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Are You a Professional?

Two key words: conscientious and businesslike

by Matthew Hilger |  Published: Dec 10, 2010

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Are you a professional? There are two primary definitions of professional. One definition taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: “participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs." Sometimes people debate what makes a professional poker player. My definition has always been someone who makes most of his income from playing poker, which is similar to the definition above. But there are also expert players out there who could make a living playing poker, but just don’t play that much, so I’m not sure if they would be considered “professional” or not, even though they are expert players. However, the focus of this column isn’t on that definition. Plenty of people make a living playing poker, but a much smaller subset can say they are “professional” about how they approach their profession. Another definition of professional from Merriam-Webster is: “exhibiting a courteous, ...


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