Learning how to gamble for a living may seem appealing as far as escaping the drudgery of a boring nine-to-five job, but professional gamblers have their own unique job headaches and dissatisfactions. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of the professional gambler and what it takes to learn how to gamble for a living.
- Finding your gambling niche. There are only a handful of games and sports that gamblers can make a long-term living on. The vast majority of professional gamblers are poker players and/or sports bettors, as both can be consistently profitable for experienced players that know the ropes. While it's possible to beat blackjack by counting cards, many casinos will bar you from playing once they realize what you're doing. Video poker can be beaten as well but it takes patience, a very large starting bankroll, and the ability to move around the country at a moment's notice to play the very best games.
- Putting the internet to work for you. The Internet will play a huge role in learning how to gamble for a living, especially for poker players and sports bettors. Online poker sites and sportsbooks let you ply your trade from anywhere in the world, cutting out many of the traditional costs associated in travelling to casinos. The Internet also allows you to participate in various forums or Web sites to improve your poker game, share sportsbetting picks with other bettors, and research stats and trends for teams you might bet on. A search engine query for "poker training sites" will give you a host of sites to choose from that are all dedicated to helping would-be professional gamblers learn how to consistently profit from playing poker for a living.
- Practice makes perfect. As far as actually learning how to gamble for a living, you'll not only need to learn the basic principles but also put it to work on a daily basis. Most professional poker players put in a lot of hours at the tables, sometimes playing eight to ten hours each day, so be prepared for professional gambling to be just like many other jobs in some ways. The same is true for sportsbetting, as you need to monitor a wealth of information about upcoming games and matches and constantly check different sportsbooks for the best line and odds on games you'd like to bet on.
- No steady paychecks in professional gambling. While learning how to gamble for a living can free you from working in a boring office for a boss you hate, it still has its own headaches. You can't count on a steady paycheck each month, you'll have to pay for your own health insurance, and you still have to pay taxes on any money you win. You'll have to be psychologically prepared to endure very long losing streaks as well as being able to handle big wins, too, without blowing your money on expensive toys and other unnecessary purchases.
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