re: Poker & Is Poker Becoming More or Less Profitable
Definitely players are getting better, because there are more resources than ever to study the game, build upon concepts other players have developed. A few decades ago I don't think there were many poker books
at all, and most of the theory was developed from experience, and especially in a game where being results-oriented can be a problem, this won't work out too well. So players are getting better, but on that same token there are more resources for you to get better. And the best part is that on a whole, people:
1. are lazy
2. think they're good at poker
The majority of people aren't going to work very hard to learn poker, when especially if they can crush their home games, they think they're good. They're also lazy, so they most likely don't keep track of profits (or lack thereof).
The problem is, the players who work hard are the ones who win. Even the laziest losing player doesn't have an infinite amount of money, so eventually will stop playing, either because they're honest with themselves and realize they suck but don't want to work to get better, or because they make excuses about not being able to beat all the donks online. But there are always new fish who think they're good and have money to donate. You just have to be willing to work harder than everyone else. Joining CC is a good first step but continually reviewing your game, reading books, and just talking about the game on the forum here will only get you better. Simply because of the fact that not everyone does this means you have that edge.
So I believe poker players as a whole are getting better, but also the resources available for you to get better are much more widely available. So if you're willing to work, poker is definitely still profitable. Can't comment on how it was 10 years ago, haven't been playing the game that long.