Playing Poker for a Living

Most people have no idea what it takes to play poker for a living.

Before deciding to choose this path, let me warn you of the disadvantages first. Poker has many benefits, but it also has many negative consequences that come with playing long hours.

This guide will allow you to make the right decision by learning from someone who actually plays for a living.

Poker for a Living

The first thing you need to play any game for a living is patience. Playing every day, all day, can get extremely tiring.

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can literally drive you insane. In addition, your fortunes online are prone to wild swings. You will occasionally sit down at a table and not get any cards for hours.

Be prepared to take the worst beats of your life along with huge runs that will make your bankroll soar.

Playing for a living requires extreme mental discipline and a steady game plan. It's a good idea to record how many hours you play each day and what your total profit for the day is.

Do this for a month or two before you make the switch to becoming a full-time player. This will allow you to analyze your play and find out how much you make on average.

Drawbacks of Playing Poker for a Living

1. No set income: Some months you'll actually experience a loss in total earnings. You must be able to cope with this and still have the confidence you need to win. You'll encounter some horrible runs along the way so be prepared.

2. Exhaustion: You'll constantly be tired if you're playing all day. If you're playing really high limits, you may not have to play all day to make a living. The fact is that most of us will need to grind it out all day to pay rent and bills and buy food.

3. Reduced family time: Since you must make your money playing poker, you'll tend to spend less time with your family. When a good poker player encounters a bad run, he or she will grind it out until they prevail.

This may call for some extremely long hours of play. Be prepared to play poker at any time. On losing months you'll need to spend even more time on the computer or at the casino.

Advantages of Playing Poker for a Living

There are many advantages that help balance out playing poker for a living. I love that you get to choose your own hours to work on any day you wish.

You can take off as many days as you want and never be hassled to wake up at 8 a.m. - or, god forbid, earlier. You'll also be playing one of the most intriguing games in the world for money. Who could ask for more? It's a great lifestyle if you're a winning player.

The fact is, most people can't handle the swings that are unavoidable in full-time play. Every time you sit at the table you must change your personality and play with ice water in your veins.

When you take a bad beat, you can't let it affect you. You must deal with the swings on a regular basis. You must also be a dedicated soul who will play even when the cards aren't going your way. You must be a very disciplined and winning poker player to play for a living.

I hope this article hasn't discouraged you if you have dreams of playing professionally. If you believe you can do it, you'll buy every book and read everything you can get your hands on to become a winning player.

See you at the tables.

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T dawg 2014-01-22 13:21:07

Just a quick note to THE REAL PRO who called everyone losers etc. Wow!! U are a true ambassador of poker. NOT!! Instead of all the name calling and obscenities why don't u help a fellow poker lover out by giving some helpful tips. In my opinion unless ur name is Phil Ivey or one of the true poker legends out there I would shut the fuck up. You're an asshole.

Ice 2013-11-01 13:31:27

I am playing a satelitte tournament on PokerStars, when I get pocket 10s. I go all in and my opponent calls with Q2 off. He gets full flush since 4 clubs come on table. He wins and I miss to qualify to the satelitte (11plrs). This is one of many SICK bad beats on PokerStars

Jay 2013-08-12 20:42:10

I wonder why online poker sites dont have companies pay ads to make morr money and have no rake back fees. Everyone would want to play their and the prices for ads on the site would go up making them even more money. Sounds like a great idea to me

jay 2013-03-06 00:44:16

the opinionated bias from some commentators (and even the original article) here is absolutely ludicrous and idiotic ... live poker or online poker can be profitable or unprofitable depending on the person ... for example some people will lose more online by multi-tabling because they can't focus and will be blindsided by how many bad beats occur due to the ample amount of hands that u are playing .. while some people will lose more live because they are impatient due to the limited amount of hands they are playing ... there is NO set way to being profitable or making a living when playing cards ... to each his own ... some will make a living playing 7 card stud .. while others omaha .. the only sure factor a person will face when playing cards for a living is the ups and downs .... they are inevitable unlike a real job where u are guaranteed income as long as u show up and perform for work ... anyway good luck to all !

vegasdanes 2012-08-05 18:28:41

Online poker is WAY more profitable than live poker. If you're good. Most of the players that buy into the high stakes large casino tournaments with their own money, are doing so with online winnings. Without online poker, there would be an astounding fewer amount of live players.

howcopy 2012-06-13 12:15:16

i have been olaying for a living since 1996. It is the most difficult and demanding job I have ever had. However, if you have a good grasp on yourself and you are olaying to live your life and not to define it than there is nothing like it. It has allowed me to spend time with my family and friends. I have had the chance to travel the world and set my own boundries and limits. If this is a carrear choice you are really considering I would emplore you to reconsider. I have watched many, many solid players lose their mind and their bank roll because they can't handle the lifestyle that is required. I spend 50 or more hours a week in casino surrounded by losers. These losers are how I make my money but even after all these years their attitudes can still just suck my soul out on a daily basis. As for online play... All I will say is, play at your own risk. I have lost a small fortune online and am currently involved in a law suit over a cheating scandle. I will never play online again. That said I do know several people who make a good living there.
If you decide to give it a go and make a run at it I hope you find my table. It is people who are trying to go pro that paid off my house. Good luck.

yourMAMA 2012-01-30 14:33:29

I am gonna invest some money in poker and become rich. u watch bitches!!!

Bjf 2011-09-08 02:52:04

The dude who calls himself TheRealPro and knows only one word....degenerate.....is a freaking moron.

Tomalmighty 2011-07-13 23:34:34

If your gunna play for a living make sure u play no limit.. but have self control on ur bankroll an limits willing to chance.. set a limit to ur buyin. when i got laid off during the bad economy i only had $250 in my name.. soo i took a chance an played poker for a living.. i decided to play 1-3 no limit.. an i played for a little over a month an made just under $9,000.. i went to casino everyday.. some days i was there for an hour an others 10+ hours.. i set a guide line to my play.. if i reached a certain amount i would stop for the day.. if i lost my buyin id quit for the day an come back the next.. being in a casino u start to play the same crowd alot... soo if u learn quickly an pay attention u will learn the opponents style an eventually know them like its u playing... but if u come across tht player tht just has ur number stay away till u find a tell... then take them to the house... poker is more skill then luck.. the cards u are dealt if luck but how u play them is skill.. any two can win.. but as long as u have patience, calmness an the ability to reset after tough beats.. u should come out ahead in the end... soo just keep limits is number one.. control control control... good luck..ex

hew 2011-05-31 16:55:39

to online pro posted last, you must be horrible LOL, ive made more money in 3 years of online play than in my last 5 years working a 'real'' job.
but hey i guess you're the guy they created play chips for :D
toodles.....

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