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Old 03-16-2016, 12:29 PM   #476
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Bump for some new info..
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:35 AM   #477
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Medellin and Bogota must be nice. I am going to visit later on this year. Any info on Colombia would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:30 PM   #478
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Cannot give detailed information about Medellin but my friend did move there and he totally loves it. He says it's super super cheap and good city to live in. Also safer than people think but you won't make it far with English ... speaking Spanish is big advantage.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:06 PM   #479
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Costa Rica:
Hey, anyone who can give me some information on where to go (city's/casino's) for good live action in Costa Rica. Looked everywhere now, and I can't really find any advice on the matter. Any help much appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:13 AM   #480
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How about Santiago-Chile any1???
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:28 AM   #481
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Wonderful place is Ceylon
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:37 AM   #482
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Country - Peru, Lima
Firsthand Experience? - Yes, lived here for 3 months

Cost of Living - 7.5 - Lima is a really big city and it strongly depends on the part of of the city. I strongly recommend staying in one of the rich areas which are Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco. I stayed in Miraflores and it's the most touristy and at the same time most western and modern one. If you eat out in a restaurant in the center of Miraflores you will pay 10-20$ depending on where. In clubs in the center drinks are quite on the expensive side imo. Ive spent less on drinks in Prague. But also depends a lot on the place. San Isidro is the part where a lot of wealthy Peruvians live and more calm than Miraflores. Barranco is known as the district for artists with some nice bars and clubs.

However if you go to one of the less developed parts which you should strongly avoid during the night you can easily have your lunch for 2-3$. Same is probably true about drinks in these districts but I would recommend to avoid degening there for your own safety.

Recreation - 9 - A lot of things to do in Lima as it is a really big town at the sea side. One day I was on a day trip to Callao where we went out to the sea with a boat and saw penguins and had the chance to swim together with sea lions. A lot of really good restaurants (3 of the best 20 ones worldwide are in Lima), chances to go surfing, etc. .. you won't get bored in Lima.

Drugs are cheap af here. Weed for 1-2$, coke for 4-5$, lol. But especially for coke you will need to know the right people to get the really good stuff. But for this cheap price no matter what you get, you cannot really complain.

Concerning girls. When I was in Lima I really regretted that I had a girlfriend back in Europe and I am too honest to cheat on her. But when I was out in Miraflores, I even got approached a lot by local girls. If you are European looking and over 1,80m you can b*ng so many chicks here. They really just wait for you.

How Scary
- 6 - I had only stayed in Miraflores and felt really safe here, even when walking during the streets at night. There is some kind of tourist police which always goes around and takes care of the foreigners. If you avoid the wrong parts nothing will happen to you. However in other parts it might be scary and there are people who would kill you for 20$. So it really depends on the district but if you're a smart and stay in the good ones, you dont need to be scared at all. Also Uber available in Lima which is a really good thing.

Poker Playing - 8 - Online worked fine and didn't need VPN. Not sure about taxes, legislations, etc.

For live there are 2 casinos in Miraflores with daily cashgame. One is located next to Marriot hotel and has friendly atmosphere with daily 0,75/1,5$ games running. Not very attractive tho, lot of nitty regs. But friendly ones, I always felt very welcome here.

The biggest one (Atlantic City) has almost every day (except for Sundays) running a 1,5/3$ game. Also some weak tight regs here but also some very passive bad players. For grinders this place is probably more interesting.

Rake is moderate in both casinos but with annoying jackpot. Drinks and food (even from a menu) is free for players. Non-smoking. Bit annoying for smokers that they always post your blinds even if you're not on the table. Games are 10max.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 8 - Up to 90 days is no problem for EU citiziens. But make sure you have a return ticket once you enter Peru.

To sum up Lima is a really nice city which worths visiting. The traffic is messy and the constant and loud honking of the cars seems like the sound of this city. Its of course a bit third world but if you stay in Miraflores much less than you might expect. Without Spanish skills its a bit hard, however, because only some students or very well educated people speak English.
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:07 PM   #483
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Anyone know about the process in Mexico about setting up a stars account or establishing residency through a lease?

Particularly in San Migeul de Allende it seems beautiful there.
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:51 AM   #484
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Dont go to Prague/Czech republic. It used to be popular destination for many Spanish/UK/other regulars, but new law passed and poker rooms are pulling out of the market. See this article for details:
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:06 PM   #485
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I didn't notice anything for Edinburgh. Thought I'd chip in:

Edinburgh, Scotland
First-hand experience: I live here

Cost of Living - 9 - It's the most expensive city in Scotland and has it listed as 12% cheaper than London. So yeah, it isn't like Switzerland or Scandinavia but it's still quite expensive.

