The Truth About Being a Professional Poker Player

Many people ask me about what it is like to be become a professional poker player. And as somebody who played poker professionally online for 10+ years, I have a little bit to say about it!Is it all about sitting at the beach sipping pina coladas living the easy life while you hop online for a couple hours a week, crush some souls and print money?Or maybe you hop in your private jet to play in the big game in Vegas after a relaxing weekend in the French Riviera?Unfortunately, the reality for most poker pros is quite a bit different than this.And unfortunately there are also tons of myths and even downright misinformation out there about what it is truly like to become a professional poker player.Short Answer: No, the life of a poker pro isn’t like what you saw on Instagram or YouTube, with million dollar tournaments and a life of total freedom traveling the world. In fact, for most professional poker players, their day to day life is nothing like this at all, and it is a lot less glamorous than you might think.So in this article I am going to finally dispel some of the ridiculous myths out there about what it is like being a professional poker player, and give you the reality of it, from someone who has done it.This is the truth about what it is like to be a professional poker player.
1. You Probably Won’t Win at Poker

Let’s start with the most important point of all. And hey let’s face it, nobody really wants to talk about this!But I think it is rather important.And that is the simple fact that most people don’t even win at this game in the first place over the long run.Poker is a hard game to beat these days, and for a variety of reasons, most people end up losing more than they win.In fact, as I have discussed before, at least 70% of people lose at poker over the long run.And the large majority of those that actually do manage to win are only very small winners, just above break even.If we are talking about “going pro,” it is probably 5% or less of all people who play poker who are significant enough winners in order to even consider it.Bottom line:Most people don’t even win at poker over the long run.It should of course go without saying that a major pre-requisite of becoming a professional poker player is being a proven long term big winner.So for the large majority of people who play this game, becoming a professional poker player will just never be possible.
2. You Probably Won’t Survive as a Professional Poker Player

But here’s the other perhaps far more important part about becoming a professional poker player that nobody mentions very often either.Even if you do manage to become part of that small group of elite winners in this game, it’s really tough to stay on top and survive in this game over the long run.I can’t even begin to tell you the number of so called “poker pros” that I have seen come and go over the years.For a variety of reasons (which I will discuss later on in this article), most of them didn’t last. In fact, most of them don’t even last one year before it is too much for them.You need to be 100% self-driven and have a superhuman work ethic in order to survive in this game as a pro. You also need the mental stamina and the emotional control of a Buddhist monk.You also need to be constantly studying and improving your game if you want to stay on top.For example, you need to be putting in the long hours away from the tables finding your leaks and fixing them in PokerTracker.The bottom line is that for most professional poker players, the game is all-consuming if you actually want to stay ahead of the competition and make it in this game over the long run.This is why most don’t last.
3. Being a Poker Pro Can Be Really Lonely

The other thing they never tell you about what it is like to be a professional poker player is that it is really, really lonely most of the time.Poker is simply not a team sport and the sad truth is that at the end of the day nobody actually cares about your wins or losses. They only care about their own.And so most online poker pros end up spending long hours in a room (often by themselves), with nobody to really interact with or ever feel like they are part of something bigger.For somebody like myself who is fiercely independent and doesn’t really require too much company or interaction with others in order to be happy, this was never a huge deal.But I am well aware that this isn’t the case for most people. Most people enjoy being part of a “team” and they also enjoy the camaraderie of the office for example, at least to some degree.If this is the kind of person that you are, becoming an online poker pro is probably not going to be the best choice for you.What about live poker though?There is more social interaction if you are a live poker pro, playing in a casino. With that said though, nobody at the poker table is really your friend.While you can get more face to face human interaction in a live poker game, at the end of the day, you are there to take their chips, and they are there to take yours.
4. Becoming a Professional Poker Player Requires Incredible Mental Strength

As a professional poker player, your entire life will become one big emotional roller coaster. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons why most don’t make it over the long run (5 years, 10 years etc).What do I mean by this?I am talking about the never-ending ups and downs that are inherently built into the game of poker. And it doesn’t matter how good you are, they will always exist.By the way, if you want to know the mental habits of good poker players, I discuss it more in this video:

Here’s the reality of being a poker pro though.It is really difficult to win one day, lose the next day, and I am talking large sums of money for most professional poker players, sometimes 10k+ swings each day.It is very difficult to just mentally remove these results from your mind each day and carry on as if nothing happened.Because one day you are on top of the world and the next day you are down in the dumps. And this cycle of emotional ups and downs never ends.This is why I always suggest being extremely well bankrolled as a professional poker player, and ignoring your short term results completely, if possible.
5. Lengthy Downswings Crush Most Poker Pros

