Considering making a living from Poker
There is a lot from skimming poker threads on this topic of experienced players telling aspiring Poker Professionals don't try and become a professional, its too difficult, pursue it alongside a part-time job / education. Or quit dreams like this entirely.
I totally agree with not putting all your eggs in one basket financially but, I solidly believe that to have any chance of making it in Poker you must completely and utterly immerse yourself in it - live, sleep, breath it. Play, read books, review hands, watch tutorials, discuss with other players for umpteen hours a week. 60 hour weeks.
I am in my early twenties I graduated from university, studying linguistics. I am at a crossroads in my life where I am looking for a new career. I have a strong interest with accumulating a large amount of money over the space of several years in order to be decently wealthy ( a few hundred thousand) and capable of buying property etc.
I have not fully researched career options but, with most careers and working for an employer involves many many years of hard work. Which to enjoy the lifestyle I would like you will have to wait until you are old. I'm not being ageist but, I want to start enjoying that lifestyle now while I am a young man.
I have a belief about Poker. With 'x' level of commitment and 'x' level of hard work and 'x' level of hours experience and 'x' level of understanding and knowledge any reasonably intelligent individual can is capable of making a good living from poker. Always wondered about the well stated fact that 1/1000 make a living from poker. Did they factor in the thousands of 'problem gamblers' that play. The thousands of recreational players. The thousands who play for years without regularly or doing activities at all like reading poker books
, posting their hands and use software / player notes. And probably most importantly of all the thousands who get told that making a profession from poker is a unrealistic pipe dream ( this factor in particular makes it virtually impossible to acquire the skill-sets required to be a success. As these skill-sets can ONLY be achieved by thousands of hours worth of practice(grinding and grinding. learning and learning and learning some more)
Isn't the basic premise of making money that you beat players less skilful than you are so, what is to stop you using poker software to only target players that you categorically know have a lesser skill level or a drastically lesser skill level - I'm a firm believer that acquiring the necessary skill-sets at any of the limits is achievable. I also believe that the edge at the higher skill levels depends a lot on how hard somebody is working i.e. how many hours they are putting in compared to another. Somebody putting 60 hours a week at a given limit/variation of poker will have a greater advantage over somebody even possibly with (better game understanding) who down to playing twice a week for 3 hours.
I also at least recognise the facets and fundamentals that success in this game is built on. i.e. BRM, table-selection, player-selection etc etc
In summary, I have a view that mastering poker is a realistic objective - and is not the 1-1000 players make it (1 in 1000 make it because most people are lazy and ill-disciplined and an extremely low percentile actually play it full-time anyway.) On a surface level, I think there are enough legitimate ways to gain a 'poker-edge' such as : hours of practice over another person
, table selection targeting weaker skill-levels
, Poker software
, poker psychology
I totally respect the rationale of you guys telling starry eyed people not to pursue it as it has the potential to have adverse consequences on people's lives. I totally respect that!
I am 100% committed and willing to put the hours and hard-work in required to succeed. . Based on my post do you think it is worth taking the plunge and going for it full-bloodedly
Would a good contingency plan be see what happens after 3 months and re-evaluate if it does not work out or show any real potential?
I'd like to hear from people who have actually been successful and know what it takes. This is important these are the only people who are qualified to say
My intention is to focus on cash due to the fluctuations of tournament play.
[Poker background: played for 2 years recreationally, understand all the ABCs of poker. Mostly play tournaments MTT and SNG at low stakes under 20$. At a recreational level I have reached many final tables from fields between 300/800 I am fully aware this does not prove anything about my skill just mentioning to give you a rough picture of my poker experience]