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                                                                                   Oct 2017 Tip
 Playing Poker as a Profession
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Have you ever thought of quitting your boring nine-to-five job and becoming a professional poker player? Since this ďpoker crazeĒ began, and its popularity on television exploded, everyone wants a part of the action. With all the stress associated with a mundane job in an office, you could be considering a new occupation as a professional card player. If youíre ready to take your game to the next level, the big question is ďHow and where do you begin?Ē
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If youíre at the stage in life where you are considering a new career as a poker professional, youíve probably started to weigh out the pros and cons of this decision. You can say you want to be a professional card player, but actually becoming one is another story. Iím sure if you were to ask any pro out there what that lifestyle entails, they would tell you that itís a real roller coaster ride, full of stress from the ups and downs of gambling. They may not, after having lived it themselves, recommend choosing this lifestyle. If you really want to go in this direction, though, how do you go about it?    
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First of all, living in the world of professional card players is a unique lifestyle indeed. One thing is certain: they all want to make a lot of money! After all, isnít that the objective of this game? Becoming a poker pro is a much scarier proposition than one might think; nonetheless, the allure of living the fast-paced lifestyle of a poker professional is certainly a compelling one. As in any professional venture, you have to have the skills and bankroll to stay on the ďup sideĒ of things. It takes a lot of focus, hard work, dedication, and great disciplinary skills to be successful in the world of professional poker!
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Secondly, if you make the decision to actually become a poker professional, youíll need to build up a big bankroll. Obviously, you wonít be able to become a star overnight, so youíll have to save your money over a very long period of time. Even though you may feel your poker game is good enough to take the plunge, my advice to you is very simple: Donít quit your day job yet! Unglamorous as it may be, keeping a regular job is important. It enables you to fuel your poker lifestyle on the side. Save your money for tournaments, travel, and big cash games.
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If you are considering becoming a professional card player, you must make sure that your skill level is beyond proficient in all of the popular live poker games. When youíre watching television next time, take the time to notice how those superstars play, and you will see that each one of them is a master of an array of different poker games. Playing poker online for free is an easy and convenient way to gain the skills needed to play all applicable poker games well. When you are able to be comfortable in any circumstance, especially when thereís real money on the line, you can say youíre a pro.
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When you become a professional card player, the most important key to the game of poker is money management. You need to set certain limits for yourself, every single time you sit down at the table. You have to decide to leave when youíre up a certain amount of money, and you must set a limit on how much you are willing to lose. In order to become a skillful poker player, it takes an incredible amount of willpower to control your profits and losses. Being smart with your money is absolutely essential.
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While Iíve always thought that playing poker for a living would be fun, I think it makes more sense to do it to supplement an existing full-time job or business. If you make an additional few hundred dollars each week playing poker, on top of a good weekly salary, then youíre bound to be doing pretty well financially. That way, even if you lose a couple hundred each week, at least you have the guaranteed income from your regular job. If, on the other hand, your business does well, any profits or losses from playing poker will not affect you much. Supplementing your weekly income, through playing poker, seems like the best way to make poker a part of your daily life. After all, no winning streak lasts forever, and itís always important to have something to fall back on.
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Most professional card players do quite well for themselves, however, it's those individuals that are skillful and know how to manage their money properly that come out on top almost every playing session that they play. If they play in higher limit games or tournaments like The World Series of Poker, they always have the necessary bankrolls set aside. Or, if they are among the big-name superstars, they have a lot of good sponsors and the bankroll that comes along with that. Beyond having the proper bankroll, these pros have the strength and integrity needed to handle the losses associated with playing poker at this level. Those players experience erratic and nerve-racking swings to their financial situation like anyone else. How are they any different from us?

So, if you truly want to become a professional poker player, it is important to remember that this kind of life is nothing like itís depicted on television. However, it does mean traveling a lot, staying in smelly hotels, long nights, rude people, uncomfortable seats, cigarette smoke, quite a bit of mental anguish, and separation from your family and friends. It can be a great lifestyle, but it does not come without significant cost (financial and otherwise) to the individual who chooses that path. Frankly, I donít recommend that you quit a lucrative career or business venture to become a professional poker player.

With all this being said, even though poker is a form of entertainment that can be very financially rewarding, it is important to remember that it is just that: for entertainment! Poker should be seen primarily as an exciting way to have fun, not a way to pay the bills. When anything becomes work, it usually isnít that much fun anymore. Always continue to develop your other interests in life; the rush of poker is intoxicating, and itís important to make sure you do not become addicted to this form of entertainment. Poker is the greatest game on earth. Donít let anything take the enjoyment out of it.


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