Many poker players ranging in all ages from 19+ would love to become a professional poker player, but many of these people don’t weigh out the factors involved. It’s not as easy as they make it seem on the television and becoming a professional poker player as your career is a lot more difficult then you probably have imagined. For some poker players it has worked and they’ve been able to see success in playing poker full-time, but this isn’t true for everybody who has tried becoming a pro. Let’s weigh out some of the factors that you’ll need to consider before trying to become a pro.
* Not too many poker players are profitable and it’s estimated that only 10% of poker players win in the long-run which isn’t very high at all. You need to make sure you realize this before deciding that a poker career is in your future.
* Playing poker once or twice a week for entertainment is one thing, but when you need to play basically every day in order to pay your bills it will become more like work then fun. If you decide to play poker as your career then you’ll need to make enough money for bills, spending money and savings which is hard to do consistently.
* One bad beat in a no-limit cash game could cost you a large amount of your bankroll if you’re not careful and therefore cost you your bill money possibly which would be terrible. You need to play poker every day knowing that one bad hand could cost you your rent money and this might be too much stress for some people.
* If you have a family then you need to also provide for them and with your income coming from gambling you can’t guarantee that you can provide for them all the time. It would be terrible to lose your entire bankroll in a bad month and having no money left for you and your family.
* If you’re single and young then you might want to try poker as a career to see if it works. You need to save up for your bankroll initially through working, but then you can take that money and see if you can’t win money through playing poker. Make sure you get an education before trying this though as you need something to fall back on.
* If you’ve been playing poker for a year or more for entertainment and feel you’re becoming a good poker player then you should track your results. If you’re showing positive results for months on end then you could try playing poker more seriously to see if you can’t make a career out of it.
Becoming a professional poker isn’t something you can really learn to do, you just need some skill and some luck. You’ll need to save an initial bankroll and then you’ll be able to give it a shot. If it doesn’t go your way then hopefully you’re still young and have an education so that you can begin finding a career other than a poker player. Remember it would probably be the dream job for most of you, but only 10% of poker players win money consistently, so don’t become angry if you’re not one of them.