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How long does it take to become a professional player can - Wed Nov 30, 2011, 02:35 PM
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I'm going to put all the related poker book a few times, and then playing every day 3-4 hours a day to the 4 hours, do not know this way, adhere to the many long time can be a professional player.
 
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Wed Nov 30, 2011, 03:02 PM
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about 6 more hours and you will be good to go
 
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Wed Nov 30, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Before we ask the question 'how long does it take to become', let's first ask ourselves this:

What defines a Professional Poker Player?

In my mind it's purely a statement of financial status. Therefore I'll put forward the definition that:

'A Professional poker player is a person that can support himself financially by generating an income from playing poker'

Knowledge of game is important. It's good to read books and watch videos, but it's not enough if somebody desires to become a pro. There are other skills that are needed including:
  • 1. Bankroll Building & Management
  • 2. Planning
  • 3. Time Management
  • 4. Organisational Skills
  • 5. Communication Skills
  • 6. Contingency Planning

and many other things to consider.

Pro Players make many sacrifices in life. In order to make money from the game many have to relocate to where the action is at. A large chunk of the year is spent away from home and from loved ones.

Each of the above are foundation stones. There are probably others I'm unaware of. Have them in place and you have a good foundation on which to start building a solid career in the world of poker.

As for how long will it take? Well, that will vary for each individual and depend on their ability to put the above into place.

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Wed Nov 30, 2011, 06:12 PM
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Its took me a month.
 
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Wed Nov 30, 2011, 06:26 PM
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I was born a Pro - i just got worse over time. lol B
 
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Thu Dec 01, 2011, 12:23 AM
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Realistically, less than 1% of players are capable of playing at a high enough level to make a living wage.

Being a pro poker player is a tough row to hoe, search the forums for some expert advice.

 
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Thu Dec 01, 2011, 12:33 AM
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The old rule of thumb is this:
"If you have to ask,your not ready"!

It is a common question asked on a lot of poker forums and this is usually the number one reply.
Short and sweet and it kind of jolts the person asking the question.

You can go through the Pokerstars team to give you a idea as they have bios you can read.
A lot of the pros are from 2005-2006 era when money was flying around and they could play without worrying of going broke as much as it factors in today. The micros are so much harder now and we all dream of the day the fish come back.

Most people I see spend a year before they realize they need to learn some more about poker.
The next 6 months they improve a lot but they are not ready to go Pro.
The drive is immense and you need to live and breathe poker. Dwan is a classic example!
Look at who he talked hands with when he started out?
 
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Thu Dec 01, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by royalraise85 View Post
What defines a Professional Poker Player?

In my mind it's purely a statement of financial status. Therefore I'll put forward the definition that:
That is 100% incorrrect. All I need to say is Jamie Gold.

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Realistically, less than 1% of players are capable of playing at a high enough level to make a living wage.
I don't really like to think about it that way, although it might be correct. The way I look at it, out of all the people that have attempted making a living off of poker, the percentage that accomplishes it is much higher than 1%. Browsing the 2+2 forums it seems like every other poster is someone making some sort of living off poker.

Last edited by RockerguyAA; Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:56 AM.. Reason: added Joy's quote
 
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Thu Dec 01, 2011, 02:25 PM
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thank you!
 

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