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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.
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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.
The difference is in the littoral definition of the two words.
Professional plays poker becaude it's their job. That's all the word means, in any field.
An amateur does something "for the love" of that thing.
Now, the likelihood of someone who does something professionally being better or more avcomplished at that thing than an amateur is higher, but it is not at all a certainty. There are terrible professionals in all jobs, and there are amazingly talented amateur musicians, artists, athletes, and even poker players. (And lots of former professional players who are now broke or on make up.)
I think the first scenario that changes is the time dedicated by the professional to play and study!
I'm a recreational player, I study often to improve my game and be profitable, but I'm far from being able to devote the same time as a professional!
And as a professional, this player certainly plays a lot more than me in terms of volume, practices more, which will make him comfortable with spots I'm not used to.
On the other hand, whenever I play for fun, without any pressure/obligation to win (no matter what the objective) the professional depends on winning to make his salary...
Most important difference is the way amateur and pro player treat the game. Amateurs treat it as either fun hobby, gambling or part time job. Professional players treat it like full time job investing all their efforts and resources to constantly learn new things and improve their game as this is what gives them their money to pay the bills. As a result of these in the long term pro players always win more and top the charts compared to recreational players.
Professional vs amateur as a technical definition is whether you make a significant part of your income from it.
Professional vs amateur as a time invested relative to other pursuits - full time poker player, vs as doing so recreationally.
Professional vs amateur in approach to the game and results. Some amateurs have knowledge and skill that exceeds that of many people who make their living from poker, but the amateur has other interests they are pursuing as a career and only engage in poker for entertainment or to subsidize their income.
In my opinion, the main difference between pro poker players and amateurs is their discipline at the table. For example, playing less hands or knowing when it is the right time to fold regardless of what your impulses are telling you.
The big difference between a professional player and a novice player are the results, they are also the levels, the professional player always usually plays expensive tournaments and high tables, the novice simply plays cheap things, itself, itself the difference is the results and the balance.
The difference is that professionals can access paid elite tournaments, they have more experiences, amateurs do not have the money or the shooting and that can affect making important decisions that make them win or lose tournaments.
Unlike a professional who operates with ranges, an amateur thinks only about specific hands (his own and the opponent's) in each situation. However, poker is a game with incomplete information and it is almost impossible to narrow the opponent's range to one hand or combination.
The amateur repeats his mistakes.
Erroneous actions and incorrect judgments that are constantly repeated never bring good results at a distance. Simplifying the game, reducing it to only a few parameters, an amateur plays in the negative, while maintaining the confidence that he is simply unlucky. Often he tries to achieve something based only on his guesses, ignoring the facts.
But professionals always remember that they can make mistakes. Therefore, they try to constantly find and remove errors from their game.
Take for example Messi against, let's say, your friend's football team.
Messi thinks, breathes, trains, acts football. Your friend like to watch games, play once in every blue moon and his dedication to the game is a mere hobby
Um, that's a very good question. Reading most of the answers. I don't think it's anything special. The amateur can also surprise the professional player! And the pro can make the same mistake
.. Watching poker tournament broadcasts on TV is even more so than I think... Of course, that's just my opinion.