Recreation - 10 - It doesn't matter what you're into. Edinburgh has just about everything in spades. History? You bet. Architecture? Yup. Night clubs and pubs are everywhere. The Fringe Festival goes on throughout all of August where there are some fantastic performances ranging from cabaret to stand-up comedy (I have a ticket to see Frankie Boyle). The Edinburgh International Film Festival ended about a week or two ago. My nerdy edge is hit perfectly by the multiple board game clubs meetings. Nice to follow that up with a couple of pints at a pub with live music on a daily basis with no cover. Mountains and beaches aren't too far if you dig the outdoors either.

As for girls, you'll find loose girls wherever you go but British girls aren't particularly attractive to me in general when compared to other nationalities. Not saying they're ugly by any means but my interaction with girls has been with expats who have settled here full-time rather than local girls.

How Scary? (1 = least scary) - 1 - I have absolutely no fear of property or violent crimes committed against me regardless of where I am in the city. To be fair, I don't get hammered on a regular basis and wander around drunk at 4 AM. So, I'm rarely in situations where I have to even think about being scared.

Poker - ? - There are 5 casinos within the city limits. I don't know if all 5 offer poker but even if they don't, they'll offer tons of machines and other table games. There seems to be a sports betting parlor every other block as well. So gambling doesn't appear all that taboo here.

How easy is it to get there - 9/TBD - Right now, EU/EEA/CH nationals can walk right in without a problem. A good chunk of South American citizens along with all of North America and Australia can travel visa free for 6 months. So, it's pretty easy right now. But Brexit negotiations have created a lot of uncertainty with regards to immigration, citizenship, and the economy in the future. The UK must have a package deal negotiated with the UK by March 30th, 2019 that must cover all of that plus more. Before then, enjoy.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:58 AM   #486
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bump for some Cartagena, Colombia and Indonesia news / taxes laws

thanks to all the posters btw, very interesting thread.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:05 PM   #487
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Country - Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Firsthand Experience? - Yes, stayed here for 1.5 months

Cost of Living - 8 - Not as cheap as I expected tbh. Rented a very modern flat with 2 bed/bath rooms and paid almost 1k$ for a month. Found it through Airbnb. Probably cheaper alternatives possible since I booked quite late but it doesn't seem that you get a baller flat for 2-300$ a month.

Restaurants/clubs in the center also have Western price level. You can also have your meal for 1-3$ but not in real restaurants and less quality/choices if you go for the cheap option to one of the food places where locals go.

Groceries in supermarkets are VERY expensive. At least 25% more expensive than in Germany. The reason why is because literally everything has to be imported. The supermarkets have decent choices and European standards, but yeah, indeed very pricy. However you can also buy your groceries on street shops and have it much cheaper. So it's up to you basically.

As you can see you can easily spend 2k$+ per month and have reasonably Western standards but you can also live on low budget if you buy your stuff on the streets like locals do. By the way, transport is super cheap. I strongly recommend a taxi app such as "Passapp". You can get anywhere for 1-5$ per ride.

Recreation - 5 - Not too much stuff to do in Phnom Penh actually. That's also the reason why most tourists only stay for a few days in Phnom Penh and then travel through the country and visit different places.

This definitely does not mean that Phnom Penh is boring but the options are somewhat limited. Havent checked out nightlife enough to make a proper judgement but from what I've heard it's decent and especially as a Western looking guy you will have an easy time hooking up with chicks.

There are also really good restaurants/bars in the center where you can spend a good time.

But sea/beach you won't have in PP. Elsewhere in Cambodia you can do nice stuff however. There are some islands such as Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloen with amazing beaches or for example you can visit Siem Reap with its historic temples. Siem Reap is btw the 2nd or 3rd biggest city and more wealthy than Phnom Penh. Maybe an option to live, too.

How Scary - 7 - I felt that Phnom Penh is a super friendly city and I never felt any scared here. However street smarts are of course helpful and just don't behave dumb. But you can just travel around by Taxi app and maybe avoid the very bad areas and I really can not imagine that something bad will happen to you. And the locals do all seem so friendly and warm-hearted, I really cannot believe they could hurt anyone :-)

Well, but maybe I was just lucky however from my impression Phnom Penh is a safe place to be.

Poker Playing - 9 - Not sure about legislation/taxes situation, etc. Also haven't tried playing online so I can not provide information about that... can share with you some information about the live poker scene however. There are two "official" places to play in Phnom Penh. One is the poker club Riverking which starts its cashgames at 12 in the noon and then there's the massive entertainment complex Naga World who usually start their cashgames at 7 in the evening.

Riverking runs NLHE 1/3$ and PLO games, too. I only played the NLHE and the game wasn't the best, some lack of fish and many regs. Rake is 10% with 5$ cap I think but I am not sure. Atmosphere is however very chilled and nice here. Competent staff, among others a very friendly American manager ... also free drinks/cigarettes and you can even order for free food from a menu. I always enjoyed being here and it's especially good for people who like to grind during the day.

