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How To Be A Poker Pro

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So you want to become a professional poker player? It’s hard, but it’s possible. You just need to put in your number of hours (and reasonable amounts of cash) to become more adept with the game you love. A fair warning though: accordingly to poker experts, only an estimated 10 percent of poker players are considered long-term earners of the game. That means there’s a load of poker players who think they’re good, but they’re not. They often overrate their skill and once faced with sleek opponents, they often get up from their seats empty-handed. It’s a tough and grueling sport and lifestyle.

Being able to play poker for a living seems like the perfect job — for someone who loves poker at least. But it’s harder than you would like to believe.  We have six quick poker tips for you to set you on your way to your dream job.

 

1. Study all aspects of the game

 

Studying the game of poker is crucial if you want to learn how to succeed as a professional online poker player. When you think you have learned all there is to learn about poker, you need to study and research even more. In fact, you should never stop learning because standing still in this game means you’re going to be left behind.

Read articles, check out poker strategy books, join a training site, or hire a coach. Any edge you can create for yourself will eventually lead to profits.

 

2. Prove you’re a winning player

 

Handing in your notice and jumping straight into being a professional poker player isn’t a good idea. This is one of the main reasons why you need to prove to yourself you know how to be a profitable online poker player first.

You need tens of thousands of cash game hands and tournaments (if not hundreds of thousands) to prove you’re a winning player. If you’re not a winning poker player over the long term, you’ll soon be heading back to your old boss cap-in-hand hoping to be reemployed.

 

3. Be realistic

 

Once you’ve ascertained that you’re a winning poker player, it’s time to begin trying to figure out how many hands or tournament you’ll need to play in order at least to match your previous salary. Here’s where many people fail.

How many online poker pros are there who wake up at 12:00 p.m., play online poker for two hours, and then swan off enjoying life to the max? The answer is not many, and those who do generally don’t succeed as professional online poker players for any meaningful length of time.

 

4. Give playing poker professionally a trial run

 

Give playing for a living a trial run, so you have experience of how to play online poker professionally. Take a week’s holiday from your job and spend the next five working days doing nothing but playing poker (at least you’ll be getting paid even if you have a bad week!). You may surprise yourself at how difficult it is to motivate yourself to play poker non-stop for a week.

It’s best to find out you’re not cut out for the life of a poker pro before you take the plunge into playing for a living.

 

5. Build a big bankroll and liferoll

 

Most poker pros like to have at least six months’ worth of life expenses tucked away in a separate bank account in case things go pear-shaped. Dipping into your poker bankroll to cover your bills is a big no-no.

Your bankroll should be larger than a recreational player would have because you never want to drop down in stakes. Doing so, dropping down that is, makes it harder to reach your monetary goals — much harder. Its better to be a bankroll nit than it is going broke.

 

6. Act professionally

 

Professional poker players often cite the freedom it gives them for playing for a living, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t have a professional attitude towards the job. Some of the best poker players in the world are extremely disciplined and in their approach every single day.

You wouldn’t rock up to work and put your feet on the desk or lounge around on the sofa with your laptop, so don’t do it as a poker pro. How to become a professional poker player? Starting acting like one, a professional that is.

 

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