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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wedding, Home Hunting, and Sweet Home Alabama?

Sorry about the lack of poker content in this upcoming blog, but my life has just been super busy with things outside of the poker world. I guess we'll get to poker first though. So far in May I have played 1 hour of online poker and am up 2.5 buy ins. While in the Bahamas I played one live sit-n-go and got 1st. It paid a necklace valued at about $1 which I of course gave to Kim. LOL. Now you're caught up on my month at the tables. If you're not interested in my weddingmoon in the Bahamas, my move to Alabama, my wifes blog, or my house hunt, now would be a good time to quit reading.

Still with me? Great. On May 7th Kim and I left for Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. My best friend Ben and his girlfriend flew in from California on May 8th and stayed at the resort as well. The four of us had a blast hanging out at the beach, the pool bar, going to the casinos, having great meals, sailing, kayaking, and just chilling out. On May 12th at 10am Kim and I exchanged vows right on the beaches edge with our bare feet in the white sand while overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. It was truly an amazing wedding and we were very happy to have Ben and Liza there with us. They left right after the wedding, and Kim and I stayed a few more days before heading back to Houston. In our time alone we also went to the waterpark at the Atlantis, and went to Blue Lagoon Island and swam with the dolphins. That was an amazing day as we hugged, kissed, danced with, and petted 2 seperate Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, one of which played "Flipper" in the 1996 movie starring Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood (a robotic dolphin was also used in most of the film, but where a live dolphin was used it was that cutie named Jake). The dolphin encounter was capped off with a foot push where 2 dolphins swim up behind you and push you about 100 yards at 15 miles per hour or so across the water. It was very very cool. I have nothing bad at all to say about our weddingmoon, and would highly recommend Sandals as a vacation or wedding destination. Oh yeah, and thanks Mom and Dad for the trip, it was an awesome wedding gift!

After getting back from the Bahamas, we immediately started packing to come to Mobile, Alabama to start looking for homes. As I think I stated in my last blog, Kim got a job transfer from her companies Houston office to its Mobile office. They gave us a corporate apartment in West Mobile and we moved in last Wednesday. We are keeping our rental home in Houston for now until we close on a home here. I spent this week looking at homes in Daphne which is a suburb of Mobile. It's located on the East Coast of Mobile Bay, about 1 hour from Pensacola, Florida to the east, and 1 hour from Biloxi, Mississippi to the west. I think it's going to be a great location for me to start playing some more live poker. Many people know about the poker action in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage and IP (as well as smaller games in a few other casinos there), but I am really looking forward to playing at the Pensacola Greyhound Track. The law will be changing in Florida on July 1st and there will no longer be a $100 max on the buy in, so this should make games like $2-$5 and $5-$10 No Limit super juicy for a long time while players are adjusting to a deeper stacked game. I'm also looking forward to becoming a staple in the tourney series' at both the Beau Rivage and IP in Biloxi, as most of the tourneys fall into the buy in range that I prefer ($200-$2500). So, back to the housing situation. After looking at over 15 homes, I found the one that I really loved. Kim came with me today to see my top 4 choices, as well as a few more that we hadn't seen, and she picked the same one as I did as her favorite. We put in a legitimate offer on the house and will have a response by tomorrow (Sunday) at 5pm. We are trying to not get too excited, but we do have high hopes of getting the house. I promise to post pics if/when we do get an accepted offer on the house. Just a rundown about it, it's 2030 square feet, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, huge bonus room, formal living room, formal dining room, breakfast area, and decent kitchen. Outside it has a pool with a waterfall, a covered screen 25ft tall enclosure for the pool, a decent yard for the dogs, and a covered patio good for grilling and just relaxing in the shade. The front of the house has a covered wrap around porch great for morning coffee and a cigarette, and relaxing in rocking chairs while enjoying the breeze coming off of Mobile Bay. All in all, we really love the home. I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.

Lastly, my wife Kim has started a blog. I thought it was kind of interesting and think other people will enjoy it as well. Her blog is called "Tales of a Roving Gamblers Wife" and can be found at Her blog chronicals the ups and downs of being the wife of a professional gambler. It may not be the content that my readers are looking for, but if you guys' wives or girlfriends are into blogs you should definitely pass on the link to hers as I think they will enjoy and be able to relate to what she feels. Of course her blog also talks about whats going on in her life as well, but mostly talks of our "backwards" relationship where she has a big time corporate america job, and I play poker professionally. Because of the schedule that I keep I end up doing a lot of the laundry and cooking, which I guess is sterotypically the "woman's job." Don't flame me for that as I am perfectly happy doing these things and have no notions about it actually being a woman's job. But anyway, if you or someone you know is interested in a blog like that, check her out and follow her.

Hopefully we will head west to Biloxi tomorrow for the first time since moving to Mobile. I think we probably will just play some low limit poker, maybe some $1-$2 no limit or something for a few hours to help kill time in the day while waiting to hear from our Realtor about the house that we made the offer on. Good news one time please!!!

I really don't know when I'll fully get back into playing poker, but I hope it's relatively soon as I am starting to miss it. I was kinda tired tonight so I didn't think it was a good idea to play, but I did sweat a friend a while just to get my fix. Hopefully all my buds like talv, Nicolak, and my fellow FeltStars Pros are killing it this month and making up for my lack of table time. If anyone is in Biloxi on Friday June 4th or Saturday June 5th make sure to stop by the Beau Rivage and say hello. I will be there representing FeltStars as its featured pro when the Poor Mans Poker Tour rolls into town. You can find out more info on the Poor Mans Poker Tour at and more info on the Biloxi tour stop by clicking on the word Biloxi on the sidebar of their website. Also, listen to their radio show at the website for an interview with FeltStars newest team pro Nadim "Lucky Dime" Shabou. Guess thats all for now though. Hope to see you all in Biloxi. As always, follow me on twitter at

Til Next Time....

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on everything. Good read. We'll have you up front soon.