Becoming a serious poker player

Poker can be played in a variety of different ways. Some people enjoy playing on special occasions, while others like to play a home game with friends once every Saturday. Some people play in $10 tournaments, and some do not play for any money at all. Well, then there are the people that choose to play in card rooms where the minimum buy in for a cash game is anywhere from $100-$100,000 (in some cases even more). So when do you decide to take that plunge? How do you know if that is the right thing for you?

What Makes a Player Good

Especially in a poker room, you do not hear about many people that do not think they are good at poker. It is pretty common to run into any random player in a card room and get the sense that he thinks he is the greatest player to ever play the game. The fact is, that most people truly believe they are great. At some point you will probably feel the same. So how do you know if you are good enough to become a serious player or not? How do you know you are not just another fish?

You do not need to be great to become serious. It is not until you have been serious about the game that you will be great. Without a ton of experience and knowledge, you can never be great. The problem is that there is a fine line. You still need to be smart enough to become a serious player. Why – because, you are playing with serious money on a serious level. If you are not smart enough you will regret that you ever started playing in the first place.

  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Bankroll
  • Focus
  • Awareness
  • The Ability to Learn
  • Fearless

Just to name a few. If you go into a serious poker campaign with those attributes, you are good enough and smart enough to be there. Without the above elements, you will need a lot of luck and a lot of money.

Lifestyle of a Serious Poker Player

There is a difference between a serious player and a professional player. We are just simply talking about a serious player here. That means when you sit down at a table, you are there to make money. You take the game very seriously and you do not like to lose. You track everything and you keep track of all the money that comes in and out.

The lifestyle of a serious player can be tough on the ones around him/her. In order to be great, you must be willing to put hours and hours of time into player as many hands as possible. It is not uncommon to sit at a poker table for 20+ hours straight, through all hours of the night. It is also not uncommon for a serious player to play at least 2-5 times per week and a total of at least 40 hours per week. If you think about it, that is like a full time job. Most look at it as a job as well. Are you ready for that kind of lifestyle? That is what a serious poker player does with his/her time.

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