I have heard of people who allegedly
make a living playing online poker, via online chat rooms etc. But I have yet to meet one in person, and I got to know allot of people that play online over the 9 year period I've been playing online. When you consider all the obstacles you face online especially in the cash game venue where most of the bots, professional collusion teams, (not just the 2 friends on a phone collusion) the teams of 10 and more members, mathematical poker software programs, opponent statistic programs, bad players with tons of money just having a good time not caring less about winning or losing cracking your AA with trip 2's, etc. etc. etc. are taking place, I think most players like 95% would have a tough time justifying playing online cash games limit or not for a living. You may be a great poker player and your game should dominate most of your opponents, but the playing field remains even for to long of a period of time while playing online with everything available that will help opponents gain a edge hence leaving your talented game not much better then theres. With the volume and different caliber of players playing online in the millions, your odds
of constant success are bleak.
Playing live would be a different story. Most players live are playing in a game within there financial means. The game is slow and players have plenty of time to evaluate their opponents. This is how the game was meant to be played. Without software support lesser opponents usually don't have a chance other then luck. The list goes on and on why live play should be the place when considering a career playing poker.
And if these software programs are not to be feared while playing online, why can't I bring my laptop loaded with a poker bot to a live game. You would find me and my broken laptop outside bleeding on the sidewalk.