Two Sides of a Coin!
The dream of leaving your 9-5 job and take up poker as a profession is a tempting decision. For some, it’s a distant dream that is never fulfilled. For others, it’s a sudden plunge that they are happy to take. However, in order to take this decision, you have to be aware of the entire picture. You should have a thorough understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of turning a poker pro.
Here are a few pros and cons of being a professional poker player:
It’s Your Dream Job
For some people, their job entails pushing themselves every day to go to the office and slog through those dreadful 8 hours. It goes without saying that there are many other interesting and exciting jobs but if you have the talent to be a good poker player, then it is nothing short of a dream come true. However, along with the skills you should be passionate about the game and have very high mental endurance.
Instability, Variance, Stress
The conventional jobs give you the certainty that even after all the meaningless work, you will have your salary credited at the end of the month. Playing poker, on the other hand, gives you the excitement and the thrill that you get in doing what you love. However, it also gives you major chills when you’re financially and mentally not ready for a major downswing in your career. Variance is inevitable, but a good thing is that this demon can be tamed with time- taking bankroll management classes and by improving your mental health.
Being as Free as a Bird
Being your own boss can give a sense of liberation, which is not short-lived. Having the luxury of setting your own goals and deadlines and traveling to various sought-after destinations, all while winning big is what dreams are made of. On the downside, it can be a tricky situation if you are not following a disciplined work-life.
The game moves fast for a professional player and if you lag behind in your study, you’re definitely going to witness a rough patch in your career.
Now, every player has easy access to information that could help them improve their game. This turns even an average player into a pretty decent one, making the competition much fierce than it used to be. So, never neglect your study hours to keep negating the effect of the rising competition on your career.
Things can go down south, but if you’re passionate enough and keep working on your game skills and mental abilities, it’s your dream job paying your bills and gifting you your freedom!