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Playing Poker for a Living

by Michael Piper |  Published: Feb 01, 2011

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My last four-and-a-half years as a professional poker player have been my most exhilarating. I’ve travelled the world, met delightful people, and had lots of incredible experiences. I can’t recommend it highly enough — to do for a living what most do for entertainment, to work as hard or often as I want to, the choice to work from home, go to a casino, or play on my xbox — it’s up there with professional footballer or DJ as a dream job for young men. Playing for a living is far from a cakewalk though, and demands a different mindset from the “reality” of a stable job. As with most ventures; balance, foresight, responsibility, and hard work are key skills. Going Pro Before you consider making poker your sole source of income, you need to know you’re good enough. It’s not enough to have a decent sample of hands with ...


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