There has long been a kind of magic associated with professional players. When the average person pictures a professional poker player they usually picture someone who is sexy, a little bit dangerous, and has a heart of gold. This image is the result of learning about famous gamblers like Doc Holiday, the Earp’s, and a slew of characters that Hollywood has created.
The truth is that the reality of becoming a professional poker player like Phil Ivey is vastly different than the fantasy of being a professional poker player. The reality of being a professional poker player is far less glamorous than the fantasy. Trying to earn a living making card is extremely hard work.
In the past your location played a huge part in your ability to play poker professionally. In the United States this meant that if you didn’t live near Las Vegas or Atlantic City, you could kiss your dream of being a professional poker player goodbye. Now thanks to online casinos and casinos run by Native American tribes it is possible to live anywhere in the world and still play poker professionally.
There are several different types of poker. Most poker players find that there are certain games that suit you better than others. You need to identify the game that best suits your personal best game and learn all of the tricks and secrets so that you can become the best possible poker player.
Reading people is an important part of winning poker games. If you aren’t willing to spend any time studying people and getting to know their body language you should probably look at additional career options. In addition to reading people, you also have to know your own tells and know how to mask them.
One of the best ways to decide if the career of a professional poker player is for you is by spending time in the company someone who already is a professional poker player. It is difficult job to shadow a pro, but it is possible for you to sit down with them and discuss the pros and cons of becoming a professional gambler.
Even if you are planning on becoming a professional poker player you should also put some serious consideration into the fact that very few people are able to completely earn their entire living simply by playing poker. Even the really well known professionals who have won major world championships supplement their poker winnings with money generated from the sales of instructional DVD’s and books here.
One of the questions that you need to ask yourself is why you want to play poker professionally Are you really into the game of poker, is it something that you really want to do for the rest of your life, or is it possible that you are simply attracted to the world of poker, and like to be around poker players. If you are more attracted to the idea of being surrounded by the people who enjoy playing poker you might want to consider becoming a poker dealer who gets a weekly paycheck, instead of a poker player.