Poker Player Interview & Poker Refugees Testimonial: Mathieu K

Mathieu moves to Jacó, Costa Rica for Online Poker with Poker Refugees

Poker Name/types of games you play: 
Frenchy_pwns, play mostly mtt and sng up to $300.

Poker Refugees: What were the factors that attracted you to come to Costa Rica for online poker?  How far in advance of your relocation date did you consider making this move? 
Mathieu: Why Costa Rica: I'd done volunteer work in the country and backpacked through Central America; Costa Rica seemed the most reliable place regarding solid internet and quality of life.  Living on the beach is also pretty sweet.  

I had wanted to move abroad to play for several years and the timing was finally right so I decided to give it a try.


PR: At what point during the relocation did you choose to hire Poker Refugees and why
M: I actually was already in the process of moving to Costa Rica when I contacted Poker Refugees... I was hoping that I could do all of the necessary steps to re-activate my row accounts but I was so wrong.  Opening a bank account is basically impossible without help and the connections that Poker Refugees has.  

The entire process of getting set up literally took less than a week and was very easy, everyone that I interacted with was incredibly nice and helpful.

Everyone loves Poker Refugees!

PR: How did you find the experience with Poker Refugees regarding getting set up in your new home, with a bank account, e-wallets and back on Pokerstars compared to trying things on your own? Do you feel like getting assistance with a poker relocation is a worthwhile investment and saved you time and hassles?  
M: Definitely (same as above). Really worth it. I know because I tried with and without them. 

PR: What is a typical day in the life like for you in Jacó? 
M: My typical day (if I didn't stay out until 4am the night before) is walking a block to the bakery for some coffee and pastries, grinding a few hours, then hanging out on the beach or going out for dinner/drinks.

Don't mind if we do...

PR: Not bad! Sounds like a pretty nice routine that anyone could get used to. What are the best parts about living in Costa Rica that you have found? 
A: Living in Costa Rica is easy since people here are all really friendly and for some reason genuinely care about other people having a good time.  The cost of living is also cheaper than the States and it's never cold.

PR: That's true - Costa Rica is known for having the best climate zones in the world! Are you glad you relocated for online poker overall?  How has it been a positive life experience compared to staying in the US? 
M: I'm very happy that I relocated to play poker, there is way more money to be made on the big poker sites and living abroad is great.

PR: What advice would you give to a poker player who’s thinking of moving out of the US? 
M: If you're thinking of moving out of the US for poker, use Poker Refugees because trying to do it yourself is incredibly hard and if definitely won't save you money.

PR: Do you have any other feedback or anything to add about your experience having relocated thus far? Anything you want readers to know or any shout outs? 
M: I want to thank everyone at Poker Refugees for helping me with my move and making the entire process so easy.

Thank you Mathieu for giving Poker Refugees a try and for sharing details about your experience moving to Costa Rica for online poker

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