Moving to be closer to Live Poker

Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
Just curious if anyone else has made a similar decision and whether or not they have advice or regrets.

I'm leaving my job in May. So I'm currently on the hunt for a new job. A large part of me wants to find a job near a cardroom so I can play live poker regularly. Currently, it's a 2+ hour drive to the closest poker room.

I'm more or less trying to stay on the East Coast. Family and friends are all here, so CA and NV aren't really under consideration. But Philly, CT, Maryland are at the top of the list.

Any thoughts welcome. Thanks.

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  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 144 ✭✭
    I have the same problem. Im an hour an a half from the nearest casino and the expenses involved impact my bottom line and even mental game pretty severely at times.

    The only solution I can find to this is underground games, but I have no clue how to discover/ get invited to private tables.

    Its either that or move, which I'm seriously considering as well.
  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 391 ✭✭✭
    I am partial to the MGM National Harbor right outside D.C., in Maryland. I live in Prince George's County, Maryland, about 5.5 miles from the casino, right up the Beltway and also right outside a Metro stop (Branch Avenue on green line if you want to google). My condo is amazingly cheap (and spacious) compared to D.C. prices and there are both rent/buy options. 15 minutes on train to Downtown. 20 min drive to airport.

    There's also Maryland Live about 30 mins from me but I don't like the room as much; I get treated much better at MGM but I go there much more often which is probably the reason why haha.

    If you'd like more info, feel free to shoot me a message!
  • NYCRyNYCRy Red Chipper Posts: 328 ✭✭✭
    I am also in a similar predicament. Philly is my #1 choice at this point. Close proximity to Borgata, Parx, and eventually Philly Live is pretty legit
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 1,919 -
    I moved to Vegas specifically to have access to live poker, but given that I was living in Kansas at the time this is not what I would call a sacrifice.
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  • Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    Having driven through Kansas a handful of times, I can confirm that is not what I would consider a sacrifice. From one type of desert to another.

    I'm also an avid mountain biker, so the current list of locations aren't super appealing. Maybe I should look into Vancouver or PNW. Haven't looked into the poker scene in that region at all.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 1,919 -
    Having driven through Kansas a handful of times, I can confirm that is not what I would consider a sacrifice. From one type of desert to another.

    I'm also an avid mountain biker, so the current list of locations aren't super appealing. Maybe I should look into Vancouver or PNW. Haven't looked into the poker scene in that region at all.

    I guess MD Live to the Shenandoah Valley is a bit of a trek, but it's a beautiful part of the country.
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  • Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »

    I guess MD Live to the Shenandoah Valley is a bit of a trek, but it's a beautiful part of the country.

    I was born and raised in Central/Southern Virginia. Shenandoah is beautiful. But having to drive 90+ minutes from the other side of DC would be a bit much. Currently, in Vermont, I'm 15-30 minutes from some of the best trails in the East. I typically ride 5-6 days a week. I don't think that would be possible if I lived in the DC area. Plus the dog likes to run with me and unfortunately, most areas down south are leash-only.

    I'm beginning to think there is no perfect answer.
  • U_TurnU_Turn Las VegasRed Chipper Posts: 34 ✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »

    I guess MD Live to the Shenandoah Valley is a bit of a trek, but it's a beautiful part of the country.

    I was born and raised in Central/Southern Virginia. Shenandoah is beautiful. But having to drive 90+ minutes from the other side of DC would be a bit much. Currently, in Vermont, I'm 15-30 minutes from some of the best trails in the East. I typically ride 5-6 days a week. I don't think that would be possible if I lived in the DC area. Plus the dog likes to run with me and unfortunately, most areas down south are leash-only.

    I'm beginning to think there is no perfect answer.

    If you consider the Philadelphia area, I have a good friend there who is a (very strong) Cyclocross rider and frequntly trains on the mountain bike. I could put you in touch with him for some guidance on trails around southeast PA.
  • Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    @U_Turn That's good to know. I assumed Philly didn't have much in terms of elevation nearby. I've only driven past it via I-95 a handful of times. I have dabbled in Enduro racing the last couple of years. But I've decided to stick to enthusiast riding and focus more on poker. More casual fun and beers at the top, instead of calories and Strava PRs.
  • CactusCardsCactusCards ArizonaRed Chipper Posts: 95 ✭✭
    Just curious if anyone else has made a similar decision and whether or not they have advice or regrets.

    I'm leaving my job in May. So I'm currently on the hunt for a new job. A large part of me wants to find a job near a cardroom so I can play live poker regularly. Currently, it's a 2+ hour drive to the closest poker room.

    I'm more or less trying to stay on the East Coast. Family and friends are all here, so CA and NV aren't really under consideration. But Philly, CT, Maryland are at the top of the list.

    Any thoughts welcome. Thanks.

    Haven't really had that as a factor in any moves I've made, but if you enjoy the game, and it's a good fit, why not?

    Seems no different to me than someone saying they want to move to Colorado because they like Skiing, or San Diego for surfing.

    Its tough to not have a lot of play mixed in with your studying, if you're serious about poker might as well give it a shot!
  • Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    @CactusCards I agree. That's why it is factoring in to my decision process. I've gotten some pushback from non-poker playing friends and family who looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned it. Just curious if others have made the decision and later decided it was a bad idea. Or the opposite, of course.

