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On Being (a) Professional: Part I

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Sep 01, 2013


I often have people ask me whether or not they should start playing poker professionally. If I were to give them a simple, straightforward answer, it would probably be no. It takes a certain type of person to be able to play poker for a living. You must be pretty easy going, laid back, unaffected emotionally by the swings of the game, highly risk tolerant, and, of course, very good at poker. Each poker player has their strengths and weaknesses in these different areas, but those who play professionally are good at almost all of them. I know that my risk tolerance at times in my life has probably been a little bit too high, for instance. Many people quit their jobs or school to play poker each year because they see poker players on TV or at their local casino living it up and rolling in cash. The truth ...

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