Factors Amateur Poker Players Don’t Consider Before Going Pro
Poker operators have done a great job in recent years in marketing and promoting the game of poker to new markets.
As a result, they have tapped into a new demographic of young players who are very impressed when they see poker pros win life changing sums of money playing land based poker tournaments and online poker tournaments.
It is not surprising that today more than ever, hundreds of young amateur poker players are pursuing the dream of becoming a professional poker player and making a living travelling the world and playing poker.
Challenges a New Poker Player May Face
While it is certainly not wrong to pursue your dream of becoming a full time poker pro, most amateur poker players do not factor in the challenges they will face on a day-to-day basis.
1. You Will Lose More Than You Win
Amateur poker players need to realize they will very likely end up losing more money than they win in the first few years of playing poker full time. If they are not prepared for the losses and don’t have a proper financial plan in place, then they could find themselves in financial trouble and quickly realise that full time poker is not for them.
Count the costs carefully before you embark on your journey of being a professional poker player. This will also enable you to know how much money you can spend each month on your bankroll and thereby help you with poker tournament selection.
2. You Will Find More Stress Than Rest
When you decide to make a living playing poker full time, it becomes essential for you to win each and every month in order for you to pay your bills, fund your bankroll and travel to different poker tournaments. When you don’t win, you don’t get money and you automatically find yourself under pressure.
If you don’t factor in the amount of stress you are going to experience playing poker full time, you are going to be in for a rude awakening. Sure there are players who win a decent pile of money at the start but most players have to grind hard for years before they accumulate a decent bankroll. Prepare for the worst but expect the best.
3. You Will Find Loneliness
If you are preparing for full time poker, prepare to be lonely a lot of the time. Whether you are travelling to land based poker events or spending hours in front of your computer playing online poker, you are going to be spending a lot of alone time.
So don’t forget to think about these challenges before you make your decision of becoming a full time poker pro!