This article is for recreational poker players who want to become full-time professionals.
Poker may seem like a cool job with a glamorous lifestyle, but is it really? Read on to find out if you’re ready to turn pro.
Benefits of playing poker for a living
First let’s start with why anyone would want to be a professional poker player. If this is clear to you Lets skip to the next section!
Choose your own working hours – if you don’t want to work today, don’t!
you are your own boss no one ordered you
You get all the freedom you want – you can wake up whenever you want.
You can make more money than people your age with less effort.
There are not many jobs in the world that are as fun as poker.
You can make a lot of money in a short period of time. Everyone likes quick money!
If you’ve moved to another place, such as the UK Poker is completely legal. And you don’t have to pay any taxes on your winnings.
You are lazy and unorganized. But still make money! This is something you can’t avoid in the real world.
You can fulfill your dreams. In life you should do what you enjoy the most. Most people grow up wanting to be actors, tennis players, singers, etc. Professional poker is another path to those glamorous careers.
How much do you enjoy poker?
OK, let’s get started!
If you are reading this You’ve probably played ‘a lot’ of poker and quite enjoyed it. But do you really want to play poker 5-6 times a week for the rest of your life? It might seem like poker is the only thing you want to do right now. But in the next few years You might think otherwise!
Take into account the variance involved. It’s possible that you’re outperforming your expectations. In poker, downswing is inevitable and you need to be able to deal with it. Downswing is very difficult and brutal. get ready because no matter how good you are
You have to dive into poker and know almost everything related to poker. You have to be active to play poker every day if you want to become a professional poker player.
What skills are required to become a professional poker player?
Another factor to consider is how good you are at poker. Did you really cut it off? most people don’t Here are some of the qualities you need to be a successful professional poker player:
Have good discipline and self-control.
You have to be smart enough. You don’t have to be a genius. But if you get the bottom of mathematics always Rethink your career.
Have a reasonable mathematical background – you need a general understanding of odds and variance.
You must be competitive. But at the same time it can throw away your ego.
good analytical skills
read people’s minds well
have a knack for gaming and gambling This is similar in business where people talk about having Good ‘business acumen’ – this word sounds like a bull***, but it actually matters a lot!
In general, you should be positive.
able to bear pressure
Can get myself in bad times
The Realities of Life as a Professional Poker Player
When you become a professional You must keep evolving. Most professional poker players continue to improve after they become pros. You have to put in hours continuously and continue to study the game.
in general Poker and social life don’t go together. But if you can find a balance between poker and life, that’s a bonus. You have to ask yourself how your family, friends, and the community you live in will view you. Ignore this last piece of advice if you don’t care what people think of you!
Forget what you saw on TV. The life of the average professional poker player is not like the poker players you see on the World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker. Get ready for the long grind.
Imagine careers like actors and soccer players (soccer) at the very top have big prizes and most of them pay too much. But for most people, it’s a grind!
In addition to the variance There are other factors. that you can’t control in poker Do you think poker will be legal in your country forever? Take a look at the US and Black Friday previews and finally, will your local or online poker games still be as good as ever?
How much money can you make from poker?
Having consistent results for a long time is better than winning one major tournament. If you’ve made more money from poker than you did in the last 12 months. You might be ready to turn pro.
But to be a pro You should be able to make more money from poker than your normal job. If you make as much as with current job You should continue to work.