It's been one month since I have started to play poker at Top-Pot Poker Club at the WM Casino. I have lived in Sihanoukville before and it was a big deal for me to come back. So I determined at the start of all this that it would have to take a lot for me to decide to stay, and perhaps even move here for the long term. I began play on the 27th of June and the screenshot of my results that I have included above cover 20 days of play in 30 days. I should note before I list my results that I am by no means a crusher. Friends have referred to me in the past as a marginally winning player and I think that description is appropriate. I need certain lineups to win and by no means can I beat every type of lineup. That having been said, here we go:
• Total Hours - 107.8
• Total Profit - $2,814
• Rakeback - $1,611
• Total - $4,425
• Hourly w/o rakeback - $26.10
• Hourly w/ rakeback - $41.05
Judge these results however you will, but I am very happy with how things have gone. I knew the lineups here would be weaker considering the Chinese composition and that I would most likely beat it. The $26 hourly without rakeback is basically what I expected, although I thought it might creep up above $30. But rakeback my hourly jumps up to over $40, having earned a total of $4,425 for the entire 30 day period.
I told myself that I would need to make at least $3,000 per month here for this to start being worth all the trouble. As my first month's total has exceeded those expectations, I have decided to stay in Sihanoukville. My rakeback deal will continue and I have also been told that I can extend the same to anyone I choose to invite. So I've called a few friends and they are slowly starting to filter into town, with one having arrived already last night. He will also play $2-$5 and will play on the same 3x big blind per hour deal that I am on. The only requirement to earn this is that any player on the deal play at least 70 hours within a 15 day period. We were both on the table last night and it was a good game as the Chinese boss was playing and he had put in a few of his associates. If I'm able to entice a few more friends over and the boss continues to put in his players, I anticipate that we may be able to run two games of $2-$5 on a regular basis.
Life in general is starting to look up and become normalized here in Sihanoukville as well. I found a decent hotel for only $20 per night that is much closer to the casino than where I was previously staying at in Otres Village. And I swear this was not intentional, but it turns out that the hotel is located right atop the Vietnamese red light district here in town so the next couple of weeks should be very interesting. I checked in today and already by 3:00 PM the girls were out in the street calling and cackling at me to come over. I've also rented a new apartment for my wife and daughter in Phnom Penh. The last couple of places that they have stayed were temporary homes at best. They were always single rooms with no kitchen and not really appropriate for a family. And while I may not be there a lot, I still wanted a real home for my daughter. So they are moving in today into a nice 2-bedroom, 2-story apartment by her family for a very reasonable price. This extends a bit the time of travel to go see my family every week as I will now have to go into Phnom Penh instead of Kampot. But the games here are too good and the opportunity too great to not take advantage.
Life in the Third World
Just a collection of random and not so random thoughts from my daily life here in Cambodia.