How to become a professional poker player

The dream job that is playing poker for a living.

What steps do you need to take to become a professional poker player?

A lot of newer players have a few good weeks playing poker and far too quickly think to themselves that this is it, time to quit their jobs and become a professional poker player.

There are a few key things that you want to make sure you have checked off before you decide to go pro.

How big is your bankroll?

Ideally to be a professional poker player, you want to have a very healthy size bankroll and a great bankroll management strategy.

As a professional poker player you want to be able to deal with variance and continue to play your main stakes, be able to withdraw your poker winnings each week or month and still be able to grow your bankroll. It's for this reason that I would suggest you don't even consider becoming a professional poker player until you have at least 100 buy ins in your roll.

Have a solid track record and experience

It's important to know that you are beating the games over a good sample size so that's why I suggest you at least set yourself a bankroll challenge which really tests you. You should make sure that you play good volume in this kind of challenge to make sure you're comfortable playing a lot of poker and more importantly, still enjoy playing as becoming a professional poker player can often take some of the fun out of playing.

Study, study, study

Now that you are a professional poker player do not make the fatal mistake of thinking that you no longer need to keep working hard on improving your game.

Now it is more important than ever to make sure you stay ahead of the game and here are some of the best ways to make sure that you do:

  • Talk to other professional poker players in out poker forum.
  • Get poker coaching on a regular basis
  • Watch poker training videos to help keep your game sharp.


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    Play against the fish

    Not enough players go out of their way to play as many fish as possible. Good table selection will have a huge impact on your win rate and as a professional poker player you want to ensure that you maximize your hourly rate as well as keep variance to an absolute minimum.

    Below is a screen shot taken from a poker room called BetOnline.com and it show's what a great table looks like for you to play poker at as there are so many fish in the game. Fish can easily be found in cash games as they are often just sat with less than a full buy in in their stack.

    It's very important to not let your ego as a poker player get the better of you. Having the discipline to keep swapping out tables when the fish bust out or leave and keep bringing in good tables like the one above will help you make the most money that you can whilst at the table.

    So there you have a solid plan laid out if you want to know how to become a professional poker player.

    Best of luck on your journey and I hope you run good when you play.



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