Naga World runs only NLHE and most of the time just 1/2$. Minimum buyin is 200$ so it usually plays bigger than a regular 1/2 game. Once in a while if there are enough players they also start 2/5$ but not more than once or maybe twice a week. Rake is I think 5% with 20$ cap but again, I'm not sure if I remember this correctly. Drinks are free but you have to pay for food & cigs. However they offer a nice rakeback/comp system that you get a 10$ voucher for 2 hours of consecutive playing, 20$ for 6 and 30$ for 10 hours. You can use these vouchers anywhere in Naga World. Naga World is by the way one of the most impressive buildings I've ever visited. It's like a city in the city with at least 10 great restaurants, dozens of shops, etc. Concerning the stuff: The dealers are clearly less competent than the ones in Riverking but the poker manager Chris is doing a great job so it's not a big factor.

In terms of live poker Phnom Penh is a good place but all in all just too many regs and too small games, imo. You can certainly make your 10-20$ hourly but more isn't realistic at these games I think.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 8 - You can stay 30 days without visa I think. If you stay longer you can extend it and pay something for that but it's not too expensive. Don't know more details because my hotel managed that for me but if you are interested in that the Cambodia thread here on the travel forum can help you for sure.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:08 PM   #488
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anyone looking for a roommate or know of an area i can move to play poker online. Im from texas and looking for poker friends in another country. I would like to try mexico or canada but im open to other things.
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:20 AM   #489
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Originally Posted by crispoker10 View Post
Country: Portugal
City: Aveiro, Porto, Lisbon

Cost of Living - 9/10 - Living here is very cheap compared to places like France, England, or Germany ...
A trip to the restaurant its like $ 5 - $ 10. Yeah that's it... The Big Mac menu here is only € 5 also.
You can get a decent apartment for like 300/400 $ probably more in Oporto and Lisbon.

Recreation - 10/10 - a lot of activies all across the country!
Night and bars are awesome. Incluiding Algarve. Best beaches in Europe and also pretty girls. Summer in Portugal its awesome for sure!

How Scary? - 10/10 - I think we are the most safe country in south europe. Just don't go to the dangerous neighborhoods in Lisbon.

Live poker - 4/10 - awful.. just in lisbon you can get any action.

Online Poker - 9/10 - Well, no taxes, no laws. But the governement probably will change this... but they will take some time. Maybe next year.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 9/10 - lisbon and porto have airport. And its easy to get a ticket to many cities across the europe.

Since the regulation how it is for poker player there?
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:00 AM   #490
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Any live grinders willing to give a detailed report of Poker life in the Philippines?
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Old 08-20-2018, 11:13 AM   #491
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Thinking of doing dominican republic for 6 months, any expats living and playing poker there?
Been going to SE asian for long stints but I'm looking for a new flavor of women.

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Old 12-01-2018, 12:17 PM   #492
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any poker players in DUBAI ???
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:55 AM   #493
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Not sure if it has been mentioned before, so here goes:

Country - Croatia
City - Zagreb (capital)
Firsthand Experience? - Yes, born and raised

Cost of Living - 7/8 - A Central/South/Eastern European country (nobody knows for sure), part of EU, but prices are still moderately low.

Average salary around 600/700 EUR. Food is slightly more expensive than you'd expect at first, and the rent prices are rising in the past year or two (averaging around 400 EUR for a small apartment). Still, more than doable with a solid income of 1000 EUR or more. Pays off to cook and eat at home instead of eating out most of the time, though restaurants aren't that expensive either.

Recreation - 9 - After all, Croatia is known for its beautiful coasts and beaches. You won't see it in Zagreb, though, but travel to the seaside is always an option.

As for Zagreb, it's a clean, compact city, offering lots of recreational activities - several decorated lakes, movies, theatres, casinos... Nice historical architecture with several nice cultural monuments and pieces, worth to check out.

How Scary - 2 - Crime is really low, except if you're a part of the government, then crime is your occupation. Streets are really safe though, even after nightfall. Far eastern parts of the city are said to be slightly more dangerous than the rest, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you really wanna pick a fight for some reason, scream that Serbia should have won the war. Expect the unexpected.

Poker Playing - 6? - I know lots of people who gamble. Not many of them are successful. However, there are lots of automated and real casinos. The only problem is that recently the government announced that they will tax (or even ban? Not sure) some websites such as bet365, as they "lose a lot of money there". Not sure if it affects poker services as well, though.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 8 - If you come from the EU, the hassle will be minimal. Otherwise, it will also be minimal. It's Croatia, not the United States. I can't imagine getting a visa would be so difficult.
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