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The four steps you need to take into account to become a poker professional

Anybody that wants to play poker for a living has made a conscious decision to try, but how exactly do you know it is the right time and what characteristics do you need to become a professional? Here, we will take a look at these points in more detail.

You need dedication

Playing poker for a living sounds like the dream job to many new budding players. If you have made the decision to go pro, you probably love the game and know that you are good enough to make the right amount of money to live. However, before you make this potential life-changing decision, speak to a seasoned grinder who has been making a living from poker for a few years. They will probably tell you that the game they once enjoyed playing has now become like a job to them. While it may start out as the ideal role, playing poker for a living can quickly become tedious, and as it is not a guaranteed salary is only suitable as a career choice to a select few.


Always look for ways to improve

Even the best players are always looking for different ways to improve their game. The day you start thinking that you know everything will be the day that you start can no longer progress because other players will get better, and you will stay the same. Furthermore, do not think that just playing poker means that you are learning. You should be reading books, checking over your past hand summaries and watching training videos almost every single day. In fact, a lot of the professional's set aside one or two hours a day to learn before they hit the tables.


Commit to the game

Unfortunately, when you start out grinding playing online poker, you are going to have to play a lot of hours for a small return unless you are one of the lucky few that has a large starting bankroll. For instance, say you have £500 to play with you should be playing £5 or £10 sit and go's depending on your preference. In order to make a living from these stakes you would need to learn to play a lot of tables for many hours.  It is only when you start to increase your stakes (when your bankroll allows) that you might be able to decrease the number of hours you play.


Become organised

The majority of the very best players in the world are really well organised. Every player who wants to be considered a professional will have to keep close tabs on their income, profit per game, bankroll, schedule and just about any other point you would generally associate with running your own business. If you do not treat playing poker as a business of sorts, you will probably miss out on something very important. For instance, if you are experiencing a harsh downswing, all the signs may point to you having to lower your stakes, but if you are not organised, then you would probably miss this point, and that could lead to all sorts of problems.

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