Poker Pilgrim Resources
We created this resource page to share products and services that we are using in our journey and/or that we believe are valuable. We will update this page regularly as we learn more about the resources that will help us on our pilgrimage.
Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. However, we highly recommend all of the products and services on this page . We will not share anything on this page that we have not either personally used and loved or verified through extensive research. For more information, see our Disclosure page.
Your Poker Game
Advanced Poker Training: Here we offer a disclosure upon a disclosure. We both serve as Advanced Poker Training Ambassadors. This is one of our many Side Hustles, and frankly the one we find the most rewarding. Advanced Poker Training (APT) is a different kind of Poker Training website. Advanced Poker Training’s web-based software matches you up against more than 100 computerized opponents, with 10 levels of play. These opponents exploit your weaknesses and learn how to beat you over time, just like potentially expensive human opponents. Their Beat the Pro Challenges pit you head-to-head against pros like Scotty Nguyen, Jonathan Little, and Mike Caro, playing exactly the same 20 hands in a variety of categories and situations. After you play the 20 hands, you can watch a replay of the pro playing the same hands, explaining his or her logic the entire way. APT offers a variety of other training resources as well. We think that Advanced Poker Training is one of the best training resources around for No Limit Hold Em. You can get a taste of APT by signing up for a free membership.
PokerGo: Pokergo has really upped its game in the past few months. We first checked it out a year ago when it carried the WSOP for the first time. It had a number of issues, and we kind of went away from it for a while. However, we checked back in a month ago and we’re hooked. PokerGo boasts 100 days of live tournaments a year. They also have a beautiful new studio where they feature final tables of a number of WSOP, WPT, and other events. They’ve even brought back the much beloved Poker After Dark. If you love poker and you haven’t given it a try, we recommend you use a free trial to check it out. And if you tried it last year and were underwhelmed, it’s worth another go. If you use our link, you can get $20 off an annual subscription.
Blue Shark Optics: If you are a sunglass-wearing poker player, Blue Shark Optics offers some of the best out there. As an added bonus, Blue Shark has glasses that are fabulous at blocking blue light, protecting your eyes from the negative effects of spending too many hours looking at a screen (not that we would ever do that…). I don’t have a pair of Blue Shark glasses yet myself, but I promise that they are on my Christmas list!
Digit: Digit makes it easy to save money while you are doing other things. Digit is a great little savings service which calculates the right amount of money to set aside every day based on your income and spending and automatically saves it for you. There are no minimums and they even pay 1% interest! Digit is free for the first 100 days and then costs only $2.99 a month. If you have difficulty setting aside money each month, digit will make sure you do.
CityPASS: CityPASS is a great way to save money when you are visiting a new city and really want to get the most out of your trip at a great price. We have recently used CityPass on trips to Chicago and Toronto and been thrilled with the incredible value and perks that come along with the passes. Not only do you get huge discounts on museums, attractions, and other activities, but CityPASS often allows you to “skip the line” and get priority entry to the activities that you have purchased. We highly recommend checking out CityPASS options whenever you visit a new city.
VRBO: VRBO is a great home and apartment rental resource. We have rented through VRBO multiple times for vacations with our children and have always been quite happy with the homes that we have stayed in. Home rental is generally less expensive than a hotel, especially when travelling with 6 family members.
Airbnb: From the small to the large and the funky to the traditional, Airbnb offers a wide variety of accommodations for every type of traveler. We have only used Airbnb twice to date, but have had good experiences with them and are planning to more fully investigate their pricing and options as we consider longer stays in certain locations.
User Testing: We have been making extra money with User Testing for close to a year now. This is a great side hustle in which you test or review websites for various companies. User Testing records your voice and captures your screen in order to help companies learn how consumers experience their site. Most tests pay $10 and take 10 minutes or less. Thus the hourly rate is much higher than what you might make on many other websites. The only downside is that man companies are seeking specialized populations. I have found that I rarely qualify for more than one or two reviews a day. Nonetheless, User Testing can be a great way to make some extra money each month.
Start Your Own Blog
SiteGround: We are now hosted on SiteGround. While we have only recently transferred hosting, SiteGround gave us wonderful customer service through the transfer process. For a reasonable price, Siteground offers more bandwidth, more storage, and excellent customer service. We can highly recommend SiteGround if you are looking to start your own blog. SiteGround now even has a custom migration plugin which allows you to migrate any WordPress site to SiteGround in just a couple of clicks. A real boon for any technophobe bloggers!
MailerLite: We are currently building our email list (sign up in the sidebar!) using MailerLite. We have been very impressed by MailerLite’s ease of use, options, flexibility, and segmentation abilities. And best of all, it’s free when your list is small. We look forward to building our list to the point we need to start paying for the service.
Billionaire Blog Club: We recently joined the Billionaire Blog Club to start building our SEO plan and figure out the deal with Pinterest. Pinterest is really just a big search engine and should be the major referrer to your blog. So we’re working through Paul Scrivens fabulous program to start pushing those levers hard. I have seen so many happy members that I’m crossing my fingers that this program will really help us launch!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of the Making Sense of Cents blog teaches an incredible online course about how to get started with affiliate marketing on your blog called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. We took this course as we planned Poker Pilgrims. The course was thorough and detailed, complete with worksheets and step-by-step procedures explaining how to market, what to market, and where to market. The course also covers bringing more traffic to your blog and the magic of Pinterest. As I write, we are very early in the life of Poker Pilgrims, so I have no outcomes to report. However, we are following Michelle’s advice and hope to earn some affiliate income to contribute to our trip budget. While Michelle’s course is not cheap, I am hoping that in the end, it will have been worth it (and I will definitely let you know!)
Blogs We Love
Cardplayer Lifestyle: Site founder Robbie Strazynski, along with a wonderful group of contributing poker writers, regularly posts interviews with top poker personalities, top-notch poker strategy articles, poker op-eds, and engaging poker lifestyle pieces. Be sure to check it out!
Side Hustle Nation: Nick Loper’s blog and podcast have taught us much about side hustling and provided inspiration and motivation in our journey toward Financial Independence.
Budget Are Sexy: A great personal finance blog from JMoney. Covers all sorts of personal finance issues from saving to budgeting to paying off debt. My go to finance site.
Hard Boiled Poker: Hard not to enjoy the musings of a long-time travelling poker player and his trips away from the farm.
Nomadic Matt: Simply the King of Travel Hackers. His frequently updated blog has all kinds of excellent advice with more than a dash of adventure.
The Bloggess: Because who doesn’t love the Bloggess? She is the only blogger that can make me laugh out loud on a regular basis.
RoarLoud: A great travel blog with wonderful coverage of one of my favorite places, The Azores.