But most real poker pros can actually handle the day to day swings. It’s not the end of the world. You still ride the emotional roller coaster, but it is manageable.The real danger for professional poker players is actually lengthy “downswings.” A downswing by the way is what we refer to in poker as an extended losing streak.These soul crushing downswings happen to everybody. You hit a really bad patch of variance (poor short term luck with the cards), and you literally can’t win a hand for days, weeks or even months.If you are a tournament pro, downswings can even last years!As a cash game pro I have personally had multiple 100k+ hand stretches during my professional poker career where it felt like I would never win another hand again.And I have some of the best results of all time at the micro stakes online!Ya, variance can be absolutely brutal in this game. Much worse than most people think.And the longer these downswings go on, the more difficult it is to handle it mentally as a pro without a good support network.And like I mentioned already, unfortunately most professional poker players don’t really have a great support system. For the most part you will be on your own to deal with it.
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6. The Game Isn’t Nearly as Fun for a Poker Pro Compared to an Amateur

One of the biggest things I noticed when I first became a professional poker player in 2007 was that the game was not nearly as fun as it used to be.Because after all, now I played poker to pay the bills.And this quite frankly, changes everything.It wasn’t just a hobby anymore. And this meant bad beats hurt a bit more and I found myself getting frustrated with amateurs more easily.The bottom line is that when you change poker from a hobby to a profession, there is something fundamental that changes about the game for you.It is no longer just idle entertainment or a fun hobby to pass the time like watching Netflix or playing video games is for example.No, poker is now a job to you and you also have to win.Now, hopefully you didn’t rush into going pro and you actually are a proven winning poker player, but regardless, you will still never look at the game in the same way.
7. Making Good Friends in Poker is Difficult

Alright, I don’t want to throw all poker players under the bus here, as I have met a lot of really good people, especially in my travels. And some of my very best friends are poker players.But I would be lying if I tried to say that everybody in poker is a fine upstanding individual. In fact, I usually go out of my way to avoid making friends with most poker players!Because the reality is that poker does tend to attract a lot of people who are looking for a get rich quick scheme, instead of viewing poker as a serious long term pursuit.Also, as I just mentioned above, most poker players are on a permanent emotional rollercoaster depending on how their results have been lately, so they aren’t the most mentally stable people either.There is also a ton of money that gets liberally tossed around (lended) in poker and, well, it doesn’t always end well let’s just say.People sometimes disappear with your money, and it seems like there is a new scam of the week at times, whether it is multi-accounting, super-using, collusion or some other form of cheating in poker.Heck, sometimes the poker rooms themselves are even in on some form of cheating!The bottom line is that if you are looking to surround yourself with a bunch of morally upstanding well adjusted happy people, you might want to find another game.It is an unfortunate truth that poker simply does not typically attract the best sort of people.
8. Most Professional Poker Players Are Not Rich

Another common misconception is that most professional poker players are rich. This also couldn’t be further from the truth.Firstly, as I just mentioned, borrowing or pooling money is so prevalent these days, especially in high stakes poker games, that very few poker players actually have 100% of themselves (or even close to it for that matter).For example, most of the time when you see that guy win the $5 million dollar tournament he will actually be lucky to keep $1 million himself after he pays off all his backers and the taxman (depending on the country/jurisdiction).This is not even to mention paying off all the losses for all the tournaments that they didn’t even cash in, along with travel expenses like hotel rooms and flights.The bottom line is that most poker players are not nearly as rich as they make it out to be and most of them are highly leveraged in the games that they play in.In fact, there are many well known professional poker players who are chronically broke and only appear to be “rich” on their Instagram profiles.
9. Most Professional Poker Players Actually Make a Pretty Average Salary

In fact, if you really want to know the truth, most poker players make a very average salary of say between $20k and $100k per year.On the bottom end of this scale, you can barely survive these days in any first world Western country. This is why many online poker pros move to a much cheaper place like Thailand or Mexico for example.But even on the higher end of this scale, $100k per year is not exactly amazing money anymore these days, again, assuming you live in a Western country like the UK, USA, Canada etc.The other thing is that most professional poker players do not have much of a safety net. They don’t have a college degree for example or any other real world skills.Professional poker players also don’t get a medical plan, a retirement plan or any of the other perks often associated with a more traditional career.So it is quite a big risk to take to become a professional poker player when the potential ceiling on your earnings for most poker pros is not even very high these days.It is really only a handful of nosebleed stakes poker pros that actually can afford to live the wealthy lifestyle with the exotic cars, world travel, buy that NYC penthouse apartment and so on.The large majority of poker pros are actually stuck grinding out minimum wage at NL25 online or $1/$2 live. I did it for years myself, as I talk about in my latest book, The Micro Stakes Playbook.And believe me, while it does give you a bit more “freedom” than a traditional office job for example, it is far from glamorous and feels like a never-ending grind just the same.
10. Your Freedom is Limited

