Could You Become a Professional Poker Player?

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Could You Become a Professional Poker Player?

It has been difficult for almost everyone over the past year or so. With the world already battling the pandemic, people have also had to deal with the difficulties of a recession, too. Our post on ‘Why the World May Be Headed for a Massive Recession’ discussed how the stock market fell, consumers lost confidence and there were job losses to contend with, which made many consider their future career paths.

Some people began to move into new industries, others took the leap into starting their own businesses. However, there was a growth in the numbers of people considering whether they could turn their hobbies and interests, into a career during the Covid-19 pandemic too. After all, we do commit a lot to our passions outside of work.

So below, we look into if it’s possible to turn one of those passions into your job, just for the fun of course.

Do you have a firm grasp of the game?

Now, we might all enjoy a game at the table but do you really know poker? To become a professional, you need to have a real intimate knowledge beyond that of the hobbyist player. But it’s not just about the rules, it’s about choosing the right game to play, which table to play at, even what’s the best time to play. It’s not until you know some of these seemingly subtle nuances of the game, which you may have not previously thought as significant before you can even consider turning the game into a career.

How are your powers of persuasion?

Bluffing is a big part of the game, as you won’t always be dealt the perfect hand. So, if you’re going to go a long way, you need to learn how to make others think you have the full house. It’s about making the most of any situation in the game. It’s quite an aggressive play, but balancing the bluff with the powerful hands could see you to victory. Communication can be key at vital moments in games.

Can you work strange hours?

Poker players seem from the outside to have pretty relaxed lifestyles. The reality though is that like any other career, this one can be quite demanding – even when it comes to working hours. In a Poker.org piece about how to become a pro, it is pointed out that most professional players like to play in the evening and into the early hours.

Are you up for some study?

You have to study to give yourself the very best chance of success. Like learning card ranges, for example, this can be absolutely vital. For those who don’t know, the range is the collection of all possible hands that players could have at any moment. Having the knowledge of the range allows you the ability to think of not only your opponent’s next play but your possibilities too. It seems a very difficult concept to grasp and one which does take time to learn. But if you consider it as holding all the cards in your mind, it helps you decide the best play going forward, and think of just how important that may be.

In conclusion

Utilizing the passion you have for your hobby is admirable, but you have to remember that poker is not the way to a guaranteed career path. But what has been discovered over the past year or two amidst the pandemic, there are positives in considering taking up what you love as a means to move forward. And if poker is the thing that you’re passionate about, these questions are just something for you to consider if you are looking at turning your interest into your business.

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