinding online.

Visas: EU members get to stay as long as they like. The rest of the world, just google it.
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Country Mexico, City Playa Del Carmen, Year 2014/15

Cost of living: I found Playa to be quite expensive in terms of groceries and housing. Eating out is cheaper compared to EU countries. Most restaurants charge like 5-10$ for 2/3 course meals. 4 tacos with drinks like 5$.
Housing anything from 500$ upwards. 500$ will get you small studio right close to the beach or something a little bigger a mile or 2 away from beach. Groceries on par with other EU countries.

Recreation: Beach is huge with crystal clear water (albeit not all the time) snorkelling is not very good of the beach. There is a reef in Playa that can be reached if you are a good swimmer, saw some pretty cool stuff, tons of cafe's, bars and restaurants. Lots of nightlife too!

Scary: There's a lot of police there. Literally everywhere. I did not have any problems whilst there, but things did not feel right either. Maybe it's just the way the locals look, kinda sketchy. I almost got bitten twice by 2 different dogs, one of them seemed like a stray, I walked through a street to reach one of the main roads and he obv thought I was invading his territory.

Poker: All online, perhaps some home games too, lots of poker players already there so. There is a casino but it didn't have poker.

Visas: I got a 6 month Visa and if you want to stay longer you need to exit and return. The laws seem really lax, so visa runs seem easily doable.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:59 AM   #469
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Hello,


I'm looking for a place to go for staying. I speak French ( moher language ) English ( good ) and Spanish ( basic ).

I have 550$ per month for living.

The best would be playing big tournaments from 9am to 6pm or something like that.

Do you have any idea of countries ? Caribbean ? latin america ?

What about visas ( how to have them for long duration ? ).

Thanks
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:08 AM   #470
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I have 550$ per month for living.

Rather go to Asia, something like cambodia with that budget.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:04 AM   #471
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Immense idea for a thread!
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Old 10-19-2015, 12:04 AM   #472
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hey is there any spanish websites i should know about to rent a place in panama or costa rica ? or airbnb have close to the best deals for those countries? wanna rent for 3 weeks approx
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:35 AM   #473
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This is a great thread and with informative posts.

If anyone has lived or have experience of Cartagena, Colombia and Bucaramanga, Colombia. Any info will be appreciated. Likewise with Lima, Peru and other cities in Peru.

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I would also love to hear more about Colombia.
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No impressions about Colombia?
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