Any guru will tell you, sitting next to “disgusting people” is not a requirement for playing poker. There are plenty of nice poker rooms with respectable players, and live poker tournaments always have an atmosphere that is filled with fun and excitement. There is also online poker available, where all the other players are most likely to be sociable.
And no one has to kill anyone to become a poker player. What it takes to be a winner is an individual who is intelligent, logical, and patient. In a game such as poker, one cannot rely on luck to win. You have to know what you’re doing.
So, how much are we talking about?
Let us give you some insight into how much money you can make from playing poker. Of course, everyone dreams to win a big event like WSOP and get $10 million. While it’s good to dream, don’t get your hopes up in vain – such an outcome is extremely unlikely.
The standard way to measure one’s winning rate is in big bets per 100 hands. A big bet is two big blinds. To win a game like $2/$4 No Limit Hold’em, you have to be very good. If you are, there is a chance that you can beat it for 2 or 3 big bets per 100 hands.
Let’s say we’re beating it for 2 big bets, so that’s 16 out of 100 hands. Playing on 6 tables at once and having 100 hands per hour on each, we would get $96 per hour. If you play for 20 hours a week, you get $1920. Professional poker players may earn to $10k with such limits, but they can lose a similar amount too. If you hold it together, a passionate poker player can make $100k-$200k a year.
Is it worth it?
Well, to make more money than this, you have to play with higher stakes: $10/$20 or $25/$50. At this rate, you would be dealing with the best players in the world, and they’re definitely smarter than whoever you see on TV. Only the best can beat the game.
And don’t forget, if someone wins, someone loses. There are people who have lost 6 figures playing poker, along with their marriages. These are usually the ones who came to poker to get quick money and find a simple release from all their problems. Poker is a game where you have to be logical and level-headed. If you don’t think you can pull it off, stay away from the game.
In the end, though, it all boils down to taking money from people with a weaker skill set than yours and offering nothing in return. But if you put money aside, it can be a lot fun. Poker is a beautiful and exciting game that rewards your smarts and teaches a lot about life.