    Right now, I'm only playing online 6 days a week, 20+ hours. So I'm getting plenty of application to go along with my studies.

    But, I recently played a live tourney (50 person cap) at a nearby casino and quickly realized it was a very different game. Much softer, lots of limping, and weird bet sizes. There was some serious adapting to be done... "wait, did you just call me down three streets with bottom pair?!"

    Also, online provides some crutches that aren't there in live. Keeping track of pot size, big blinds remaining, etc all takes more practice to become muscle memory. I found myself spending time tallying up the pot size and bet sizes, and then skipping other thought processes because my internal decision clock, again from online's quicker gameplay, began pushing me to make a decision. Live is just such a different animal, but it's also more lucrative, so I want to have regular access to it.
  • CactusCardsCactusCards ArizonaRed Chipper Posts: 95 ✭✭
    @CactusCards I agree. That's why it is factoring in to my decision process. I've gotten some pushback from non-poker playing friends and family who looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned it. Just curious if others have made the decision and later decided it was a bad idea. Or the opposite, of course.

    Right now, I'm only playing online 6 days a week, 20+ hours. So I'm getting plenty of application to go along with my studies.

    But, I recently played a live tourney (50 person cap) at a nearby casino and quickly realized it was a very different game. Much softer, lots of limping, and weird bet sizes. There was some serious adapting to be done... "wait, did you just call me down three streets with bottom pair?!"

    Also, online provides some crutches that aren't there in live. Keeping track of pot size, big blinds remaining, etc all takes more practice to become muscle memory. I found myself spending time tallying up the pot size and bet sizes, and then skipping other thought processes because my internal decision clock, again from online's quicker gameplay, began pushing me to make a decision. Live is just such a different animal, but it's also more lucrative, so I want to have regular access to it.

    I would say go for it, especially if the 9-5 opportunity is a good one. It can be tough for non-poker friends to realize this, but not all hobbies (like golf for example) require a certain location for easy access. Keep us updated!
  • The_Juic3The_Juic3 Red Chipper Posts: 29 ✭✭
    . Maybe I should look into Vancouver or PNW. Haven't looked into the poker scene in that region at all.

    Vancouvers poker scene is pretty good from what a couple of my friends have said but the majority of the action is PLO. That said Vancouver's rental market is outrages and buying market is equally as insane.

  • Brews_and_CardsBrews_and_Cards Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
    The_Juic3 wrote: »
    . Maybe I should look into Vancouver or PNW. Haven't looked into the poker scene in that region at all.

    Vancouvers poker scene is pretty good from what a couple of my friends have said but the majority of the action is PLO. That said Vancouver's rental market is outrages and buying market is equally as insane.

    I've heard that as well. But, trust me, the DC area's rent/mortgage market isn't exactly sane either. I lived in Northern VA for a year after graduating undergrad. $900 a month to share a townhouse with 4 other guys.

    I was excited when I moved to Burlington, VT expecting my cost of living to go down. That was quickly dampened when I saw that renting here is nearly as much as DC. And buying is even more expensive because of high property taxes and other local ordinances that don't allow for a lot of new properties. My generation has truly been screwed over on the real estate front.
  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,382 ✭✭✭✭
    Just curious if anyone else has made a similar decision and whether or not they have advice or regrets.

    I'm leaving my job in May. So I'm currently on the hunt for a new job. A large part of me wants to find a job near a cardroom so I can play live poker regularly. Currently, it's a 2+ hour drive to the closest poker room.

    I'm more or less trying to stay on the East Coast. Family and friends are all here, so CA and NV aren't really under consideration. But Philly, CT, Maryland are at the top of the list.

    I choose my current residence to be very close to the casino but I play for a living. Having a five-minute commute is awesome.

    I would just think of it as one of many factors to consider when looking for a job. Only you can decide how heavily to weigh poker in your decision making. But it seems to me like a good career is WAY more important than poker.
  • Mr. DontMr. Dont Red Chipper Posts: 370 ✭✭✭
    Im living near Parx casino philadelphia. Though I usually go to Parx and occasional borgate trip, Im really happy that I have multiple card rooms within, or around an hour distance. Parx, Sugar House, Harrahs Chester, Sands, and Atlantic City. Unless you go to Vegas, Phila should be on top of your list.

    I linked cardplayers old article just in case. Its probably outdated, but for the reference. Good luck.

    https://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/17058-the-top-five-cities-to-launch-your-poker-career-part-one
  • Mr_Big_StackMr_Big_Stack Grantville, GARed Chipper Posts: 5 ✭✭
    blindraise wrote: »
    I have the same problem. Im an hour an a half from the nearest casino and the expenses involved impact my bottom line and even mental game pretty severely at times.

    The only solution I can find to this is underground games, but I have no clue how to discover/ get invited to private tables.

    Its either that or move, which I'm seriously considering as well.

    I moved to Georgia, found out that nearest casinos are 4 1/2 hours away. I found a home game through http://www.homepokergames.com.

    After my 3rd session, I was told about the other games available. Found out that there is a game nearly every night of the week. Now if I didn't need to get up at 4:30am to get ready for work..... Hope that the site helps you find some good games.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 1,919 -
    good luck!
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