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Monday, June 7, 2010

House Hunting

Well, after several weeks of house hunting in the Mobile area, we have finally decided on a house and go into contract on it tomorrow. The house is located in a new subdivision in Daphne, Alabama, which is just East of Mobile Bay, about 40 miles from the Alabama/Florida border. After looking at homes 10 years old or less, we decided to just go with a new build. The home is scheduled to be ready by the end of July. Kim and I are super excited about it and can't wait to move in. The house is 1800+ sqft, 3 bedrooms, an office, 2 bathrooms, and located on a cul de sac lot. For all the specifics about the house, check out my wifes blog which is linked in my blogs section on this page. All that's left to do is decide on which mortgage company we want to go with, and then sit back and wait until the home is completed. As for now, we are staying in a corporate apartment in Mobile, as well as keeping our house in Houston until this home is ready for move in.

As far as poker goes, well, it has more or less been a non existant part of my life lately. I think I worked a whopping 4 hours in May, but still good for a small profit for the month. I also played some live poker at the Beau Rivage on Saturday and won a decent bit in the 2-5NL game. I am planning on going back to the Beau Tuesday or Wednesday this week to play some more. I really like the 2-5NL game there because there is no max buy in, which allows me to sit super deep and really play some poker. I find it much more enjoyable than the standard 100 big blind cash games that are common in Las Vegas. This is definitely a huge plus to moving to South Alabama. I now can get in my car and drive to a casino to play live poker and it takes me less than 1 hour to get there. Yeah, it's not next door like it was when I was living in Vegas, but it's much better than Texas because now I don't need to hop a plane every time I feel like playing live. I have a good feeling that living in Daphne will work out really well! Another thing I am excited about is the fact that Floridas poker law will be changing on July 1st. The law used to be that you couldn't buy in for more than $100 in a cash game, no matter what the blinds were. Could you imagine playing 5-10NL with a $100 starting stack. What a joke! Starting July 1st, the poker rooms will dictate what their buy in limits will be. Hopefully they allow at least 250 big blind buy ins, but I'll settle for 100 big blind maxes as well. There is a room in Pensacola, which will also be less than a 1 hour drive from my new home. I think the games in Florida will be extra juicy due to the fact that players won't be used to deeper stacked games. I definitely plan on making a trip to Pensacola at least once every two weeks, maybe more, to satisfy my live poker craving!

Special thanks to my wife and I's friend Murph from Las Vegas for dedicating a special blog congratulating us on our wedding. Murph is a very good friend to the both of us, and truly an awesome guy (and a not so shabby poker dealer either!). I don't know if he reads this, but if so, we sure hope one day you get bored in Vegas and decide to come visit us down in Alabama for some beach trips and good food! You can also find Murphs blog about the life of a Las Vegas dealer on my blog listings on this page.

I am really looking forward to getting back to playing more poker soon. Now that the house hunt is over I don't see why I can't start playing again. I think I will spend a few hours watching training videos before diving back into multi-tabling just to help knock the rust off of my game. Hopefully getting back in the groove will lead to more poker content in my blog, as I'm sure most of the people who read this are getting pretty tired of hearing me talk about my wedding, my move, and house hunting. Don't worry, I'll get back to bitchin' about not winning any races soon enough! :-P

Til Next Time....

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