Thinking of going Pro. Looking for feedback from those who made the switch.
Alright, to get started, I've heard "the talk" on how it's not generally a good idea and is a pipe dream etc. etc., so we can fast forward past this point.
Now, on to some background and numbers.
I currently work as a software engineer and am a very bright guy; always excelled in all strategy & board games; gifted when it comes to math and patterns; and have extensive knowledge of psychology and tells
. These skills make me very good at poker.
I am quitting my job in 2 weeks because I am relocating to another part of the country. I'm not quite sure what I am going to be doing for work right off the bat, but I have a decent amount of savings (wouldn't have to work for half a year if I didn't want to), and I know I can get a job in my field with minimal effort if I wanted to.
I've been going to my local casino almost every weekend for the last month as I was trying to put myself to the test, and I have been winning with a consistency which is actually starting to scare me, because it's convincing me that this is something I can actually do.
I've only played in casinos
a handful of times at this point. I spent 5 days in Vegas half a year ago during which I lost $700, but learned an immense amount about the game from playing skilled opponents. After I returned from the trip, I went to my local casino 6 times. I came out ahead every time, and my profitability has been growing at an almost geometric rate as I am contentiously plugging leaks in my game and am generally advancing my skills.
I've attached a plot of the results and you can see them in the attached image - but, I made over $1000 during my last session.
So, those of you who decided to make poker your day job - what advice can you give me? Do the numbers imply that I can actually make a good living playing poker? If you've been doing this for a while, does the life-style become un-enjoyable at some point?
P.S., all of this is playing 1/2 NL cash game.