World Poker Trip

    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      Hey guys,

      I'm Jonathan, 26 yo, owner of the website http://www.worldpokertrip.net one of the most read poker blogs in France.

      13 months ago, I decided to leave my job to go for my life dream : a round the world trip financed with live cash game

      I started in April in Rio de Janeiro and I crossed Latin America from Brazil to Peru, going from one city to another, couchsurfing, and playing poker in the craziest places : hidden clubs in Brazil, shiny casinos in Paraguay or Peru, social clubs in Argentina, underground gambling dens in Bolivia, home games everywhere... Tons of places, tons of different players, tons of emotions...


      casino Atlantic City, Lima


      Illegal table of the sirio-libanese center, Tucuman Argentina


      gambling den, Cusco, Peru


      Illegal table of the club de la Sociedad Espanol, Salta, Argentina

      After winning good money in Brazil, I had enough to gift me something. That's how I offered me Parkinson, my shaking paraguayan motorbike, and together weve been riding for 13000 km yet!!


      Descanso a 5000m in Peru

      Right now I'm in Lima, grinding to get enough money to finance my season 2 which will take place in Centro America, from Bogota to Las Vegas!

      There no date, nor plans, nor itineraries. I'm going where the wind and the encounters take me.

      In Argentina I bought a gopro, and started to make some videos. For example have a look at this one which I did in Bolivia after 2.5 monthes there.



      All the others are on my website, and u'll find all the trip report too there. We're starting the translations these days with some fans from France.



      http://www.worldpokertrip.net


      http://www.facebook.com/worldpokertrip


      http://www.twitter.com/worldpokertrip


      http://www.youtube.com/user/worldpokertrip


      Enjoy!
  • 48 replies
    • carrapa
      carrapa
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      wow! Subscribed :D
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Nice blog, good luck!
    • kikopego93
      kikopego93
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      Amazing! :s_cool:
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      thx guys!

      If u didn't read it yet, I can advice you yo have a look at the galeries first. These are compilations of pictures about one theme. (still in French, but not much text anyway)

      http://www.worldpokertrip.net/toutes-les-salles-de-poker-du-monde/

      All the poker rooms of my trip

      http://www.worldpokertrip.net/les-meilleures-rencontres/

      the most beautiful encounters (and hell yeah, she was beautiful haha)

      http://www.worldpokertrip.net/lesmomentsforts/

      the most intense moments...


      Enjoy!
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      One year on the road !!

      F.. I'm watching this kid terribly scared and excited who took a plane to Rio one year ago and I don't recognize him anymore.

      I was supposed to come back to France after one year, back to my architect life, but it's impossible now. My life changed.

      I'm keeping on travelling, until I get broke, maybe...

    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      FFRRAANNKKIIEE
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      wow, really nice blog, keep us updated :)
    • Rich552
      Rich552
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      Wow! This is inspiring. Will definitely be following.
    • wasy8
      wasy8
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      Dude this is an incredible journey.

      I'm doing some travelling myself to play poker in different rooms around the world, but I'm putting South America on the backburner until I learn some Spanish and Portuguese. When I finally do make it out there though, I'll definitely be contacting you for advice finding some of these games around the continent!
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      great !

      Be aware that in big cities like Lima, nearly 80% of the player speak english, so it shouldn't prevent u from living the dream !!
    • natanoj
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      I'm writing you from Loja, in the South of Ecuador !

      After 7 months in Peru, I finally left the country. Last days have been pretty intense !

      After leaving Lima, I arrived in the North Peru where I f.. lost my matriculation I don't know where. I had to make a false one in Trujillo, the big city of the North, and since then I ve been driving with it.
      I then arrived in Chiclayo where I stayed for 1 week. Pretty funny step coz the manager of the casino where I played everynight went crazy when I told him about my story. He said he wanted to tell it to everyone and that s how I got interviewed by Peru all in, the peruvian 2+2.



      I then headed North, to Piura. It was supposed to be a 2 hours way in the desert, but I was a bit harsh with Parkinson, my bike, and the engine burnt in the middle of nothing. I got pretty lucky coz I stopped near a farmer house who hosted me for the night while the bike was getting repaired...



      I arrived the day after in Sullana, and... Wtf is this city??? Looks like a post war country. Sand streets, big holes everywhere. I stop to ask my way to some guy and first thing he says me is "beware, it's dangerous here". OMG.

      Luckily, i have my couchsurfer, Ana Lucia, aka la Chata (the small one). She guides me around the town, we go to the beach and ... Well... She was pretty hot...

      I went to Piura where one of her friend introduced me to the craziest poker game I ever played.

      Imagine a snooker place, in which u go to the bar, and the guy let u enter the 2nd hidden room. There u play with some scary peruvian, terrible players, some of them drunk. Around 1am, in the tv displaying all the cameras, we see a man outside, a "ratero" ( stealer ), trying to take a bike. The 6 guys all get out at the same time and start to purchase him. One of them takes out a gun and shoots at him, not kidding... Putamadre, fortunately he misses him... They go back and we continue to play poker like nothing happened hahaha, and the shooter starts to tell the others how last month he killed some guy who was trying to steal in his shop.
      Fucking underground poker, that was awesome, scary, and incredibly exciting at the same time..