This next point is perhaps one of the biggest ridiculous myths about being a professional poker player, especially if you play online.Sure, in theory, you can travel the world, play whenever you want and where ever you want, sip pina coladas on the beach all day and so on.After all, I do post this sort of lifestyle on my Instagram a lot these days.But what most people don’t see is the 10+ year buildup to get to this level, and all the blood, sweat and tears involved.The millions and millions of hands played. The endless hours studying, improving and working on my game. The 15+ hours a day, 7 days a week grind for years and years with next to zero social life.They also don’t see the incredible amount of work that went into creating the teaching business I built (thousands of blog posts, three published poker strategy books, hundreds of videos etc).Because I knew that putting all my eggs in one basket like most poker pros do (only relying on poker winnings), is a pretty bad idea.I have discussed all this before by the way in my big “10 years as a poker pro” post.The bottom line is that most people are simply just not willing to put in this level of commitment in my experience. But this is the price to be paid if you want real long term success in this game.Secondly, you can’t just play poker from anywhere in the world anymore.With online poker for example, you are limited in what sites you can play on in many jurisdictions like America or Australia.And if you play live, while there are casinos all over the world, realistically if you want to be a live professional poker player, you need to be in a few select places like Las Vegas or Macau.This is because this is where you will be able to find the most consistent action and games running at any time of the day.But you still won’t be completely “free” as a poker pro because there will always be better times to be playing than others. You need to be playing in the best games (most fish), in order to maximize your winnings.For example, I live in SE Asia most of the year (Thailand, Bali, Philippines etc), and so I can’t just online poker play any time I want.And this is because most of the fish are from North America and Europe (i.e. not my timezone!), and so I often need to play either very early in the morning or very late at night.Even if you play live poker for a living in Las Vegas, there are always going to be better times to play than others.Such as a Saturday night for example, when all your friends want to go out and have a big night on the town.As a professional poker player though, you need to be at the poker tables grinding out those tourist dollars instead.
11. Poker is Not Easy Anymore

This last point is arguably the most important of all especially for all you younger aspiring professional poker players out there who are reading this.Poker is a lot harder today than it was when I was first coming up in this game over 10 years ago.No longer can you just hop on a couple low stakes games online for example and expect to be surrounded by a bunch of huge clueless fish waiting to give you all their money.Quite the contrary actually.Even in very low stakes games these days (both online and live), you can expect to encounter many serious poker players, some of whom are even full time pros.Many of them will be using a poker HUD to get stats on you and fix their leaks away from the tables. This is something I have been recommending for years, especially if you are a serious online poker player.

Some of them may also study to improve their game away from the tables and even learn some advanced poker strategy just like you do.So it is by no means a walk in the park anymore to crush these games. It is a lot of work to stay ahead of these players and average winrates have generally decreased as a result of this as well.Rakeback programs have also declined in recent years if you play online. And the player pool has been split due to government regulation, making it harder to always find good games.Bottom line: Is poker still profitable? Sure, for those willing to work really hard and put in a lot of work improving their game away from the tables as well.But the “golden era” easy money days are long gone. You gotta really want it much more than the next guy these days.
Should You Become a Professional Poker Player?

So should you become a professional poker player? Is there any bright side here?Honestly, I would say for 99% of the people reading this right now, the answer I would recommend is no, keep you day job or stay in school.Heck, if you really want to be smart, start an online business, learn about digital marketing, learn Amazon FBA, learn content marketing, start streaming on Twitch, start a YouTube channel etc. (by the way, here is my poker YouTube channel).Because honestly, there are many much easier ways to make a good to great income these days online (if this is your goal), besides online poker.But hey believe me, I get it. Many poker players have a big dream of making it as a poker pro one day. It’s totally natural, especially once you start winning to at least harbour the thought.However, many poker players also tend to over-estimate their abilities substantially. This is especially the case if they run hot for a few weeks or a few months.Many of them also severely under-estimate just how big of a mental toll this game will take on you when you choose to play it for a living day in and day out.The cold hard reality is that most people don’t even win at this game in the first place. And if if they do manage to turn a profit, almost nobody survives as a poker pro over the long run.Now with all of that said, I was that stubborn young kid once and there was nobody on this earth who was going to tell me that I couldn’t make it as a poker pro.I will move mountains, I don’t care what they say.My own family told me I was crazy and that I was throwing my life away. I just used it as fuel for my fire.And if this sounds like you who is reading this right now, then don’t listen to me.Follow your dreams instead.Because the reality is that some people do make it in this game. Some people do manage to win big over the long run and make it as a professional poker player.I hope this article has given you a bit of perspective about just how hard that is. I nearly quit/lost my mind countless times.That would be a story for a whole different article that I may write one day.But through all the insane ups and downs, the torment, the self-doubt, the haters, the brutal downswings, I came out the other side on top.And this game did in fact change my life.I have been traveling the world non-stop for almost 10 years now. I also haven’t had an alarm clock or a boss in over a decade now.And I live my life the way I want to live it, every single day.Because a long time ago I had a crazy dream and goal to become a poker pro. And there was nobody on this earth that was going to tell me that I couldn’t do it.
Final Thoughts

