poker lifestyle

Poker : A simple card game that originated back in the 18th century, climbing through the decades has now become a multi-billion dollar business worldwide. No doubt, we all fancy a game of cards once a while, but the fact that Poker has now become a full time earning opportunity for poker players, is something unimaginable. Poker in India has now evolved into a full-fledged business model and is a big money industry at the moment. Multi-National companies have invested in poker tournaments worldwide taking it to the next level.

Fancy cars, huge mansions, private jets and a star gazed lifestyle is what comes to mind when we visualize the life of a poker player. Well, it is what you think, but only for a few top players. But this is just not the reality for the vast, overwhelming majority of people who play this game for a living or as a side income.

The lifestyle for a majority of the poker players is like any ordinary person, full of hard work, compassion and commitment. Yes, you do get to set your own timeline for when to practice, but that’s that. The thing about not having a 9-5 job, although it has its own set of benefits, it takes equal and at times even more effort for poker player to earn a living.

Work Ethic

On the outset, it might come across as a lazy profession, ironically, it’s the exact opposite. Work ethic is a common phenomenon across all professions and poker is no exception. You might be your own boss, but you need to be able to force yourself to show up on days you don’t feel right.

Learn to lose and learn from the loss

Let’s face it, you’re not going to win every day. Sooner or later you are going to have days where you take a nasty fall, the day someone picks up your bluff and you go down for all money. Wait until you hit that 100k+ hand soul ripping downswing and you don’t feel like playing the game any further. You need to learn from the loss in order to be a better player.

Study Poker

No matter what field you are in, an in-depth study of the topic is essential. You need to make time to study the minor technicalities of poker, every minor detail. Every player has a different set of skills and you need to work on your strengths to be able to make it big in the poker world.

Poker is a huge industry today and there millions of aspirants out there looking to pursue poker as their ultimate bread and butter. As merry as it looks on the outset, poker is serious business and one really needs to inculcate the above points in their lifestyle to be able to succeed in the game. As it’s rightly said, "poker is a hard way to make an easy living."