Poker Income

Do you look at poker as a source of income?

  • Only Source of Income

    Votes: 2 5.0%
  • Primary Source of Income

    Votes: 2 5.0%
  • Secondary Source of Income

    Votes: 21 52.5%
  • Just play, dont keep track of what I make

    Votes: 15 37.5%

  • Total voters
    40
  • Poll closed .
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corry81

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Okay so this is my first post on this site so before I get started I want to mention that I am new to this site. I also do not have much experience with posting on any forums; so if I am doing anything out of the norm I apolagize ahead of time (just let me know if so).

Okay so the reason I wanted to post this thread was to get an idea of the amount of income that everyone makes playing poker and how serious everyone is about it. I just started a new website (sort of like my personal blog). That is why I would like to get an idea of the average for the questions I am about to ask. Then I will use the data I collect across different forums to write an article about it for my site. I also just want to know for my own personal reasons as well.

Okay enough with that...lets get down to it.

--Do you play poker as a source of income?
--Do you keep track of your income for poker?
--Do you look at poker as a job?
--Do you play poker as your only source of income?
--How many hours do you play per week?
--How do you track stats?
--Online/Offline or both?
-- Anything else?

So I guess it makes sense for me to start it off.

-- I do play poker as a source of income (not primary source)
-- I keep track of every dollar that goes in and out of my poker account (I have a bank account specifically for poker)
-- I do look at poker as a job and take it very seriously
-- I play anywhere from 20-40 hours per week sometimes more of course (mostly live, but I do play my fair share of online poker).
--I track my stats through my own software that I created (just simple and gives me what I need custom to what I need to track) I track pretty much every detail I can think of tracking all the way down to what I was wearing that night or day (I know...thats just wrong)

Okay, well that is all I can think of right now. Thanks ahead of time for your input. Hopefuly I get some good discussion out of this thread.
 
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Henreiman

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I'd love to make Poker my primary source of income...I hope I'm good enough for that. I try not to play for cash though, simply because if I lose, I get so angry at myself. I win through freerolls, and use the 5 bucks or whatever to build up through 1.10 tournies. Got to $40 last time and 60 FPP, then gave the cash to a friend to payoff a loan :) Of course, I've gone on tilt since then, and haven't been able to earn another ticket :( Or maybe its all the donks
 
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phisig6057

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I have been playing for a few years, but only have started playing "seriously" for about 2 months. By seriously I mean that I play about 30 hours a week, read books, participate in forums etc. My game is steadily improving, but I still need to improve my game a lot.

I play about 20-30hours a week, but all low stakes. (2 $50 deposits in 3 months)
I still look at it as a hobby, but would like to develop my skill enough to consider it a source of income.

Thanks for posting this topic, I am curious as to how many players either play full time, or make enough to ocnsider it another source of income
 
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custo80

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i'm curious to see your website, whats the domain?
 
Dewmz

Dewmz

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As most avid poker players, I would like to make an income from it..however, I'm currently pretty deep in the hole with the amount I've deposited..as I'm now broke.. (roughly 2k in the hole between online and live tables)

So while I feel my game's improving ever so slowly..I still have much improving to do..and while I know I need to sit down and read some books..that doesn't seem to be going too well.

One of these days though, I'll be out of the hole :p Trying to start a bankroll now through freerolls..and as you can see by my sig..I'm off to a $.20 start :p

I have one coming up on Carbon in 15 mins, so, I'll see how that goes. Hopefully it's over before I gotta go to work.
 
ChuckTs

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--Do you play poker as a source of income?

yes

--Do you keep track of your income for poker?

yes

--Do you look at poker as a job?

For me it is - I'm a student and I play enough that I don't need a 'normal' job.

--Do you play poker as your only source of income?

yes

--How many hours do you play per week?

Varies, but on average ~14 hours per week.

--How do you track stats?

pokertracker

--Online/Offline or both?

online strictly

-- Anything else?

nope :)
Bold above ^^^
 
Jagsti

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Okay enough with that...lets get down to it.

--Do you play poker as a source of income?

