Poker operators have done an outstanding job over the past few years in promoting and marketing poker games to new markets.
Thanks to these efforts, they have broken into a new demographic of younger players who are impressed by seeing poker professionals winning life-changing amounts of money playing in physical and online poker tournaments.
It’s unsurprising that more than ever before, thousands of younger new poker players are pursuing a dream of becoming an export poker player and being able to make a living playing poker all over the world.
Here Are Some Obstacles an Amateur Poker Player Could Face:
It’s certainly not wrong to try pursuing a dream where you become a full-time poker professional, but the majority of new poker players don’t factor in the daily challenges of getting there.
Losing More Than You’ll Win
New poker players have to realise quickly that initially, they’re very likely to lose more cash than they win. This might happen for a couple of years into their full-time poker playing. If you’re not fully prepared to lose on an ongoing basis for a while then you might find yourself in financial difficulty and soon realise poker isn’t for you.
Keep track of the costs and be cautious before you start your journey to become a pro poker player. Give yourself the opportunity to count the costs so you know exactly what your budget is before you start. Have a monthly bankroll and stick to it. This will help you when it comes to entering a poker tournament.
You’ll Stress More Than You Rest
When you make the choice to make your living as a professional poker player, it becomes mandatory for your ‘wages’ that you win every single month. You need to pay the bills and top up your bankroll. You’ll also be needing travel to these tournaments. When you’re not winning, you’re not making money and you’ll feel under a lot of pressure.
You have to consider the amount of stress you’ll be putting yourself under by playing poker full-time. Don’t give yourself a nasty shock. Of course, there are players who win a solid pile of cash at the beginning of their journey, but this is beginner’s luck and most players grind hard for many years before they get to the point of accumulating a solid bankroll. As the saying goes, expect the best but prepare for the worst.
It’s a Lonely Game
If you’re seriously preparing yourself for this journey to become a pro poker player then you’re going to have to also prepare to be lonely most of the time. If you’re travelling to land-based tournaments or spending your days (and nights) in front of a computer or smartphone playing poker online, you’re probably going to be alone most of that time.
Don’t ignore these challenges before you decide to try and become a poker pro. Give yourself the best chance and form a plan and some resilience tactics before you take the plunge.