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I started playing poker seriously around 17 years old, and made a comfortable living
Alright, first post ever, and I hope it'll be all I need.
I started playing poker seriously around 17 years old, and made a comfortable living in Jersey for the next 5 years gaining experience and volume in live, and eventually online poker, only to settle for dealing poker for the next ten years, ultimately succumbing to the will of family and friends who couldn't condone the idea as we all watched Atlantic City die, and figured the experience as a player making me a great dealer would be the best I should expect from this industry.
I never planned on settling for that, and keeping track of numbers and profits, I learned two things about my poker career.
1.my skill at micro limit and low limit tournaments is wasted on small fields and small payouts, and while I'm not wealthy, no matter how good I played, the money I profited could easily be squandered by a late teen that hasn't ever needed a job since he began playing, and still unwise in the ways of long term saving and proper br management. Then again, in lieu of the full tilt debacle, and the fact this all took place before I was 21, and at times before I was 18, I'm glad never risked big enough to cause any suspicion about where extra money came from, and instead played so that I could want for nothing and self sustain.
2. I am empirically better as a tournament player, particularly pot limit Omaha and no limit holdem. My past ten multi table tournaments of fifty or more players involved 9/10 in top 50%, 7/10 of them final tables, with 5/10 as cashes, with two of those being wins. Among these were daily tournaments in Vegas, where I lived and dealt two years, along with a Venetian hold em deep stack finish of 50/1280, and a three way chop of a 180 player field at borgata's deep stack series(holdem) when I had a spare day visiting family a few months earlier. (Borgata "win" not counted among the two unchopped wins aside).
So that's it, I'm still incredibly confident in my game, and the main question I have is, what places could any of you recommend that's good for someone looking to start a new chapter in life. A few basic bits of info, and preference:
-starting bankroll should be about 10k.
-looking to play only tournaments (ideally 4-5 a week), with a local daily structure of around 100$ and a first place always paying off at least 10/1 based on field size.
-as I have experience in a.c. and Vegas and would appreciate a new environment, this request extends to anywhere else on the planet. I wouldn't mind traveling, but will say that a lower cost of living will likely be preferred in the infancy of my career. Warmer climate would be preferred, like Costa Rica or Malta, but honestly anywhere new will be what I'm looking for.
-potentially places where main tournament circuits come through, because although I won't be playing in any main events quite yet, the bigger the field for a similar buy-in, the better.
I hope to at least get a few people taking the chance to boast about their local poker scene a bit, so any input on the topic would be nice. Lemme know where my career starts folks
I think the Winstar Casino would be a good place to consider. It is one hour north of Dallas and cost of living in the area is reasonable especially if you don't mind living in a small town.
The major tours come through or nearby. WSOP, WPT, Card Players come to Winstar, Choctaw Casino and Tulsa Hard Rock. In addition it is a short trip to Tunica and Kansas
City if any major tournaments come through.
The buy ins are $65 but i am not sure how many are usually in the field. They have larger buy ins on the weekend so it should average out to your target buy in.