This is a discussion on So, you want to be a poker pro huh? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; (I'm currently in the process of writing a poker-book/guide, and the following is an excerpt from my introduction. Enjoy!)
To be, or not to be
(I'm currently in the process of writing a poker-book/guide, and the following is an excerpt from my introduction. Enjoy!)
To be, or not to be (a poker-player)?
Before we get into observations and strategies, I think it's important to highlight some of the realism's regarding long-term poker playing. Most players, specifically newer ones, tend to glorify the poker experience (I know I did.) Often these new players, when considering the game of poker, will conjure-up a mental picture of a well-dressed man, sitting behind a mountain of chips, staring intently into the eyes of his opponent. Yet, most of the time, this couldn't be further from the truth. Instead, you'll be sitting in an old chair, for long periods of time, watching and waiting patiently for the right moment. Furthermore, regardless of how talented and skilled you become, there is no guarantee that at the end of the day you'll be winning; and, very few things sap your soul like grinding out an eighteen hour poker session, only to lose substantial winnings in the last hour to a bad-beat. Hence, life-long moments of glory are usually seldom in comparison to the unpleasant realities, but I suppose that could be said about any type of employment. Just don't be mistaken, playing poker requires hard-work, effort, patience, and emotional-control. After all, we're not James Bond, and this isn't Casino Royale.
So, why do I bring this all up? Just to be a “Debbie-Downer?” Absolutely not. I mention this for one reason in particular: if you don't love the journey of playing poker, the good and the bad, it's doubtful you'll maintain the necessary fortitude it requires to be a professional poker player. Consequently, those who are motivated solely by the thought of easy money, or being their own boss, will most likely fall by the wayside, moved aside by those who have real passion for poker. Passion is one of the most powerful motivating tools we have as human-beings, perhaps only second to fear, and without it your poker-journey might not bear fruit.
At least writing poker books is more lucrative than being a poker loser all you need will be finding an Editor a Publisher and a lot of players that will buy it.
I don't think that Books are old fashioned (I love reading books and smelling the old papers as well as the fresh printed ones) but nowadays Readers are not that much due to the new Internet tendancies.
That's to say may be it's better starting a Blog and Coaching some players online.
The lifestyle you have as a poker pro is up to each individual. Like me I dont want to be a famous poker pro. I want to be the unknown Semi poker pro, just grinding. I have another business that more than covers expenses and pretty much takes little time for me. (maybe on average 1 hr a day)
Also if you have played poker for any length of time you know that Narrative of glamor really is a dime a dozen. Yes Helmouth, Kid Poker, ect live that life but I dont want that life. I want the life I can walk into the card room and nobody really knows me or my abilities.
I like to genuine gamble with MTT that have a big guarantee. Cash games are a grind. That being said being a poker pro is a type of hell with many obstacles especially a revenue based, high frequency, opportunity costing ,percentage based rake.
How is that not realistic??? Have you seen EPT Barcelona? A noname went back to poland with 800.000 US$, that's rich for me, and he won a TICKET!!!
I won 3 tickets in the last year for 1 Million $ Tourneys, had badluck with nutsflush into 44 FH and stuff, but I didn't make mistakes. Just a littbe bit more luck in the special moments and it's done!!!
I will make it REAL