Hello all, my name is Arjanveer Singh chadha and I’m writing my first poker blog about benefits of travelling outside India for poker.
Everyone who plays poker dreams about travelling for poker to various places. There is a huge stigma among us that travelling outside India for poker is very costly and not worth it. That is total crap. Even I use to think that who will go through all the fuss and land up in Goa itself whenever I felt like going for live events.
I am currently in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for my first international poker event TIPS. Even though I haven’t done well in the events so far I am glad to be here and play with such a different crowd. You get to play against all different types of people and everyone is very friendly. You can easily talk to them about their living style, hobbies etc once you get over the language barrier. Even the dealers joke around with you
The main benefit is that everything is so organized that you don’t have to ask anything. All the events are listed online with the tournament structures and everything. Players always stand in an organized manner whenever they are registering for an event. The staff is well maintained and organized and the dealers are rotated timely.
Secondly, there are far more events to play in a short span which helps in reducing the variance. In Goa there is only one event a day and if you bust your day is done. Also, the guarantees in these events are much higher than in Goa.
Next comes the financial aspect. Granted that you would pay double for your air tickets but it is totally negated by the fact that there is no tax levied unless you are travelling to USA (some countries have 10% also). Stay and other expenses are pretty much the same here. Another huge benefit is that you get the prize money as soon as you bust out of the tournament. You don’t have to wait for 2-3 months for online transfers to come in .
Lastly, I would like to state that travelling outside India for poker is a really good experience and an eye opener for everyone. That’s it from me. Hope I changed someone’s mind at least .
P.S. – There is no dress code for the poker room .You can sit with shorts and slippers. No one cares .