Thinking about becoming a professional poker player? Think anybody can do it? Think again. Becoming a pro takes years of practice. You need to know the game inside out and know how to read people. To play professionally you need to be able to grind it out. Having the discipline to sit and play for long amounts of time and staying focused even when the cards are not going your way.
In the world of poker, there are a fair amount of players that can grind it out when they need to. When these players are in action they can sit at a table for hours, and play solid poker the entire time. The things that makes a player better than average is the ability to read people, folding when you know your beat and capitalizing when you have the best hand.
Problems arise for the other people who are trying to grind it out, when he or she starts feeling lucky and they begin to play hands they shouldn’t. Even if they get lucky a few times and win with cards they know they shouldn’t have played. Sometimes boredom becomes a problem, and if you are thinking about becoming a professional poker player, you cannot get bored: to be successful you have to be disciplined and grind it out hand after hand.
Many people think that playing poker for a living means sitting at a table and winning constantly. He or she thinks that they can sit down for an hour and get a red hot streak of cards, and leave with four times the amount of money they came with. Sounds great, and if it happened all the time like that, no one would have a regular job. We would all be playing poker for a living. Being a great poker player you have to be able to take the good days with the bad. Sticking it out and continuing to play when you have lost four times the amount you came with.
The reality is that a professional poker player has to play exceptionally for hours at a time, and for days, weeks, months, and years, at a time, to make a living from poker. You are not going to sit and win every time you play. You have to be solid and consistent and really know the ins and outs of poker.
Playing poker for ten hours and not playing a single hand is what a true grinder does. There will be times when you win big and there will be times when you can’t get the cards you need to come your way. The ability to show discipline will help get you through those times when the cards aren’t going your way.
To become a professional poker player means you can’t compromise your playing style. You have to play an intelligent form of poker all the time. You can’t take risks that statistically are not worth taking. The pot may be massive, but if you don’t have the cards you need to be able to lay the hand down.