Poker As a Career, Yay or Nay?!

    • jojogreene
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      Just curious, how many of you have seriously considered a career in poker? How many of you have tried? How many of you are still making money strictly from poker?

      I really love this game, but I have never had the time to play it full time. Before I carve out more time from my schedule, away from my work, I need to know if this is a viable option and if people can actually sustain themselves from poker.
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    • CROJoza
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      Hi,I used to make money from poker last months,but i want to win some cash without any investment,so I came here. I have big knowledge,so I am hoping for a success :-)
    • jojogreene
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      Do I set hours for myself?
    • Rihard4a
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      Yay
    • PokerPatrik
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      nechapem
    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
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      hi jojogreene,

      It's definitely possible to make a career out of playing poker; however, in order to succeed doing it you will have to work hard and consistently on your game and adapt to new circumstances.

      So, if you have strong will to study and develop as a poker player, you can give it a try, also our poker community here on PokerStrategy is a great place to be around if you are interested in finding your game and learning it seriously.

      If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact me,

      Kind regards,
      Fran
    • VorpalF2F
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      Originally posted by jojogreene
      Just curious, how many of you have seriously considered a career in poker? How many of you have tried? How many of you are still making money strictly from poker?

      I really love this game, but I have never had the time to play it full time. Before I carve out more time from my schedule, away from my work, I need to know if this is a viable option and if people can actually sustain themselves from poker.
      From the other side of the fence...

      I would never consider poker as a "career". It is tremendously fun as a game or a passtime, but as a job it seems that the hours are long and the work is repetitive.

      I DO intend to supplement my pension by playing poker though.

      When I was in sales, the phrase, "Highest paid hard work, lowest paid easy work" was used often by management to motivate us into finding more marks -- errr, prospects -- to whom to show whatever it is we were selling.

      Like poker, it was a numbers game. Out of 1000 cold calls a salesmen made, he could count on 10 sales. That 10 sales meant an income of $2000. You can see where this is going, can't you?

      The higher your volume, or the higher your conversion rate, the higher your income.

      The problem is though, that 1000 cold calls results in 900 people telling you to fark off in all manner of creative ways, with 100 agreeing to meet with you, 90 of whom will tell you to fark off in person.

      At least with poker, they don't tell you to have sex at a distance, but they don't call it "grinding" for nothing.

      However, if you are prepared to put in the time, enjoy what you're doing, and have the discipline to do the work, poker is one of the few ways to legally make millions overnight.

      Best of luck to you!
      --VS
    • VorpalF2F
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      While looking for another article I noticed this:
      Are you fit for professional Poker?

      Hope that helps,
      --VS
    • jojogreene
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      Wow. Thanks for the all of the advice! I guess I should play around for a while and try different things before I fully commit. I still haven't try online poker or playing on my iPad yet.
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    • htghguuh
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      use poker too supplement you're income.its less stressful,I have a friend who plays for a living,The thing is he makes loadzzz o money ,BIG PROBLEM HE WONT EVEN PAY THE RENT LOL. its my bankroll, so everyone goes hungry
      confused ?(
    • NightShadePMC
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      I've been playing poker for 4 and a half years and it's been my only source of income for the last 2. It can definitely be done, but it's no easy ride. It will require time, dedication and nerves. I guess it really depends on what country you live in.If you can get $3000+ a month doing something else with no variance, you probably want to choose that. In my country the minimum wage is $200, and the average wage isn't much bigger either, so poker is the best thing that ever happened to me.
    • jojogreene
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      Judging by most people's answers, it seems that it is definitely an option to play poker to make a living, but probably better to supplement my income first. There is one problem though. It is pretty inconvenient for where I am to play poker at a casino because the closest one is 4 hours drive away. I'm thinking about playing online. Any tips in terms of websites or even better, any apps where I can make money?
    • Lazza61
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      Hey jojogreene,

      If you are unsure about where to play online, then check out our Choosing the right Poker Room for you! thread.

      Just reply by answering the questions in the first post and we'll do our best to find the most appropriate room for you to play on.

      Regards

      Laz
    • ghaleon
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      Have been playing poker for living around two years. Before that it was hobby for 4-5 years. So before you can realistically think of it as profession you have to do lot of work. Also having enough money to support your daily life is mandatory when changing to poker as main income. With poker incomes are not granted so if you are constantly eating from your bankroll it can bite you badly. So having like 6 months living money outside of your bankroll does not hurt at all.

      Also investment side is very important for poker player.
    • kayjames
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      Hey jojogreene,

      There is a lot of risk with choosing poker as a full-time career. I like how one guy said

      "However, if you are prepared to put in the time, enjoy what you're doing, and have the discipline to do the work, poker is one of the few ways to legally make millions overnight."

      This is true that poker is high-rewards, but of course, it is also high risk. If you want to play on your iPad, I've played Zynga poker before. It is a lot of fun and it is pretty popular among my peers because you can play online and on your mobile device as well. The only thing is that it is not for real money. I mean you can purchase additional chips with more money, but you cannot cash out. The great thing about mobile poker is that you can try new strategies without risking real money! The downside of course is that it isn't always very realistic.
    • VorpalF2F
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      Originally posted by kayjames
      Hey jojogreene,

      There is a lot of risk with choosing poker as a full-time career. I like how one guy said

      "However, if you are prepared to put in the time, enjoy what you're doing, and have the discipline to do the work, poker is one of the few ways to legally make millions overnight."

      This is true that poker is high-rewards, but of course, it is also high risk. If you want to play on your iPad, I've played Zynga poker before. It is a lot of fun and it is pretty popular among my peers because you can play online and on your mobile device as well. The only thing is that it is not for real money. I mean you can purchase additional chips with more money, but you cannot cash out. The great thing about mobile poker is that you can try new strategies without risking real money! The downside of course is that it isn't always very realistic.
      Hi, kayjames,
      Welcome to PokerStrategy.com!

      I don't know that it is realistic to expect millions overnight.

      The best way is to start small, learn the basics and build on them. I played on Zynga for a few weeks when if first came out, but it was more like bingo than poker. Well except for the winning part -- you take the time, put in the effort, and in the end have nothing.

      Are you signed up for any poker rooms through PokerStrategy.com ?

      If not, check out the poker rooms and take advantage of one of the free money offers if they're available in your region.

      If you can't decide on a room, read this post:
      Choosing the right Poker Room for you!
      then reply to the thread answering the questions. Someone will reply with a suggestion.

      Best of luck!
      --VS
    • LemOn36
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      Originally posted by jojogreene
      Just curious, how many of you have seriously considered a career in poker? How many of you have tried? How many of you are still making money strictly from poker?

      I really love this game, but I have never had the time to play it full time. Before I carve out more time from my schedule, away from my work, I need to know if this is a viable option and if people can actually sustain themselves from poker.
      yes it is yes they can
      I don't get why anyone wouldn't give poker a shot at least for some time? Seems really risky not to and then live life "what if" there's so little risk involved here unless you're quitting college or something (swapping careers is totally standard these days, can't see taking a year off being an issue in most fields unless you are in some govt no skill job and would have to start at 0 after)
    • kenthmp
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      yay
    • YohanN7
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      Think about what you can earn in a successful career outside poker. If you live in a country where a good salary for a skilled, highly educated professional is $10k+ per month, go for that instead. Even if you become the best in the world in poker, what you will earn from poker is no more than a fart in empty space compared to if you start up a successful business.

      If you are young, get damned good at poker, use it to finance a good education (masters+). You will get an incredibly much richer life. You don't need to quit poker just because you do something else. You might be able to play high-roller tourneys when you are on vacation, just for the fun of it.