I know what you're thinking…"I'm bored with my life and I hate my job!" Maybe you're bored with your job and hate your life? Or maybe you're looking to be your own boss, or someone who wants to try something completely different. If any of the above statements sum up your existence, then maybe you should consider poker as a profession. Or maybe not?
Poker is a fun game that can be lucrative secondary means of income, but it can be one of the most brutal ways to earn a living. As the saying goes... it's a hard way to make an easy living. Only a handful of avid players can boast they had consistent career as a professional poker player. And it has nothing to do with cards. Rather, it's mostly about bankroll management, staying healthy, plugging life leaks, avoiding negative people, and keeping your mental game sharp. Anyone can quit their job and play poker for a year or two, but do they have what it takes to be a true professional?
Can they handle the swings? Can they deal with the rigorous travel? Can they handle the self-important echo-chamber called poker media? Can they avoid money traps and becoming a clichéd degen? Can they maintain relationships with friends and family outside of poker? Can they avoid all of the parasites, groupies, hanger-ons, and broke dicks constantly bombarding them with cash requests? Can they handle criticism from their fellow pros? Will they avoid trolls and haters and other forums on online bullying? Will the success go to their heads? Can they handle intricate dealings with backers and stakers? Can they avoid blowing every single cent at titty bars and overpriced clubs?
888poker posted a seven-part series on becoming a poker pro. It's basic stuff, but definitely a few things in there that everyone should consider if they legit want to take a shot at the big time. They also delve into some more complex stuff like deciding whether or not you will focus on live games or online poker...or both. 888poker also spliced together a video featuring Kara Scott and Rupert Elder. Kara sat down with Elder and picked his brain about what it really takes to be a pro. The interview was inspired by the post The Nuts and Bolts About Going Pro that focused on three specific items: relationships, health, and wealth. Watch it here…