There's something romantic about not having a home but the romance comes with a price, like everything in life. A quote taken from THE Poker movie states that 'in the game of life, women are the rake'. In my life, travel fees are the rake. And they tend to add up pretty badly sometimes - especially in these inflation and €/$ parity times. But I get no cuddles in return :-)
After some months of Vegas, Baby! from May to August, I spent most of the August weeks in Portugal and I'm all set for September but October 2022 seems to develop as a major logistics knot which made me deconstruct my own process of deciding where I'm heading to ... geographically speaking ... philosophically and mentally, it's another story :-p
As a starting point, it's important for me to fall in love with a project or a destination. It's crucial for me to start with an impulse: a concept I like, people I appreciate being around, places I enjoy spending time in.
Later, I try to figure out what kind of a trip I am getting myself into. Am I traveling to work? To enjoy myself? To play Poker? To shoot random photos?
Over the years, I've accumulated a set of skills that allow me to play Poker profitably to some extend or at least, to play loads in many different cool places without going broke every six months.
The key is less about crushing the low stakes I play than about to secure nice deals in exchange of my contribution to the promotion of an event through my media content and photos.
Being/getting organised (as cheesy as it sounds) also saves heaps of money. Not sure if the early bird catches the worm in the end but the early booker catches the most value on travel expenses and spending less to get to the tables as such, is the same as winning more money at the tables in the end.
Getting organised, seems like a tougher one as expected for the coming months though. Some private considerations add headache to my decision taking process on top of the fact that multiple events I am interested in are taking place at the same time in very different locations.
I'll be in Estoril, Portugal playing cash games over September featuring an interlude week in Luxembourg and a trip to the SPF Vigo in Spain combined with a Portugal road trip at the end of the month. That settles the question whether I am going to the WSOP Circuit festival or to the Big Wrap at King's.
After Vigo, I'll be back in Estoril for a week or so until early October and that's where we're stuck :-)
- CNP is running an awesome Colombian event in Bogota and I could fly over from 9th to 17th October to play, shoot some photos and provide content for PokerFirma.com.
- simultaneously, THE FESTIVAL stops in Slovakia's Bratislava
That's the choice number one basically.
Late October will also be the starting time of the huge WSOP Europe at King's and, although I'm not in love with the idea of spending a long time in Rozvadov, I still feel like it could be interesting from a celebrity photo point of view. Other from that, the Czech forests don't have too much to offer in terms of travel photography and my experience is that these festivals are not necessarily the softest ones. On top of that, I'm not a bracelet hunter at all.
The alternative, or at least a way not to stay on the Czech border for too long, would be to add the CNP Gran Final Madrid to my November schedule for some winter sun, good southern food and soft Spanish Poker games <3
I'll try to make a decision soon.
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