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Poker for a living in the distant future

    • Tunatic
      Joined: 13.03.2011 Posts: 247
      Hey everyone. I opened this thread for the sole purpose of clearing up an issue that has been running around in my head for a few months now. After actively following the evolution of the poker community, I can't seem to put my finger onto how poker will look like in 5, 10, 30 years. That's probably because it's impossible to do so, but I would still love to hear what you guys have to say about this.

      We probably all roughly know how poker looked like about 15 years ago. Tons of fishes running around, new players everywhere, online poker started and many people took advantage of that. It was much easier to get the money pouring into your wallet than today. And we need to accept the fact that it's getting tougher every day.

      There's this one site (I won't post the link to it, because it probably isn't in line with the forum rules) that posts traffic updates on all more famous poker rooms. And the player pools are dropping down every year. For example, a few days ago the worldwide market was down 12% from this time last year. That number seems HUGE to me.

      So here's where my personal story comes in. I'm 21 years old, I have been interested in poker from ever since I can remember, but I have only been playing for real money since I was of legal age, which is 18. For the first year, I didn't really make much, but once I started actively studying the game, I started making enough money to be able to move out and support myself. The player pools still seem soft enough that I would be able to make enough to keep supporting myself, however I'm wondering how this is going to look like in the future. I am currently also enrolled at college and I currently intend to finish it (but will be playing and studying poker at the same time as well).

      So here come the questions. What do YOU think poker will be like (offline and online) in the coming years? We know many players dropped out of school and have now become millionaires because of poker. Take Daniel Negreanu for example - he told his parents he's quitting school for poker. Would he still drop out under today's circumstances? In 10 years, will I still be able to log into a poker site, find a table full of fishes and take their money? Are international poker sites still going to exist? I'm also worried about the legal issue of poker. I live in a small country, where I'm pretty sure they will be putting a huge tax on poker that will prevent you from making a profit at poker.

      Don't feel threatened to answer these questions. Just wanted to show you what i'm interested about. Anything that comes to your mind about poker in the future - post it here.
  • 1 reply
      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Hi Tunatic,

      It's really hard to anyone to say how will poker scene look like in 10 or 15 years, but I imagine that there will still be enough fish out there. It's really simple; whoever starts with the poker he is a fish, it's just impossible to be a good regular player from the very beginning. Moreover, there will always be people who will not become good players even though they were playing for years already because they will just not be interested in study their game. Instead of studying their game, they will choose to have fun and gamble some money away. Long story short, regulars will become better and better by more and more information and approaches available, but recreational players and fish will stay the same- they will still be people who want to have a little bit fun for couple of hours or a weekend..

      However, don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting you to drop your university, I think that studying for your uni will leave you plenty of time to play and study poker as well. :)