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No elite this year

Dated:
06 Dec, 2012
Tagged:
poker , toronto , raptors ,
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Last time I wrote I was planning on going for elite. It was going to be a pretty hard-core grind but doable…when I was running hot. I hit a pretty big downswing in August and decided to cut back on tables and play a better game. I hit my 700K VPP milestone the beginning of December and I’m calli... Read More →

Back in the saddle and some fluffy new roommates

Dated:
31 Jul, 2012
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday , guinea pigs , blue jays
1 Comments

I’ve been back to playing for about six weeks now and I’m feeling really comfortable again. The first two weeks were a little slow but a few days into July I decided to fire it up and go for elite again. I got to transfer in my 340K VPPs from 2010 so I’m not too far behind pace. I’m planning... Read More →

OMG I’m living in Toronto!

Dated:
19 Jun, 2012
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday
4 Comments

14 months after black Friday Katie and I have finally relocated. Probably one of the slowest people to make the move but we’re planning on it being a permanent one so it takes more time. We found a nice but small condo in the Yonge on Eglinton area. Should be a great location for walking to bars/r... Read More →

Pre-approved!

Dated:
15 May, 2012
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday
3 Comments

My wife finally got notice that her LMO was approved so we should be able to get our work permits when we cross the border (barring any strange occurrences). We have a wedding to attend this weekend but then we plan to head north to hopefully get the permits and find a condo. If we find a place to l... Read More →

As if I didn’t already feel like a criminal

Dated:
26 Mar, 2012
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday
4 Comments

With the black Friday debacle the legality of my career has certainly come into question. While you can argue that internet poker is still “legal”, it certainly isn’t clear cut. Bill Rini had a nice blog a while back called “Online Poker is Illegal.” Basically it says you can argue all you... Read More →

Application Finally Submitted

Dated:
20 Feb, 2012
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday , squirrels , cardinal
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The lawyers got everything straightened out and submitted my wife’s application for a labor market opinion (LMO). There’s pretty much no way we could have gotten this done without a lawyer. $3000 well spent. As I said before, this is what we need to get work permits as we enter Canada. We were t... Read More →

Christmas break and trip to NYC

Dated:
17 Jan, 2012
Tagged:
poker , new york city , alpaca , avenue q , porn
1 Comments

Over Christmas I went back to Iowa to see my family for two weeks. I only get home once or twice a year so I like to take a long trip when I do go (it’s not like I’m that busy now anyway). It was great to hang out with my parents and brother and see some other people. I even played farmer for a ... Read More →

Waiting...

Dated:
15 Dec, 2011
Tagged:
black friday , canada , poker
1 Comments

The process of getting my wife’s work permit has been going really slow. We hired a lawyer since we wanted everything to go smoothly. It didn’t take long before realizing this was a very good idea. This first step is applying for a labor market opinion (LMO) from Service Canada. There are certai... Read More →

Dodging Hurricane Rina

Dated:
31 Oct, 2011
Tagged:
mexico
3 Comments

My wife and I went to the Excellence Playa Mujeres all-inclusive resort last week. It's a beautiful resort about 30 minutes North of Cancun. The room was 800 sq ft and pretty comparable to the room we had at the Atlantis Resort except the view wasn't as spectacular. The resort had nine restaurants... Read More →

Toronto bound eh!

Dated:
26 Sep, 2011
Tagged:
poker , canada , toronto , black friday
5 Comments

My wife found out on Friday that she got a speech pathology job in Toronto. Such a huge relief. It's been over five months now that I've been wondering what our game plan was going to be. The next step is for her future employer to get a labor market opinion (LMO). Once we have that, my wife should ... Read More →