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I think that the difference in the level of the game, the professional plays stronger than the Amateur and earns more money in less time than the Amateur, copes with the variance with minimal tilt, unlike the Amateur.
What is the difference between a professional and an amateur poker player?
The amateur player plays in his spare time and sees poker as a hobby he plays it to entertain himself more than anything for fun, although he would not feel bad if he wins a little extra money but he does not care if he loses a little because he does it for fun.
the professional player lives off the game and his income depends 100% on poker and takes it more seriously, the professional poker player has to study his game more in depth and try to improve it he has to invest a lot of time in study and practice.
You see poker as your job has to try to minimize your losses and maximize your winnings, you have to have a lot of discipline in your bankroll.
Come on for me a poker pro and that player who lives off poker and has his profession in poker and in the miserable amateurs we are the ones who play for the hobby for the fun and for the false illusion of thinking that we will win against the professionals who study the game almost every day
A professional has much more study of the game, its probabilities, analyzes its sttack, its position and that of its rivals, knows about reading and mental game, the amateur only does it for hobbies or entertainment.
I think that a professional studies himself, studies others, takes each game very seriously. But it is also true that no one started out as a professional, that is why they need experience, and for that, they need to play thousands of hands and it takes years to become professionals.