If you currently reside in the US, your choices are limited regarding poker games. PokerStars, UB, and Full Tilt Poker no longer accept Americans, so you will need to go with a smaller network if you want to play online. For example, you could try Carbon Poker which is still accepting US players. If you don’t like your online options, you will have to play live poker.

Small sites and live play just won’t do it for a lot of Americans, and therefore they are considering a move. Of course this is not a great choice for players with families or jobs, but it is an opportunity to travel and meet new people for others. This entry will have details about relocating to Australia.

Visitors to Australia are required to obtain an electronic travel authority, also called an ETA. You must apply for this outside of Australia, and is costs AUD20 to do so. You can stay for three months with an ETA.

It would be a better idea to apply for an e676 visa rather than an ETA for visits longer than three months, though. These visas allow visits for three, six, or twelve months. If you intend to visit for longer than 12 months, you can apply to extend your stay for six months while in Australia.

If you decide to go for the relocation, Australia has a lot of different areas to go for. If you would like the freedom of being able to play a bit of live poker, consider living in Melbourne. That way you will be close to Crown Melbourne, the “World of Entertainment.” The Crown Melbourne is host to the Aussie Millions and is the place to go for live poker in Australia.

It will be difficult to stay in Australia for longer than 1.5 years, but it is a nice place to go while waiting for things to settle down in the US. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to visit Australia?

Playing Tournaments on Carbon Poker

Tournament players have a lot of sites to choose from, unless you live in the USA. Carbon Poker is one of the few sites that is still accepting US players, and if you play tournaments, you may want to check it out.

Generally speaking, poker players are hoping to hit a big score, and the quickest way to a jackpot is often via large field tournaments. Tournament players have plenty of events to choose from on Carbon, and they range from those with guarantees to those only for ladies.

Carbon Poker has a tourney schedule that contains tournaments with guarantees at all hours of the day. Buy-ins vary in size so that no players are left out throughout the course of the day. Where daily guarantees are concerned, there are two events that tie for the largest. The buy-ins are $22 and $33, and the guarantee is $7.5k. For the biggest prize pools possible, play the weekend guaranteed events. Saturday is host to a $33 freeze-out with a $12,500 guaranteed prize pool. Win even bigger on Sunday in the $109 freeze-out with $50,000 guaranteed.

If you are a woman, a lot of the ladies events also have guarantees. They are generally very low buy-ins, but even someone that plays higher buy-ins might like the rebuy events.

Advocates of shootouts will also be quite happy. Shootout fans have the chance to play multi-table shootouts and heads-up shootouts.
Every day there are five $200 freerolls that you can play with no strings attached. If you are able to make a deposit, there is also a $500 depositor freeroll to look forward to. And then once you earn some VIP points, you can play the monthly VIP freerolls.

I will finish up here by talking about live event satellites. Earlier this year Carbon had satellites for the Aussie Millions once per month for three months. Three satellites for the 2011 WSOP Main Event have already taken place, and your last chance to win your way into the WSOP takes place this Monday. At a buy-in of $460, one tournament package will be won for every 30 people that enter.

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