A Profitable Poker Career
One of the most difficult tasks for a poker player is earning a profit from their game. Unless you are the best of poker players, and you can beat anyone, you will have a hard time making money from the game.
At first glance, it seems that making a profit from poker is one of the easiest things in the world to do. Simply stop playing when you're ahead and limit your losses at the table, right? But a majority of poker players don't do that, preferring to slug it out and try to win more money. It's human nature to be want more of a good thing.
What makes a profitable poker career very hard to achieve? One reason is the rake. A rake is the amount of money taken by the casino as a fee from each poker game. Although the rake is too small to be significant, it can make the difference between losing money and breaking even.
To make a profit from poker, you should not only win, but win convincingly. You should beat your opponents many times more than they beat you, enough to overcome the rake imposed by the casino.
Another reason is the lack of self-control and discipline among many poker players. Most players have the tendency to treat poker as a leisurely hobby rather than a full-time job which is, of course, true unless they are full-blown poker pros. However, this attitude leads to carelessness, indecisiveness, and immaturity in actual game situations, which in turn leads to big losses.
It's hard to consider poker as a full-time career if you're not a pro; it all depends on your mental and emotional conditioning. You must condition yourself to treat poker as a job, not a hobby, or else you will forever remain a loser. A serious, no-nonsense attitude in poker can produce a consistent profit for you, in the long run.
Unlike a real job, where everything is organized and laid out for you, poker is unpredictable, and anything can happen during a game. You may have decided to set a schedule and limitation on your playing time and expense, only to lose control in the heat of the moment. You suddenly make decisions on the fly, based on what you feel in that certain situation.
While getting emotionally involved can sometimes be good for your play, it can also lead to serious mistakes. Suppose that you have won big and you are tempted to jump straight into a bigger table, but your conscience tells you to avoid the superior players. You refuse to listen, so you play and end up losing.
Making a profit from poker is very difficult. The competitive side of you tells you to take bigger risks, while the businessperson in you tells you to play more sensibly. Either way you choose, there is a risk of losing, and your goal is to balance the two so that you will end up making a profit in the long run.