Go Pro with Poker
There is a regular fad that occurs among amateur poker players. Some of them will suddenly think that they have what it takes to go pro, based solely on one lucky night. Most of them will rethink this decision and give up on it but some will continue on with it, sometimes with disastrous results. Read on and we’ll try to explain why.
The first thing you have to realize is that the world of professional poker is like a swimming pool filled with sharks. When you’re just starting out it’s like donning a swimsuit and jumping in. In time sure, you might become one of those sharks yourself, but you’re going to have to work hard to get there. But until then you will have to learn a lot of things.
First and foremost you need to learn how to manage your bankroll. That is the total amount of money you have and are willing to put on the line. Good management of your bankroll will allow you to survive the inevitable downswings that you will face. Because if you think you will have nothing but ups, you’ll be disappointed. Even top players sometimes have abysmal downswings that can sometimes cost them millions.
Another important factor is your emotional stability. You will have to learn how to deal with loss. If you’re the type of player who loses a hand to a bad draw and then complains about it for days on end, you’re not ready yet. Once you can control your emotions and forget and let go of a previous bad play, then you can start thinking about going professional. And even then this will start getting harder and harder. Everything changes when you’re suddenly gambling thousands of dollars per hand.
So before you make any rash decisions, think about everything we’ve laid out here. And we mean really ponder on this decision because the life of a professional poker player is not just fancy hotel rooms and first class tickets to competitions. It’s a lot of hard work and a rollercoaster of emotions. You might come out of it swinging or you might end up on the other side with empty pockets.