Many poker players envy the lifestyle of pro poker player. I mean who wouldn’t want to earn a lot of money with the game he loves. Also don’t forget that you determine your own working hours. At first sight you would call it a dream job, but how do you become a professional? You can’t go to college and become one. Actually the case is that you proclaim yourself as a pro. To be honest there are even player who keep losing all the time, but still call themselves professional.
The first obvious reason why somebody would go pro is to make more money than he could earn with a regular job. To ascertain if somebody can make a living just with poker he needs to have documented how long he plays and how much he earns per hour. If he/she over a long period has earned more than he would at his standard job then he might decide to generate his money only through poker.
Now we will discuss the second reason why somebody would go pro.
Another reason for going pro is to have a lot of freedom and to be able to enjoy earning money with the game you love. However the most pro player see their poker career as a temporary job. Only a few actually see themselves earning money with poker for the rest of their lives.
Like anything in our life even this has its downside.
* You won’t get to know many people if you play poker only online
* Even today earning your money this way is in most cases not socially accepted
* After some time the game as your only income will become very monotone
* The pressure to need to win, or you will go broke
My advice is to go semi-professional. You will still earn a lot of money and have fun with the game, but at the same time you will have another source of income and that will take a lot of pressure from you.