Professional gamblers have not gotten where they are simply because of good looks and charm. They worked hard and beat all odds to get to where they are. In this digital age all kinds of casinos have popped up like mushrooms after the rain but, the fact of the matter remains that just because the opportunities are out there it doesn’t mean that a professional gambling career is for everyone.
The first pitfall for a starting gambler wishing to go pro is the financial risk. If you don’t have a good financial base to start with and that will allow you to play a few losing games just to get your nose wet, then you might as well forget about following a career in gambling. Better yet, play for fun, play for relaxation, but don’t venture in with the big dogs because most often than not you will get mauled.
One factor not often discussed because the TV screen either shows smiling, winning players, or pissed off sore losers, is the physical effect of stress on the mind and body of a player. Some tournaments even require players to sit at a table for 16 straight hours each day for a week or so. This cannot be a good thing and players are even reported to suffer from chronic boredom. Although it doesn’t sound like a real affliction, this is the number one reason why players quit even a successful career in Poker or Blackjack, or any other strategy game that requires hours and hours of applying the same mathematical strategy repeatedly.
Although successful gamblers can earn up to 6-7 figures in one tournament, those interested in starting a career in this domain should first make sure they know the taxation law of the country they are living or playing in. A lot of first time winners, after a first good year, discover that the state requires much more in tax money from a gambling win than you might have expected. To avoid falling into this trap it might be a good idea to find a wagering taxation specialist that can tell you exactly what your limitations are.
Despite learning from available resources, such as books, internet tutorials, and a crash course here and there, most professional players are self-taught. This obviously means that players need to employ a great amount of self-restriction, self-motivation, and high regard towards continuous learning. Compared to a 9 to 5 job where someone always tells you what to do, making things rather easy when looking at level of difficulty overall, being a pro gambler implies that a player should have nerves of steel to survive the trials and errors of learning on their own.
As we previously mentioned, the technological era has made certain things easier to follow up with. It goes the same for new, aspiring pro gamblers, because they no longer need to travel to places like Atlantic City or Las Vegas in order to win the big jackpots. So, we guess that this is in fact a plus. Playing and persevering from the comfort of your home may add a sense of calm and take away the urgency a game can inflict on a player.
Last but not least, gambling as a career requires you to live a certain lifestyle. Similar to a pro athlete, the spotlight will be on you; you will be constantly on the move and go where the big jackpots are. This can really interfere with other life plans, such as having a family, kids, building a house with your bare hands.
Well, there you have it. We are not trying to convince you not to follow a career in gambling, we are simply looking to give you a realistic outlook so that you know what to expect overall from this kind of on the go career choice. Otherwise, we wish you the best of luck and make sure to give us some credit if this article strengthened your resolve to become a pro.