Guide to Becoming a Professional Poker Player

Believe it or not, but only about 5-10% of poker players will actually be profitable over the long term, which means there are millions of us that couldn’t stand a chance playing poker professionally. Just because you won a couple tournaments, it doesn’t mean that you could become a professional poker player. There are quite a few things that you need to consider before quitting your day job and becoming a pro poker player. The life might seem glorious from far away, but after grinding poker games day in and out for years you’ll quickly see why most people can’t play professional poker.

Nowadays it’s possible for players to play professionally from their home due to the massive amounts of action online. Being able to “work” from home is an ideal situation for a lot of people, but there are still some negatives that you need to consider as well. If you plan on playing in land based poker rooms then you’re going to possibly need to relocate to an area where there is a lot of action. Most local casinos have a few regulars, but if you take their money a few times they’re going to be hesitant about playing you again. The best situation for players that want to play professionally in land based casinos is to find a casino in a tourist area such as Las Vegas or Niagara Falls.

Most people that try to become pro poker players are young and single. If you already have a family then it can be really difficult putting them in the situation you’d be putting them in. Since in poker you’re never guaranteed a paycheque you don’t want to put your family in the situation where you might not have money for the bills. If you’re young and single then there are plenty of ways to survive, but with a family it’s next to impossible.

If you’re thinking about becoming a professional poker player then I’m going to assume that you have been playing everyday for a long time now. If you don’t play everyday after work or whenever you have time then there is no way that you’re going to be dedicated enough to wake up every morning and hit the poker tables. In order to be a great poker player you need to always be on top of your game and have no time not to think. Playing poker for a living is actually a harder job then most people have out there and only certain people are able to deal with everything.

You need to be really good with money and you need to also be able to handle your own emotions. If you want to play poker at for a long time then you need to manage every cent that you make and you can’t let anything get in the way of that. If you’re having a bad day at the poker tables you need to know when to just get up and walk away. Some players will sit at the same table and lose their entire bankroll because they can’t handle their emotions. You might think this sounds foolish, but you wouldn’t believe how many great players go on tilt while playing poker.