      Last days were pretty sad. Not only did I have to leave la Chata with whom I had a great time, but I also decided to leave Parkinson. It was causing me too much problems ultimately, and I didn't trust her too much for the mountains of Ecuador.

      So here I am now, in Loja, South of Ecuador. For the 1st time in one year, I m travelling without my bike. I m gonna stay some days here, and then up to the North : Cuenca, Quito, and then Colombia, where I'll stay for a while to buy a new bike...

      See u !
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      Hey,

      If u want to start to read the adventure from the beginning, I have published the translations of the 2 first articles of Brazil, one year ago :

      http://www.worldpokertrip.net/brazil-step-1/
    • natanoj
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      Some news guys !!

      After my last adventure in Piura desert, I decided I didn't want to risk more with my aging motorbike, and I left it in Sullana, last city before the Ecuatorian boarder.
      But I was feeling really bored to travel in bus, so I really wanted to buy a new bike rapidly...

      And here we are !


      It's my new bike , I bought it with the money my editor gave me to write a book (double brag ahhaha)

      So I'm waiting for the matriculation right now and then... To Vegas !!

      Any idea about the name of my brand new chinese girlfriend?
    • natanoj
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      YEAAAAAAH






      And now COLOMBIA !!!
    • natanoj
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      News !

      Last days have been good and bad at the same time... I'm currently in the worse badrun of the whole trip. Or maybe it's just me playing bad? I don't know, i lost so much confidence that I don't even know if I'm a good player anymore.
      After Bolivia, Ecuador was my 2nd negative country. I played a bit there, mostly live NL100/200 underground tables (as poker is forbidden there) and well, that was bad...



      At the same time, I'm having quiet a good time away from tables. As u know I bought my bike with the money they gave me to write a book and went straight to Colombia.




      First step in Cali, world capital of salsa. Danced a bit, watched some World Cup games. This country is really crazy about football, and everytime they play a match, they all wear the national shirt, take out the flags, and at every victory, they all go outside and it's like national party ! Really passionate people



      Whats funny is that the day after the first victory, Santos, Colombian president was reelected, and nobody was giving a shit. They were all just resting from last day's party. Funny.

      I then went to Pereira to play a tournament for the Colombia Poker Tour. Total failure... I was eliminated at day 1, and actually was surprised to find a quiet tough table.

      I went the same day on a NL500 cash game. I'm not supposed to play this high, as I'm rolled for NL200, but the table was so fishy I decided to sit. That was a total disaster. Got 2 setups bottom 2 vs middle 2 and bottom full vs top full and lost 250 bb...

      Really bad day...

      And well, now I just arrived in Medellin. I'm planning to stay one month here to rest a bit, write, get back to my A game, play NL200 live here and well, they say that the girls here are the most beautiful in whole Colombia, let's have a look at this...

      Are there any 2+2 guys playing here in Medellin? Would be glad to share some beer together ! See ya!

      pd : And my adventure is getting really famous in France. Got a cover+ 4 page interview in one of the main poker French magazine !

    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      Hey guys !

      If any of u speak spanish, here is the cover + interview in Revista Poker Face, one of the most important poker magasine in south america !



      I published the pdf in my blog

      http://www.worldpokertrip.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WorldPokerTrip-2.pdf
    • gadget51
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      This blog is superb, definitely a follower!

      But please, stay away from those scary bits, that poker game in the snooker room was really worrying! :f_eek: :f_eek: :f_eek:

      Very best regards on your journey but stay safe please,

      Mal.
    • scottc18
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      Wow, what an adventure! Will follow this :)

      Good Luck!

      And as gadget said Stay Safe!
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      Originally posted by gadget51
      This blog is superb, definitely a follower!

      But please, stay away from those scary bits, that poker game in the snooker room was really worrying! :f_eek: :f_eek: :f_eek:

      Very best regards on your journey but stay safe please,

      Mal.
      Hehe, could u read it in French?

      Well, that was the most dangerous place where I ve been in the whole trip, I hope not to land in a another one like this in the future :)
    • natanoj
      natanoj
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      Every poker player will say u the same. In poker world, there are 2 ways to reach the top of the mountain, winning an international tournament, or get a sponsor.

      Today, I'm really proud to announce that I got half way : I got the sponsor !

      U all know Everest Poker, an important and historical actor of the poker industry. During the next 10 months, until my arrival in Las Vegas, World Poker Trip and Everest will be partners, which will be the occasion to give you new videos and written articles (french) and other things I will tell u in a (french) article in my blog next week.

      In exchange, Everest will support my adventure, which is the insurance that even if bad runs keep coming, I'll end my trip no matter what !

      If u wanna know more, follow me on http://www.facebook.com/worldpokertrip from now on, I'll make translations of my news in english over there




      And as I'm ending this news, it's time to go ! After 2 months in Medellin Colombian, I'm taking my bike today and going East, to Bucaramanga... See u !