The truth about what it is like to become a professional poker player is often far removed from the fantasyland of million dollar final tables and a life of fame and total freedom that many people think it is.The reality is that most people do not even win at poker in the long term, and most professional poker players do not last either, for a variety of reasons.One of the biggest of those reasons is that playing poker professionally is a constant emotional rollercoaster and the lengthy downswings may even have you questioning your sanity at times.Furthermore, poker does feel much more like a job when you choose to go pro, it is difficult to make quality friends in this game, and the financial ceiling isn’t nearly as high as most people think.Lastly, the games are quite a bit tougher to beat these days, and you need to put in a lot of long hard hours both at the tables, and away from them, in order to continually stay on top.This means a continued commitment to learning and studying the latest cutting edge advanced poker strategies.Now with all that said, I don’t want this entire article to be all doom and gloom though. Becoming a professional poker player does in fact work out well for a small amount of people.It changed my entire life for example and gave me the ability to work for myself (be my own boss) and travel the world as well, two things I cherish deeply.But it has been anything but “easy” and it is difficult to put into words the emotional toll it took at times and the amount of work that went into it.The reality is that most people should just keep …

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เงินเดือนผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพ (อาจทำให้คุณตกใจ)

ผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านโป๊กเกอร์เป็นเพียงไม่กี่เหตุผลที่คุณต้องเป็นหนึ่งในผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ดีที่สุดในโลกอย่างถูกกฎหมายเพื่อเอาชนะสิทธินี้อย่างต่อเนื่อง เงินเดือนประจำปีของนักโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพล่ะ? พวกเขามักจะนำกลับบ้านเท่าไหร่ตลอดทั้งปีปฏิทิน? มันขึ้นอยู่กับปริมาณที่ใส่เข้าไป หรือจะพูดเป็นภาษาอังกฤษธรรมดาว่าพวกเขาเล่นเกมโป๊กเกอร์กี่เกม ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์บางคนขี้เกียจเล็กน้อยและพยายามจ่ายเงินโดยใช้ความพยายามน้อยที่สุด เพราะหลังจากนั้นพวกเขาก็ทำได้ นั่นคือส่วนที่ดีที่สุดในการเป็นมือโปรโป๊กเกอร์ ในช่วงหลายปีแรกของการเล่นโป๊กเกอร์แบบมืออาชีพฉันได้ลงมือทำจริง นั่นคือใช้ความพยายามน้อยที่สุด การเล่นเพียงสองสามชั่วโมงในวันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์ก็เพียงพอที่จะจ่ายบิลของฉัน แต่ในที่สุดฉันก็รู้ว่าฉันฉลาดขึ้นและจำเป็นต้องจริงจังกับโป๊กเกอร์มากขึ้น และในที่สุดอาชีพนักโป๊กเกอร์ของฉันก็เริ่มปรากฏขึ้น และเงินเดือนประจำปีของผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพที่เดิมพันสูงอาจสูงถึง 500,000 ดอลลาร์และ 10,000,000 ดอลลาร์หรือมากกว่าต่อปี แต่เป็นอีกครั้งที่มีผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เพียงไม่กี่คนที่สามารถเอาชนะเกมเดิมพันสูงที่เต็มไปด้วยผู้เชี่ยวชาญระดับโลกได้อย่างต่อเนื่อง สร้างรายได้ $ 1,000 ต่อเดือนสำหรับเกมโป๊กเกอร์เดิมพันต่ำด้วยแผ่นโกงโป๊กเกอร์ฟรีของฉัน คุณมีปัญหาในการป้องกันเกมโป๊กเกอร์ออนไลน์หรือถ่ายทอดสดหรือไม่? คุณต้องการสร้างรายได้นอกเวลาแบบคงที่จากการเล่นเกมเหล่านี้หรือไม่? นั่นคือเหตุผลที่ฉันเขียนแผ่นโกงโป๊กเกอร์สั้น