Posted: 2008/05/13 by: Chris Bibey.
If you want to become a professional poker player, you must first have a better understanding of what this entails. Although this career appears to be all fame and fortune on the surface, nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, this is not to say that being a professional poker player is a bad profession. But just like any other career, you will recognize that there are both pros and cons.
A professional poker player is generally somebody who plays the game as a full-time career. In other words, they rely solely on the money that they win playing poker to live day to day. If this sounds a bit scary, you are right. After all, you never know when luck is going to be against you and in turn cause you to lose time after time. While your luck will always change, you need to make sure that you have enough money in the bank to cover your expenses in the meantime.
If you are like most who aspire to become a professional poker player, you more than likely want to be one of the guys who you see playing tournaments on television. This is the glamorous part of becoming a professional. Being on television and playing the game that you love may sound like a dream come true. And in most cases, it is. Of course, you need to keep in mind that most professionals never make it to this stage. You can still earn a very nice living from the game of poker even if you never show your face on ESPN.
To become a professional poker player, you need to have top of the line skills. Remember, you will be working this job day in and day out. If you do not have the skills to succeed, you will not only lose money but you will lose your job at the same time. For this reason, make sure that you perfect your skills and devise a strategy before you go into this career full-time.
Keep in mind that you can become a professional poker player by competing at a land based casino or online. Both of these options have pros and cons. You should attempt to determine which option is best for you before investing too much into a full-time poker career. Some players are better at playing in person, whereas others excel when they compete online.
Now that you have a better idea of what a professional poker player is, do you still want to move forward with this career? If so, there is no better time than now to chase down your dream job.
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