Originally Posted by zachvac
If you can make it, but that's the point. I've worked my whole life at baseball, and although I am playing in college, I'm at a division III school and not really expecting to go much further. No matter how hard you work, you have to be one of a few body builds to make it even to a decent college program. Look at ALL of the small guys, and they all had connections somewhere to get them in the door. Brian Roberts had his dad, and then he got cut from his college team when his dad left. Steroid accusations aside, I don't think anyone argues he's good enough to be there. While baseball's definitely more forgiving than other sports (try making it as a 150 pound football player or a 5'5" basketball player), it's really hard to make it as a pro sports player. Yet despite playing baseball for 13 years and poker for 3, I'm showing a profit at poker. If you work on your game it is definitely possible to make money in poker. It is much harder to make money playing baseball, the only difference is if you do make it, you're a lot better off than most poker players who make money. The other major thing is schedule. If you can profit from online poker, you can basically set your own schedule to play. Name another job where you can do that? But if it were easy, everyone would do it, and that applies to poker and baseball. Anyway, I'm kinda rambling now, so I'll stop.
I totally agree with you... to become a professional athlete, you have to be born with a certain amount of natural ability. Certainly those people still need to work to hone their skills, but the fact remains that the vast majority of people would never be able to make it to the pro/self-sustaining level no matter how much effort they put into it. Similar thing with being a musician.
However, poker is not really dependant on physical prowess, so most average people would at least have a shot at becoming succesful at it (I think that is where the ultra-high popularity comes in). Certainly you need a decent mind for numbers/odds/analytics and such, but there's probably only a relatively small segment of society that does not possess that ability. Of course, I'm talking about mainly online playing here. If you're playing brick & mortar, it's somewhat more dependant on your ability to read people and such. But still, this population of poeple is significantly higher than those that have a ligitmate shot at becoming a pro athlete or musician.
Speaking of reading people, isn't it juck sick how Negranau can read what people are holding? Was watching the WSOP
on ESPN the other day, and I swear, the guy was dead on on almost all of his reads. Even the announcers were amazed, stating that "maybe he should be in charge of finding Bin Laden"!