ๆ 50 หน้าฟรีนี้เพื่อให้คุณมีกลยุทธ์ที่แน่นอนในการเริ่มต้นทำเงิน $ 1,000 (หรือมากกว่า) ต่อเดือนในเกมโป๊กเกอร์ที่มีเดิมพันต่ำในตอนนี้ นี่คือกลวิธีการเล่นโป๊กเกอร์แบบเดียวกับที่ฉันใช้มานานกว่า 10 ปีของโป๊กเกอร์ และฉันจะอธิบายทุกอย่างให้คุณทีละขั้นตอนในคำแนะนำฟรีนี้ เพียงกรอกรายละเอียดของคุณด้านล่างแล้วฉันจะส่งแผ่นโกงโป๊กเกอร์ฟรีไปที่กล่องจดหมายของคุณทันที จะเพิ่มเงินเดือนของคุณในฐานะนักโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพได้อย่างไร? หากคุณเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพอยู่แล้วหรือกำลังวางแผนที่จะเป็นหนึ่งคุณจะเพิ่มเงินเดือนได้อย่างไร? วิธีที่ง่ายที่สุดคือเพิ่มระดับทักษะของคุณ ตัวอย่างเช่นมีโปรแกรมการฝึกอบรมโป๊กเกอร์ระดับไฮเอนด์หลายโปรแกรมเช่น Upswing Poker Lab ซึ่งสอนโดยผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพที่ประสบความสำเร็จมากที่สุดในปัจจุบัน พวกเขาสอนเทคนิคขั้นสูงให้กับคุณคุณจำเป็นต้องรู้วิธีเอาชนะคู่ต่อสู้บนโต๊ะโป๊กเกอร์สำหรับแหล่งผลิตไวน์ให้ได้มากที่สุด ฉันขอแนะนำให้ศึกษาวิดีโอของ Upswing Poker Lab เป็นเวลาหนึ่งหรือสองเดือนทุกคืน (โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งในส่วนขั้นสูงของหลักสูตร) ​​และ WinRate ของคุณ (วัดเป็น 100 blinds ต่อ 100 มือ) จะเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างมากในช่วงระยะเวลาการสมัครใหม่สำหรับ Upswing Poker Lab ที่ลิงค์ของฉันด้านบนรับสิทธิ์เข้าถึงซีรีส์วิดีโอ 9 ตอนของฉันฟรีซึ่งคุณสามารถรับชมสดของฉันได้ (6+ ชั่วโมงสัมผัสกับแต่ละมือ) คุณจะเห็นโดยตรงว่าฉันสร้างชัยชนะที่ยิ่งใหญ่ที่สุดตลอดกาลได้อย่างไรในเกมออนไลน์ MicroStacks เหล่านี้ ส่งอีเมลฉบับย่อพร้อมหลักฐานการซื้อของคุณสำหรับ Upswing Poker Lab: แล้วฉันจะส่งหลักสูตรวิดีโอให้คุณฟรี หรืออีกนัยหนึ่งยิ่งผู้เล่นมีประสิทธิภาพมากเท่าไหร่ค่าจ้างเฉลี่ยต่อชั่วโมงก็จะสูงขึ้นเท่านั้น ในฐานะผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพหากคุณต้องการอยู่เหนือเกมฉันขอแนะนำให้ลงทุนในความรู้เกี่ยวกับโป๊กเกอร์ของคุณด้วยการเรียนรู้เทคนิคใหม่ล่าสุดที่ซับซ้อน กลับไปสู่พื้นฐานจะเป็นอย่างไรหากคุณยังเพิ่งเริ่มต้นและดิ้นรนเพื่อรับส่วนแบ่งต่ำ? หากคุณยังคงดิ้นรนกับเกณฑ์ที่ต่ำคุณอาจยังไม่พร้อมสำหรับอะไรขั้นสูงเช่นห้องทดลองที่แกว่งไปมา คุณต้องแน่ใจว่าคุณเชี่ยวชาญพื้นฐานก่อน ในกรณีนี้ฉันขอแนะนำให้ดูหนังสือกลยุทธ์การเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ขายดีที่สุดของฉัน Crushing the Microstakes และหลักสูตรวิดีโอ ichlika ที่มาพร้อมกับมัน ที่นี่ฉันจะสอนเทคนิคโป๊กเกอร์พื้นฐานที่คุณต้องใช้เพื่อเริ่มต้นเพื่อเอาชนะขีด จำกัด ล่างด้วยความมั่นใจและเพิ่มเงินเดิมพัน เนื่องจากฉันมีผลการแข่งขันที่ดีที่สุดทางออนไลน์ในเกมเหล่านี้ตลอดเวลาคุณจึงรู้ว่าคุณกำลังเรียนรู้กลยุทธ์ที่ดีที่สุดเพื่อเอาชนะเกมที่ใหญ่ที่สุดเหล่านี้ สุดท้ายนี้ผมขอแนะนำให้ใช้โปรแกรมติดตามโป๊กเกอร์ที่ดีเช่น PokerTracker เพื่อตรวจสอบมือของคุณและศึกษาคู่ต่อสู้ของคุณ ในช่วงหลายปีที่ผ่านมาฉันใช้เวลานับไม่ถ้วนในการปรับปรุงเกมโป๊กเกอร์ของฉันจากโต๊ะบน PokerTracker และนั่นคือหนึ่งในกุญแจสู่ความสำเร็จของฉัน ภาษีผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพตอนนี้หลายคนถามฉันว่าผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพต้องจ่ายภาษีอะไรบ้าง และตรงไปตรงมานี่เป็นคำถามที่ยากสำหรับฉันที่จะตอบเพราะคำถามนี้แตกต่างกันไปขึ้นอยู่กับว่าคุณอาศัยอยู่ที่ไหน (หรือถิ่นที่เสียภาษีของคุณอยู่ที่ไหน) ตัวอย่างเช่นบางประเทศมองว่าการชนะโป๊กเกอร์เป็น “โชคลาภการพนัน” เนื่องจากพวกเขาได้รับโชคในวงจรรูเล็ตดังนั้นจึงไม่ต้องเสียภาษี ประเทศอื่น ๆ ให้คำจำกัดความว่าโป๊กเกอร์เป็นเกมทักษะที่ได้รับการพิสูจน์แล้วดังนั้นจึงทำให้ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพยื่นแบบแสดงรายการภาษี ภาษีสำหรับผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพนั้นเป็นพื้นที่สีเทาขนาดใหญ่ที่เปิดให้ตีความได้ หากคุณเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพสิ่งที่ดีที่สุดที่ควรทำในทุกกรณีนี้คือปรึกษากับผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านภาษีที่มีความสามารถและโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งผู้ที่มีประสบการณ์เฉพาะในการจัดการกับรายได้ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับโป๊กเกอร์หรือการพนัน นี่เป็นทางออกที่ดีที่สุดของคุณเพื่อให้แน่ใจว่าคุณปฏิบัติตามกฎหมายภาษีทั้งหมดที่บังคับใช้กับผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพในเขตอำนาจศาลที่คุณอาศัยอยู่ นอกจากนี้ยังจะสามารถช่วยคุณตั้งที่อยู่อาศัยทางภาษีที่เป็นประโยชน์มากขึ้นหากคุณลดภาระภาษีของโป๊กเกอร์หากมี (ติดต่อผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านภาษี) ดังที่ได้กล่าวไปแล้วคุณมีโอกาสเป็นอย่างไรในการเป็นนักโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพในปัจจุบัน? มีกี่คนที่ต้องกังวลเกี่ยวกับสิ่งเหล่านี้? จริงๆแล้วโอกาสในการเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพนั้นต่ำมาก ดังที่ได้กล่าวไปเมื่อเร็ว ๆ นี้ในบล็อกนี้ความเป็นจริงของการเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพในปัจจุบันนั้นแตกต่างจากการรับรู้ทั่วไป และคนส่วนใหญ่ไม่ประสบความสำเร็จในฐานะผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพด้วยเหตุผลหลายประการ ในความเป็นจริงคนส่วนใหญ่ไม่ชนะโป๊กเกอร์ตั้งแต่แรกในระยะยาว! เนื่องจากโป๊กเกอร์เป็นเกมที่ยากมากในการติดตามจากมุมมองทางเทคนิคและทางจิตวิทยา เรื่องนี้ถูกพูดถึงหลายครั้งโดยผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านโป๊กเกอร์ระดับโลกอย่าง Daniel Negreanu คุณต้องทำงานหนักขับรถมีความสามารถตามธรรมชาติและมีท่าทีที่เยือกเย็นและผ่อนคลายตามลำดับเพื่อนำทางคุณผ่านจังหวะที่หลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้ คนส่วนใหญ่มีหนึ่ง แต่ไม่มีทั้งสองอย่าง การเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพเป็นทางเลือกอาชีพที่ยอดเยี่ยมสำหรับบางคน มันเปลี่ยนชีวิตทั้งชีวิตและให้อิสระในการท่องโลกและเป็นเจ้านายของตัวเอง แต่ความจริงก็คือมันใช้ไม่ได้กับคนส่วนใหญ่ ในความคิดของฉันคนส่วนใหญ่ควรเก็บงานประจำวันไว้ ความคิดสุดท้ายเงินเดือนของผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพโดยเฉลี่ยในทุกวันนี้คือเท่าไร? ถ้าคุณเป็นมือโปรโป๊กเกอร์ขนาดเล็กหรือขนาดกลางคุณสามารถคาดหวังค่าจ้างรายชั่วโมงโดยเฉลี่ยระหว่าง $ 20 ต่อชั่วโมงถึง $ 500 ต่อชั่วโมง ในทางกลับกันผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพทำมากกว่านี้เพราะพวกเขาเล่นโป๊กเกอร์เพื่อเงินมากขึ้น สำหรับโป๊กเกอร์โปรจ่ายรายปี อีกครั้งที่ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพรายย่อยหรือรายกลางมีรายได้ 25,000 ดอลลาร์ต่อปีและ 500,000 ดอลลาร์ต่อปี และโป๊กเกอร์มือโปรของหุ้นใหญ่ทำมากกว่านี้มากโดยปกติจะมากกว่า 7 ตัวเลขต่อปี การเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพในทุกวันนี้ไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายและต้องใช้ความอดทนและวินัยอย่างมาก ฉันจะไม่แนะนำให้คนส่วนใหญ่! โชคดีที่เป็นเรื่องง่ายที่จะเรียนรู้วิธีเริ่มต้นรายได้นอกเวลาที่ดีอย่างรวดเร็วจากโป๊กเกอร์ในปัจจุบันในขณะที่ยังคงทำงานประจำ หากคุณต้องการเรียนรู้วิธีสร้างรายได้ที่เหมาะสมกับเกมโป๊กเกอร์เดิมพันเล็ก ๆ น้อย ๆ ฉันขอแนะนำให้คุณรับแผ่นโกงโป๊กเกอร์ฟรีของฉัน .