Yes

--Do you keep track of your income for poker?

Yes, I use Pokertracker


--Do you look at poker as a job?

Hmmm, I play enough hours to treat it as a job, and that would be my goal, to eventually reach a level were this would be my primary income. Much easier said than done though imo. It's one thing attaining a certain level and making a regular income from it, but to actually have it as your only source of income I would imagine will be quite stressful.


--Do you play poker as your only source of income?

No

--How many hours do you play per week?

At least 20 hrs.

--How do you track stats?

Pokertracker.

--Online/Offline or both?

Mainly online, although I do venture out into the B&M world occasionally.

-- Anything else?

Nope

So I guess it makes sense for me to start it off.

^^^^^^
 
Dewmz

Dewmz

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Just an update: Finished 153rd out of 1500...oh well, I'll try again..Carbon's HH sucks or I'd post the hand that killed me..
 
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--Do you play poker as a source of income? - YES
--Do you keep track of your income for poker? - YES
--Do you look at poker as a job? - NO
--Do you play poker as your only source of income? - NO
--How many hours do you play per week? ~15 hours
--How do you track stats? - Pokertracker
--Online/Offline or both? - Both, playing more online these days though.
-- Anything else?

Bold above
 
Tygran

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--Do you play poker as a source of income?
Yes

--Do you keep track of your income for poker?
Yes

--Do you look at poker as a job?
Yes in a sense, I enjoy the game immensely as well and it definitely started for me as a fun hobby.

--Do you play poker as your only source of income?
No but it is a decent portion of it.

--How many hours do you play per week?
Anywhere from 15 to 30.

--How do you track stats?
Pokertracker

--Online/Offline or both?
Vast majority online.

-- Anything else?
Want to make it my primary income source within a year.
 
zachvac

zachvac

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--Do you play poker as a source of income?

Yeah

--Do you keep track of your income for poker?

Yeah

--Do you look at poker as a job?

No, I look at it as a hobby, the money part is purely a bonus.

--Do you play poker as your only source of income?

For now because I am a student, yes, but if I weren't playing poker I probably just wouldn't be working now

--How many hours do you play per week?

~20, I try to average about 2 hours a day online and live I usually play once a week for ~6 hours.

--How do you track stats?

Pokertracker online, live I just keep a tally for each night up/down in notepad.

--Online/Offline or both?

Both
what other people did, my answers in bold above.
 
Boltneck

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--Do you play poker as a source of income?
I play as a hobby but make a profit so I guess that could be considered an income.

--Do you keep track of your income for poker?
Yes - meticulously!

--Do you look at poker as a job?
No, it's a hobby.

--Do you play poker as your only source of income?
No.

--How many hours do you play per week?
On average, 30 hours per week.

--How do you track stats?
PokerTracker plus a MS Excel spreadsheet that I've created.

--Online/Offline or both?
Strictly online - cash games (FL)

-- Anything else?
Poker has always been a hobby, but as I am currently unable to work due to ill health, the modest profit that I make is used to supplement my income.
 
larkem

larkem

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Id like to see the peoples stats that answered "Only source of imcome" in the poll lol or maybe it was some1 that was just joking around.
 
zachvac

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Id like to see the peoples stats that answered "Only source of imcome" in the poll lol or maybe it was some1 that was just joking around.

I go to school, I don't work, I win playing poker, thus it is my only source of income. I'm not particularly great, but I can win at low limits. Currently I've hit a rough stretch but both live and online I've won about $1,500 since the start of school in the last week of August. Only $3,000 a year on average and I'll be getting another job in the summer, but for now poker is my only source of income.
 
Jack Daniels

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--Do you play poker as a source of income?
Yes
--Do you keep track of your income for poker?
Yes
--Do you look at poker as a job?
No
--Do you play poker as your only source of income?
No
--How many hours do you play per week?
5-20
--How do you track stats?
PokerTracker for poker stats, spreadsheet for $$/bankroll tracking
--Online/Offline or both?
Both
-- Anything else?
My favorite color is clear.
Following suit with bold in quote. ^^^ :)
 
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