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The Hardships of Being a Professional Poker Player

Being a professional poker player has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Think about it: A lifestyle which allows you to rise late out of bed, play whenever you want; essentially you are your own boss. But it isn’t all that easy. To play poker in India professionally, one needs to put up with society’s negative perception of the game. Here are some problems that Indian poker pros might face from time to time:

It isn’t perceived as an occupation – Poker is one such profession where the concept of ‘regular pay’ is non-existent. There are rough patches, where a person might not earn cash for weeks or even months. Such a lifestyle isn’t viewed as a job, but simply a hobby.

It can be stressful at times – Playing poker professionally is a stressful endeavour. You are consistently looking for ways to increase your profits, and sometimes in doing so, you bleed money. Consequently, you end up chasing your losses, and the vicious cycle continues. Take time to study the game thoroughly, and avoid chasing losses.

It can take a toll on your body – Playing poker full time involves adopting an unconventional lifestyle. If you fancy the online variant, you’ll be up late burning the midnight oil (player density is high at nights) looking to boost your profits, while others will be comfortable in bed counting Zs. Also, it doesn’t need to be said that poker and exercise are polar opposites. In order to live a healthy life, the importance of regular exercise cannot be ignored. The best thing to do is to allot a sufficient amount of time for both.

Poker has quite a lot to offer, but most professionals have spent years enduring many hardships in order to live off the game completely. Ask any veteran and they will tell you that it isn't all fun and games. Hindrances may come along the way, but it will enhance your mental grit and bring out a whole new character out of you.