By achieving these standard requirements, you can be able to play like other pros who even writes their own autobiography. Pros like Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott talks about his autobiographical movie in WGE:MAG.
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If you’re interested in becoming a poker pro, you’re not alone. While there was a time where poker was looked down upon as a profession, in the 21st century, poker has become associated with a glamorous lifestyle, with players jet-setting from country to country and being treated like rock stars everywhere they go. Since clearly playing cards all day is a lot better than working at a nine-to-five desk job, many players are wondering how they too can join the ranks of poker professionals.
The Poker Pro Grind
Your first tip is to get that rock star lifestyle idea out of your head. While a handful of poker players can obtain fame and fortune, the large majority are grinders, toiling away at their laptops in relative obscurity, pushing small edges hour after hour, day after day, to make their nut. Sound dull? That’s because when you are a poker pro, poker is your job. It can be a good job and a lucrative one, to be sure, but to be successful, you’re going to have to work. If it doesn’t feel like work, it’s going to be tough for you to last.
The Poker Pro Honesty
Once you’ve come to grips with the reality of what being a poker pro is like, you have to find out if you have the right stuff. This means record keeping. It’s not good enough to think you’re a consistently winning player. We tend to remember our wins and forget our excuse our losses. If you’re going to play poker for a living, you need to know you’re a long-term winner. That means recording every session, the time, duration and how much you won or lost. You’ll need to do this for months and show a consistent profit before you should consider dumping your day job.
The Poker Pro Bankroll
Once you’re sure you’ve got what it takes, you need a bankroll. This bankroll should be separate from your household expenses. However, since you’re going to be a pro, you’re going to have to pay your expenses out of that roll, so you need to calculate exactly how much you will need to beat the variance of the game and pay all your bills. Your current bankroll should enable you to do this for three months even if you break dead even at the tables. If it doesn’t, you’re not ready yet, or you need to find lower stakes games.
Once you’ve got your skills and your bankroll, you can go to work. Good luck! Remember there is no shame in going down in stakes and no shame in keeping poker as a profitable hobby if you don’t have quite what you need to make it a full time occupation.