Everybody envies the life of a professional Poker player. Who doesn’t want
flexible hours, follow their passion and travel around the world? Add a solid
income to it and you have yourself a dream job. So, how does one decide to make
Poker their full-time career? A person who feels they have the nuances of Poker
figured out. A person who feels their skills can outsmart most players. A person
who feels they can make more money playing Poker than other occupations. A
person who enjoys the Poker lifestyle and is willing to sacrifice a regular job
income for freedom. This is just the start.
What does it take to make Poker a viable career option? A solid Poker professional
has a good grasp on Poker theory, odds calculations, psychology, game theory and
nerves. He or she is fundamentally running a business. He or she has the
understanding of how to play Poker to maximize earnings. Being an astute
business person, a Poker professional knows the importance of bankroll
management. Raw Poker skills are only a fraction of what is necessary to make
significant money playing Poker. Choosing between cash games or tournaments or
both is equally important. Playing soft, loose tables in critical too. Understanding
the hourly rate and playing the game which gives the highest return are among the
many qualities needed to become a pro. A player with inferior cardplaying skills
can make more money than skilled players by being smart about these factors.
Now, when does Poker change from a hobby to a career? A player who is
consistently winning in any format of Poker and has managed to build a significant
bankroll might subconsciously be transitioning from a hobby to a career. One who
is regularly updating his/her Poker skills and spending majority of their time
playing Poker might also be on the path. For some players though, Poker can be a
lucrative hobby instead of a profession. In the end it all comes down to one
decision; taking the plunge and going All-in!
Choosing Poker as a career might sound hunky-dory; however, there are flipsides
too. Not trying to burst the bubble; but after a point, Poker can get monotonous.
One might be involved in high-stakes action, however, the same routine day-in,
day-out can become wearisome. One is prone to lose the love for Poker just like
any other job. Most importantly, Poker can have a highly variable income. Large
swings are part and parcel of Poker and might not be appealing to people who can't
handle the stress of such fluctuations of income. Also, when one does decide to
quit Poker, they are faced with the daunting question of what to do next.
All said and done, players globally are choosing Poker as a viable career option
and making a very good living out of it. Domestic players aren’t that far behind.
Scores of Indians are breaking the stereotype and making a killing playing Poker
professionally. Every now and then we hear of Indians earning top honors in
International Poker circuits and tournaments.
It all boils down to making informed decisions; keeping a host of factors in mind
and choosing the path which suits one best. The most important thing to recognize
or believe is that choosing Poker as an authentic career option isn’t impossible.