In this episode of Chats with Tats, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger tells CalvinAyre.com’s Tatjana Pasalic about his plan to build a sustainable retreat place away from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.
Poker is not always about the glitz and glamour.
That’s why poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger, also known as LuckyChewy, is building a retreat place away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.
“I definitely wanted to have a sustainable sort of place to live for a while, but I didn’t really know how exactly that would manifest,” Lichtenberger told CalvinAyre.com.
Last year, Lichtenberger went on a road trip with Ryan D’Angelo and Ronit Chamani, and they ended up at the Redwoord Forest and the Living Light Culinary Institute. That’s when Lichtenberger “started to kind of get a vision” of how his plans would come together.
“We’re going to have a sustainable sort of yoga retreat with affordable living, restaurant, yoga, martial arts,” he noted. “[I’m] very much looking forward to having something positive to offer the community.”
Lichtenberger admitted that he was once drawn into the glamorous poker world, but the expensive dinners and expensive travels have already taken a toll on him.
“I was into the glamour and glitz when I first came out to Vegas, but I found that it wasn’t really that fulfilling for me, and overtime, I feel that your connection to nature is really what nourishes you and without clean food and water and a place to sleep, you know, it’s a hard life,” he said.
Aside from his stints at the felt table, Lichtenberger also has a lot on his plate, including organizing poker events in India and possibly, Iceland. He admits that it’s a lot of work, but he’s glad that he now has a place he can go to recover and relax.
“It is [a lot of work]. But it is also a lot of fun. It’s the personal relationships that I’ve made that allowed for it all to happen,” Lichtenberger said.