re: Poker & At what point can a poker player be considered 'professional'?
Originally Posted by L0RDVAD3R
What do you think makes someone a professional poker player? Is it more to do with a life style, when you can change your life style,when it becomes a fully paid job? Were not talking skill level here, were talking money making ability.
Is turning pro all about when you get to wear a paid sponsor logo on your hoodie?
Do you hit the penthouse of player prowess and boasting just because you can make it rain $100 bills in an expencive strip club, or do you qualify when you can afford to pay the bills and afford to give some homeless guy money (making it rain quarters doesn't really count, and most likely considered to be assualt with connage in some countrys).
Obviously there are other things that some may consider. Playing and winning a ranking tourneyment, or having a manager. The most inventive idea wins absoloutely nothing but my thanks for taking part.
Back in the heyday before Black Friday, I never considered myself a professional until I had six months living expenses set aside and was able to make all monthly expenses without any other income other than poker.
To be a professional, you have to treat poker as your occupation -- but you need to be properly prepared to withstand swings and not affect your life. That is why I said you need six months at least of ALL expenses covered.
I was playing professionally when Black Friday hit, and luckily, I had those six months in expenses saved for emergencies, as "total loss of livelihood" was definitely an emergency.
I didn't consider myself a professional until I was making over $2,000 a month. It was a long hard road, but it WAS so worth it...
Anyway, I'm going to cut my post short as its bringing up bad memories and I am starting my session in about 90 minutes.
Old joke to finish: "How do you get a professional poker player off your doorstep?"
Pay him for the pizza.