Some of you may already know from my social media posts that I had dengue fever my last week in Sihanoukville. To be honest, my health wasn't great before that either. It seemed as if I was sick basically every day I was in Sihanoukville. It is not hard to imagine why when basically every time I step outside, I am stepping in some sort of sewage water that seems to be everywhere. As per my rakeback deal with the WM Poker Room I am supposed to play 70 hours within a 15 day period after which point I get paid my 3 big blinds per hour that I have accrued. I somehow managed to get myself to the poker room every day during the time I was sick but simply could not make it the entire 15 day period. I made it 10 days and fortunately the poker room allowed me to cut this period short and paid me for the abbreviated time. The last few days in Sihanoukville I was basically stuck in my hotel room, not being able get out of bed. There were thunderstorms every day and it was not easy to get out to be able to buy food and drinks. Luckily I had a friend with me who was in town taking advantage of the same deal that I am on. He was staying in the same hotel and was nice enough to get me food and other provisions whenever I needed them.
This last playing period did not start out great for me as I went down about -$1,300 almost immediately within the first 4 days. The next few days I won a little bit here and there to bring myself back a bit, but on the last day that I played I managed a +$1,245 night to bring me from about $800 down to just over $400 up. That coupled with the rakeback allowed me to collect over $1,200 for the 10 days. My hourly shows that this period was not as good for me as in the past, but all things considered health wise I was nonetheless proud of myself for having made myself a profit and getting out of town with a healthy sum. I have been back in Phnom Penh now for a bit over a week and have for the most part spent my time trying to recover. About 8 days in and I feel like I am at about 85% back to complete health. I am also spending my time getting acquainted with my new neighborhood as I had my wife take up a new place while I was in Sihanoukville. It's really a fascinating neighborhood, unlike I had ever seen here in Cambodia. It is basically a huge gated community with their own shops, restaurants, pharmacies and even a huge local market. She got a huge place for only $250 per month which is great value for the size of the apartment and the larger community that it is contained within. A lot of this is of course due to it being outside the city, just beyond the airport about 1 hour from the center of town. So far I haven't minded the distance so much as it was never my intention to play at Naga or any of the other rooms in town anyway. If I really want to see friends or have business in town, I'll jump in a PassApp and enjoy the scenic hour ride into town.
As I mentioned it is not my intent to ride into town every night just to play in some of the games in Phnom Penh. From everything I have heard from friends, even though they remain busy, the games at Nagaworld have been terrible. And I don't care enough about collecting $20 per day to play in the other room. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine on Facebook today. We both play online and also both happen to agent for the clubs we play in. We were discussing how at the end of the day we can basically play poker anywhere, which is one of the huge advantages of playing online. Fortunately I have been running well online, especially in Omaha, so my plan for the moment is to continue playing online from home. I will be honest in saying that it will not be as much as I made in Sihanoukville and I will have to step up the volume, but I've been able to beat the omaha games on the online clubs for over a year now so I'm farily confident I will be fine.
I have slowly played more and more with each passing day as my health returns to full recovery. I deposited only $100 in my account when I returned to Phnom Penh and have run it up to about $600 in the last 7 days. My rakeback should push that up a bit more, making for a decent first week. I will probably hold off on making any withdraw until I have made a bit more. But I doubt it will take much as life in this part of town seems very inexpensive. It resembles Kampot in that way as my wife and I headed into the local market for breakfast. We ordered 4 dishes between the two of us, took some back for the kids and stopped in at a local juice place for two shakes, all for only $5.75. The only time I will really spend any money is when I go into town to see friends and go out for drinks. Although my wife was nice enough to point out that there are about 5 KTV's in our local area. They're sort of hard to miss as they're the type with the girls sitting outside all wearing cocktail dresses. Kudos to my wife for pointing them out; what a woman!
My aforementioned friend who was in Sihanoukville with me prior decided to go back yesterday. He was absolutely crushing the games there and while he did come back up to Phnom Penh for a while, wasn't that impressed with any games here and decided to go back. I had just got an apartment down there just before I left and never really moved in to the new place. So my friend took over the lease as my current plans are to remain in Phnom Penh and just grind online. If he reports to me that the games are still too good, then I may be tempted to go back. Actually the games are most likely to still be good so I will return at some point. But for the moment I really wanted to be around more for the family and just relax for a while as I try to recover fully. I have managed to get out a few times to see some old friends, which was probably not the greatest idea seeing as how it probably set my recovery back a few days. But I'm hardly one to turn down drinks with friends, especially on the riverside.
Life in the Third World
Just a collection of random and not so random thoughts from my daily life here in Cambodia.