Professional or beginner..?

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How do you know that you are past the beginner level and are a professional poker player?
Tournament prizes make you professional?
What kind of player do you consider yourself if you know that; You do not need a physical degree to become a poker professional.
 
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A professional poker player makes his living out of poker, I guess you are referring to "a winning player". I'd consider myself as one, because I won the 888Twitch tournament recently and my bankroll is constantly filling up.
 
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How do you know that you are past the beginner level and are a professional poker player?
Tournament prizes make you professional?
What kind of player do you consider yourself if you know that; You do not need a physical degree to become a poker professional.
I'd say you know you're a professional player when you're away from home so much (playing poker) you have difficulty remembering where home is.
 
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I will know that I became a pro the day I made my living from poker. The day I start making a lot of money from poker, I'll know I'm a pro.
 
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Most players are amateurs. Some amateurs a good enough to beat the rake and become winning players. Some players are so good that poker becomes their primary form of income and become pro players.
 
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I believe that professional players are players who have made poker their main activity. I think professional players get their main income by playing poker. So professional players are players for whom poker is their main job.
 
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I'm thinking about a new category - "Professional beginner":D
 
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I have played for awhile now and I am not a beginner but I do not
make a living a it . I play because I enjoy the game and it is a pass time.
 
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There is a very fine line between an amateur and a professional in poker, because even when playing with a lot of mistakes, you can still win and replenish your bankroll. This is a feature of poker.:)
 
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I think to become a poker pro you need to go through the entry level and have a decent amount of money.
 
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Hard to say but there should be some signs:


Do you know the language when players are talking live, cowboys, pocket rockets etc
Do you know why your two pair 95 (95JJ7) - lost (when the opponent has a higher pair only (TT) - (e.g. how long would it take a player to know, i've seen many players who ask why they lost)
 
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When you play solely poker for a living and you also cope with hands off the felts in order to review them again and again then you are surely not a beginner. Also if you hire coaches in order to make you better and better then surely you are not a beginner.

IMO though there are not only the above 2 categories , players are not only beginners or professionals , the biggest amount is in between. In between there are all the rest , the recreational players, the side income winners or the side income bigger winners haha. I have many examples of players who have their 9-5 job and they play because they like the game and they win nice amounts! :)
 
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How do you know that you are past the beginner level and are a professional poker player?
Tournament prizes make you professional?
What kind of player do you consider yourself if you know that; You do not need a physical degree to become a poker professional.
Hello, I'm a poker newcomer myself and this is my hobby, but I think the poker professional is the person who knows a lot of the intricacies of this game and makes a minimum of mistakes, while for him this is the main source of income for which he can provide himself and his family! Many want to become professional poker players, but I think it's not as simple as it seems, it's a very big job, discipline and it's not given to everyone! If you want to become a professional, work on the game a lot, and I wish you only good luck and victories!
 
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I think if you live with your poker profits you can be considered a poker professional.
 
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I'm a professional. All my charts are positive.
 
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I think that to become a professional player you need a tremendous mastery of poker, both in theory and in practice. A professional player is one who is only dedicated to the game and lives from it, in my opinion. I also think that he is the one who has already had success and formed a career in the world of Poker, to the point that now he shares his knowledge with others who want to venture into this talented game. Regards.
 
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A professional poker player lives only from poker, he has no other job than playing poker, his income is exclusively from poker. When the income comes only from playing poker, he is a professional poker player.
 
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you will only be a professional player when you participate in a big tournament with real professionals.
 
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Complex issue. I think professional players also have a series of failures. But this does not mean that they are losers.
 
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professional players 5-10%
they make money playing poker, they took training, they worked with programs
 
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There are varying degrees of potency of play between beginner and pro. Being a pro is a full level of commitment that a small percent of people can handle !!!
 
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If you can make a living playing poker, congratulations. you are a professional.
 
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i'm average player.......not pro but not beginner......i can win and i can loose.....
 
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I think if you live with your poker profits you can be considered a poker professional.

This is the closest I’ve seen in this thread to anyone actually getting the question and answering it correctly

You live off the profits you make in the game of poker. I’d say yes to that

You make $15 a week profit while working a 9-5 m-f job. No. You’re not a pro.

You mention any freeroll “winnings” as part of your sick brag. No. You’re not a pro

“I won a $22 sit and go”. No. Not a pro.

Pretty simple question for so many to completely miss it entirely.
 
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