How to Become a Professional Poker Player – A Quick Guide

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Poker has always attracted people, whether as a simple game to play with your buddies on the weekend or something a bit more serious where you can even earn money. Stories of professionals earning a lot of money inspire people every day, yet they usually do not stop to consider whether the said professionals lost some money along the way or had any or many difficulties on their path to greatness. Of course they had, nobody just wins without suffering a loss.

In order to minimize the damage on your potential path of becoming a professional poker player, here are the things you should do before signing up for your first professional tournament.

Learn Poker

This might seem like a very obvious thing that you should do, but most people just learn the rules and they immediately want to be professionals. That happens with people in any sort of activity, whether card games or sports. They learn a thing or two and immediately go for the hardest challenge, setting themselves up for quite a failure.

If you want to avoid this mistake, stick to the basics and learn them by heart, no, learn them until you no longer have to even think about them. You should know them at all times during the day. After that, check whether you’ve actually got it all. The game has a set of rules, a number of cards, all the details that you should have with you at all times.

Learn to Play Poker

Learning the rules of the game does not make you a player. Playing the game does. You should play the game against friends and people who are already experienced in it. While learning to play the game, you should take note of the following things.

  • Emotions

Track your own emotions and keep them at bay. If you have a feeling you might win, don’t play that hand, but rather calculate whether it’s an actual winning hand. If you’re feeling down and want to bet more and win, don’t, think whether you’re actually in a position to win.

  • Cheating

You should never cheat in a professional game, or even attempt to. You will likely get caught and banned on site. You might even be fined. Do have in mind that you should be mindful of whether others might cheat. Don’t accuse people if you’ve just lost a hand, especially if it isn’t based on anything other than your emotional response.

  • Bluffing

Learn to bluff and while learning, watch for other people’s reactions. They do not call it a poker face without reasons. The process of learning to bluff should be done with more experienced players as you might end up fooling an inexperienced one and start thinking of yourself as a great bluffer.

  • Don’t Play Losing Hands

You do not have to play every single hand. Wanting to win is not the same as going to win. Look at your cards and determine whether you can actually win. Having a strong emotional desire to win without actual cards to back you up can lead to a lot of lost money.

Learn to be Responsible

If you want to be a professional, you need to be responsible. You will have a limited bankroll and if you fail to earn more money, you might end up without a penny. Manage your account and finances, and play responsibly. If you ever think that you’re overdoing it, contact a specialist for problem gambling.


This is a simple guide on how to become a professional poker player. There are more things involved in it but these tips should help you avoid major mistakes on the way to becoming a professional.