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Professional Poker Player?

People often ask me how long does it take to become a professional poker player.
And as somebody who made a living as a poker pro for many years, I can provide some insight here on how long it takes for the average person to quit their job and be a poker pro.

But I must warn you that the amount of time to become a professional poker player is still going to vary tremendously from person to person depending on their skill level, work ethic and so on.Nevertheless, I am going to break it all down for you in this article. Here is how long it takes for a typical person to become a professional poker player.
What is a Professional Poker Player?

I think before we even begin though, we do need to define what exactly a professional poker player is. Because many people get it confused.

A professional poker player is simply: Somebody who pays all or the majority of their bills and expenses with their winnings from the poker table, rakeback and any other poker related endorsements or revenue.

As I have mentioned many times on this blog before, all smart professional poker players these days have realized the need to create several streams of income through the game.

This is why you will see many poker pros streaming live on Twitch these days for example. They are essentially killing two birds with one stone here.

They are making money playing poker and creating an income stream through Twitch subscriptions/selling merch/affiliate deals etc, at the same time. 

The same principle applies for somebody who is a “sponsored pro” at a poker site. The famous poker pro Daniel Negreanu was a long time sponsored pro at PokerStars for example.The poker site paid him to promote their brand while he plays poker. As a relatively unknown online poker pro, I have even had several sponsorship offers from well known poker sites myself.So you don’t need to be some world famous pro like Daniel Negreanu or Phil Ivey to do this. Anyways, I am not going to go into this any deeper in this article, because it is beyond the scope here.But I did want to make it clear that most poker pros actually make a substantial part of their income away from the poker tables these days. Many people do not realize this.

A professional poker player is somebody who makes the large portion of their income from poker related activities, including playing poker, as well as sponsorships, branding and so on.Those who do not branch out and just try to make it in today’s (often tough games) with their poker table winnings alone, usually don’t last.Smart poker pros have multiple income streams, not just playing the game.

How Long Does it Take the Average Person to Become a Professional Poker Player?

So with that definition of a poker pro out of the way, let’s get into the topic of how long it takes a typical person to become a professional poker player these days.

And I need to warn you right away, that this isn’t going to be the answer that most people reading this want to hear.

But in my experience, it will take a bare minimum of one year for the average person to become a professional poker player. 
This is the amount of time it will take both to learn the game at a world class level, and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are a consistent winning player.

Many people rush into becoming a professional poker player these days because they ran hot at the poker tables for a few weeks/months and in some cases they hate their day job as well.

This is almost always a terrible idea because a few weeks or even a few months is not long enough of a time period to prove conclusively that you are a winning poker player.

In fact, as I have mentioned many times before on this blog, I think you need to play a bare minimum sample size of 100,000 hands before coming to any conclusions about your poker results.Many people (most people actually) simply do not want to hear this. And that is fine, but it has absolutely no impact on the veracity of this statement.The long run in poker is much, much longer than what most people think.For many people who play online poker, playing 100k hands will take several months and for somebody who plays live, this might take them an entire calendar year.
But I have run the numbers over sample sizes in the millions in PokerTracker though over my 10+ year career as a pro.And I am confident that 100k is the very minimum sample size I would even consider before making any real conclusions about my poker results.And for me personally, I would play 500k hands, minimum, before deciding to make a life changing decision like becoming a professional poker player.By the way, for reference, when I first turned pro in 2007, I had already played over 2 million hands of poker at that point in my career, with consistently dominating results.Your Lifestyle and Expectations Are Big FactorsNow with all that said, I need to point out as well, that everybody has a different situation in life, different levels of expenses and so on.A single guy living in a low cost city like Bangkok for example is going to have a much easier time becoming a poker pro faster than a guy (or girl) with a family in an expensive city like LA.Why does this matter?Because the lower your expenses, the lower the stakes you will have to play to make it as a pro. Lower stakes games are always much easier to beat and therefore you can become a poker pro much faster. You also have to factor in your lifestyle and how much you need to feel comfortable.Are you cool driving a 15 year old Toyota or do you need to drive the latest BMW? Do you need to live in a luxury condo/huge house with a huge pool or can you get by in a small apartment?These are all factors that will influence how long it takes for you to become a poker pro.I have lived for as little as $500 a month before in a small city like Chiang Mai whereas when I go back to my hometown of Vancouver I could very easily spend $5000 per month.Guess which city it’s going to be easier for me to be a poker pro in?Poker Pros Must Have a Large Financial Safety NetYou also need to factor in your savings and investments. I always suggest having a large rainy day fund of at least 6 months living expenses or reasonably liquid assets on hand.This is completely separate from your poker bankroll and poker related expenses by the way.The reason why you need this is because it does not matter how good you are, poker is a very swingy game and you will go through extended losing streaks at times.You poker “salary” is not guaranteed, nor will you be receiving any benefits like medical, dental, retirement and so on that often come with a more traditional career path.So this is why it is extremely important that as a professional poker player you are better prepared financially than the average person in case of emergency (liquid assets/savings). All of this is stuff that only you know the answers to, your cost of living, your lifestyle expectations, how many mouths you have to feed, your current savings/investments and so on.This is why it is difficult for me to say how long it will take you to become a professional poker player. It might take 5 years for some people, it might take 5 months for another person.

