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I get a lot of questions about becoming a poker pro and I feel there is a lot of sketchy information out there on
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This is a good article, I totally agree with you. Nowadays, becoming a professional poker player is very difficult and requires a lot of effort, so much so that many people find it easier to realize themselves in a bar as a bartender - it will be much more profitable and emotionally easier !!! The point is that most people who play poker are well aware of their chances of getting rich playing poker, but they keep playing !!! Many people play poker for fun and are even willing to pay money for it !!! If during your favorite hobby you have a small chance of winning money - great !!!
PS: 7 years i have been played social media poker for play chips just because I liked this game !!! For several years now I have been playing for real money and thanks to CardsChat I can practice my favorite hobby for free, for which I am very grateful to this wonderful community)))
Got about halfway through and excellent so far. Appreciate you sharing the experience. Seems most are so cavalier in thought about the ease and life of a poker pro. Grinding for years for me, it wasn't as easy as it was made out to be.
Gave me an appreciation for my job of 25 years. It wasn't as bad as long hours with some days nothing to show for it. Playing as a living would have taken the joy of poker away. Rather it stay a hobby that is enjoyed, rather than the grid of having to perform to make ends meet.
Again well done, can't wait to get some free time to finish the article.
"Luck comes and goes but knowledge stays forever."
What about health insurance? I wouldn’t ditch my crap job for even the ‘possibility’ of making 100k a year..even 200k...something happens and your effed..plus grinding sucks imo..poker to me should have soul and competition like Ed Norton says in rounders about grinding. But I do understand that grinding works for some people for sure, it’s all about balance imo what makes you happiest. Not at all knocking it, just not my bag at all.
Do you pay a high premium for health insurance?
I got an ear infection and the bill was 1280..I paid 20 bucks. Can’t imagine what a kidney stone would cost out of pocket, probably 60k.
Have a buddy that has lupis, showed me the statement for 1mil....he works at 7-11 for 12hr...and didn’t have/get insurance.
You have to be insane to want to be a pro poker player in America without getting contracted high paying insurance. If you leave the USA you can get away with it I guess, where healthcare is free/cheap and escape high insurance costs.
The poker industry - and by this I mean not just corporate poker but the well known pros - project a certain image of poker and naturally they cast the 'profession' in a positive light. Understandable from an industry point of view but I have always felt the top pros could be more forthcoming.
Recreational players now study and engage on a deeper level than players did in years gone by. They therefore also have a more sophisticated view of the industry itself and most rec players have a very good idea of the difficulties of being a poker pro.
Therefore pros could be a lot more open about their lives than they are. No one would think lesser of them or be discouraged from playing. In fact I think more honesty would engender a lot more sympathy for them. The top pros are practiced at appearing unfazed when getting knocked out of a super high roller for example. But it is a charade- smoke and mirrors- we all know they likely have a small piece of themselves and (as you note) if they win, will likely have a small piece of the prize.
However, having more of that world laid bare would be fascinating, even more compelling than at present - and so players should open up more.
So thanks for the honest insight, it is appreciated.
The open and real life of a pro player requires self-sufficiency and tremendous inner strength. Loneliness, swing in the game and stress break the weak psyche. As I understand these people need to constantly adhere to discipline and try to be positive in life.
great article really truth all you say there I always have that feeling of getting rich someday on the sunday million or something heheh xD being a pro it really takes hard work I think I'm fine just playing for fun and making some cash sometimes Thanks for the information really helpful