re: Poker & Does every poker player think he/she can play pro??
Drizzt you make some good points in your post but you'll find a lot of the novices your speaking of in the lower limit tourneys. One of the plans of playing sit-n-go tourneys is to play many of the same players at a particular level. When I was playing many many sit-n-go's at pacific at the $10+ level many of the players I recognized, I kept notes on the ones which played almost identical every tournament (which is a huge help), at these levels you don't see many idiot players although there are a few exceptions (at any level).
Many of the players in these sit-n-go's don't necessarily play for a living but they may win or take second place once in a while which keeps them playing at that level when in fact they should be settling back into lower buy-in tourney's. You have to do a bit of research on the tables your planning on playing, take notes, try and play the regulars so you know how they play, watch for the ones who seem to always go out 3rd or 4th and occasionally hit the money, these are good players to go against because they are convinced sooner or later they will take 1st place (sometimes they will). Also watch for the players who seem to take 1st or 2nd most games, they are the ones you don't really want to battle with, no point while there are easier players, not idiots, just easier players.
oluaris if you want to go pro it's not really a straight forward decision, i've been wanting to play pro for many years but different things get in the way, family, work,timing, i've played pro for a while but it's a misleading thing saying that, i've made a living playing poker for a while sounds better as pro gives a wrong impression I think, it leads people to believe that you think your better than everyone else or you win major tourneys when that simply isn't the case. You just have to have a go at winning some tourney's or sit-n-go's starting at lower limit buy-ins and work your way up, if you win consistently at say $2 buy-ins then try $5 buy-ins and lose most of the time then drop back to $2 buy-ins until you get better and build your bankroll.
One thing, don't sell yourself short, a lot of good players don't think they are good enough, i've seen people playing freerolls
who shouldn't be, they should be playing real money
tourneys but for one reason or another they don't. The bankroll is important too, you will get losing streaks so a safe bankroll is about 50 times your buy-in (some say 100 or more). That means that if your starting to play $1 tourneys/sitngos about $50 should be enough, $10 buy-ins you should have at least $500, let's face it if your going to lose 50 tourneys in a row then you definitely aren't ready.
Just my thoughts