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How Can You Speed Up the Time it Takes to Become a Professional Poker Player?

Now with all of that said, there is some good news if your goal is to become a professional poker player in a shorter period of time.

And that is, you can speed up your learning curve towards becoming a professional poker player tremendously by investing in your knowledge and understanding of the game early on in your career.

For example, I have written several best selling poker books like Crushing the Microstakes which are specifically targeted at beginners to help them quickly crush the lowest stakes games.There is even a 6+ hour video course that comes along with the book now where you can essentially just watch me play live while I crush my opponents and explain every single decision I make to you.By learning my proven strategies to crush these small stakes games you won’t have to waste months or even years of your time like most people do, struggling to figure out how to even win in these games.

When you learn to start winning right from the very start you will also be much more motivated to continue learning more advanced poker strategies and climb up the limits even faster.

This is going to help the average poker player tremendously in achieving their goal of becoming a professional poker player much faster.

Once you have learned how to smash all the “wild” players at the lower limits, you can continue on with your poker education for high limits by enrolling in a more advanced poker training program like The Upswing Poker Lab.

This is my #1 recommended advanced poker training program these days that will give you the cutting edge tools and strategies to start beating mid and even high stakes poker games.

The Upswing Poker Lab includes tons of advanced material like GTO poker theory, balancing your range, intro to solver analysis, understanding how to use blockers, count card combos and so on.Should You Hire a Poker Coach?And if you still want to take your game even further after all of this, you can also consider hiring a personal coach. This is something that I used to do.I have coached a lot of players in small stakes games in the past myself, 100+. And I have also hired high level technical and mental game coaches to help me improve my own game as well.In fact, many of the top poker pros in the world do a bit of 1 on 1 coaching on the side these days (this is also an extra form of income like I mentioned above).But this is also one of the absolute fastest ways to quickly improve your game. You are learning from the very best after all and getting custom advice from them as well, which is huge.There is one big downside though. It won’t be cheap!Many of the top high stakes poker pros these days will charge $1000 or more per hour because their knowledge and understanding of the game is in extreme high demand.Even hiring a coach for small stakes games is not cheap these days. Any qualified small stakes poker coach will charge at least $100 per hour. I do not personally coach anymore but I would charge a lot more than this if I did.So the bottom line is that hiring a coach isn’t cheap, but if money isn’t an object for you, then this is the absolute fastest way to quickly improve your game and become a poker pro yourself.

Is It Easy for a Normal Person to Become a Professional Poker Player?

Now with all of that said, I must say that it is still going to be pretty difficult for a normal person to become a poker pro these days. Most will simply not succeed.

And one of the biggest reasons why is because the games are not nearly as easy as they were several years ago.

This is because there are many people out there now who take this game just as seriously as you do, and also work hard on improving their game away from the tables.

This is why game selection has become so crucial. You need to be paying a lot of attention to what tables and poker sites you are playing on these days

You need to make sure that you are actively searching for the “fish” (bad players) and playing as many hands against them as possible.

Because whether you are an amateur or a pro, the large majority of your profit in poker is always going to come from these players.

Don’t make the mistake of consistently playing at tables full of other strong players! This is seriously one of the biggest mistakes that I see people making these days.They just play on any poker site and hop on any poker table that suits their fancy. This is a total disaster and it is why they don’t win.You need to choose to play at the easy poker sites instead. Because if you consistently play against the weak players you will profit a lot more.You also need to be chasing the fish around and making sure you are getting on their left. This is not earth shattering news to any poker pro reading this. In fact, they already know that it is part of the job.Most amateurs totally miss this absolutely crucial part of the game though. If you don’t take game selection seriously, your results in poker these days will suffer massively.

Final Thoughts

So how long does it take to become a professional poker player these days? Well, I would say that for the average person, it will take at least a year.

This is because it is important to be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a long term winning player before deciding to go pro.You can speed up the process by learning some advanced poker strategy.

But being a poker pro is not a decision you want to make rashly. Take your time and make sure that this is the right path for you to go down.

As somebody who has successfully done it for 10+ years, I know it can be tempting to want to take the leap as soon as you see some early success.

But believe me, this is a hard game to make it in. You need to make sure that you are ready, both from a technical understanding of the game, and from the mental side as well.

Because while the freedom and the money are both great parts of being a professional poker player, handling the swings is the most challenging part of it.You can’t learn that emotional and mental control over night. It takes time and experience. It is important to make sure that you are completely prepared.You should also have a deep war chest of savings and investments (rainy day fund) which is totally separate from your poker bankroll and poker related expenses.This is because poker is a very swingy game and therefore you need a large financial safety net to back you up during the extended losing streaks that all poker pros go through at times.

For the vast majority of people reading this article, I would recommend that you focus on creating a solid side income from poker while keeping your day job or staying in school.

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