Is going Pro really "living the dream"?

So I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about how awesome it would be to “go pro”. Even though it is a possibility and some people actually have made this their only source of income, is it really living the dream?

First thing I noticed about the majority of people wanting to go pro is they are young 20 somethings. Yet the people actually doing it are about thirty give or take and older. (I know who condia is and he just turned 30 this month) I’m 32 and when I was 21 there was a time where I thought going pro in poker would be living the dream. Back then, poker was at about the same stage as DFS is.It was new and exciting and there were people making millions doing it. But as I got older I began to realize that there was a lot more to life then just playing games for a living. Not to mention 99% of people don’t have the mental capability to truly become a pro.

In my opinion, a lot of these younger people have confused going pro with being retired. They just assume that they would never have to worry about money and only have to put in roughly 3-5 hours of “work” a day. If that was the case, then yes, that would be living the dream. If you have that thought process then that is first sign that you will never be a pro and play DFS for a living. As you get older you begin to learn about budgeting and that becomes extremely difficult to do when you don’t know what your income for every week will be. Then it gets a little more deep when you factor in things like insurance for your kids, benefits, and retirement saving ect.

I remember watching a interview with Daniel Negreanu (a well known professional poker player) talking about what it’s like to play cards for a living. He emphasized that the stress takes whatever fun you had before out of the game. He said something among the lines of “there’s nothing more stressful than having bills that are due riding on how you play that day”. He also said playing poker was hard because you could go to work and lose money.

I like to compare DFS for serious players as a merry-go-round. Some times you’re up, sometimes you’re down and sometimes if feels like you are just going in circles. Everyone loves the high of being on a heater but to have the mental capacity to use that in budgeting daily expense is incomprehensible to most people. Also, if you think dealing with a cold streak (which is inevitably going to happen) is tough because it means you need to avoid going to lunch for a few days and eat at home. Imagine falling behind on a car payment or your mortgage. Very few people can deal with that.

In my opinion here is the best way to go about it. First, try not to make your DFS play you only source of income. The smart people who do DFS for a living make money with DFS and not just from it. Examples like getting paid to do the podcast comes to mind. Or selling your information if people are willing to pay for it. Still, being able to do that isn’t the easiest because the demand isn’t as there due to how many people are trying.The smart poker players were making money selling books and doing seminars on how to play on top playing.

The best suggestion I’ve been hearing is playing “semi-pro”. If you truly are good enough, use your DFS income as a part time job. This will relieve a lot of the stress because you have other income and DFS will be more enjoyable because you won’t be surrounded by DFS all day, everyday. The theme that I always find myself coming back too is to keep things enjoyable. Remember that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results. Situations for everyone is different and you would have to really have to figure out your bankroll management for DFS and life in order to obtain the professional status. The hardest part is being truthful with yourself and understanding that for every pro you see out there like Smizzle Condia CSUram Notorios ect, the list of people who tried but couldn’t make it happen will never be public and it’s most likely a few thousand times bigger.

Thanks for reading

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  • lunaland



    THese so called pros we see their wins but how much do they lose?
    Are they really financially cleaning up or is it exaggerated?
    Cant they also open dummy accounts using their friends,family info and play under multi aliases?
    Winning or LOSING more money then we really know?

  • RU18QT

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    I don’t know if they really have “dummy” accounts but it is possible I guess. I just don’t see how that would benefit them. I do know that as a business they want to diminish the thought of people losing money or even going broke because it hurts their profits. The poker world wanted everyone to think that anyone could and would get rich. Sometimes I do feel the host exaggerate their profits and say things like “I made ten grand last night” to get the viewers excited

  • m3tan

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    Great post. I’m 42 and going DFS semi-pro. It would never be my primary source of income. But instead of working 80+ hours a week, taking on every client I can, I’m cutting WAYYY back and taking only the really high margin clients and projects. If I continue winning at the pace I’ve been at, DFS is really going to improve my quality of life…


    Great post- How does addiction come into play here? I started playing DFS this year for the first time during football season- I had so much withdrawal from Football I have now started with Basketball- I won $2000 a couple of weeks back and now I find myself playing more and more each day- This is not my primary source of income, but I have made some $- I have a full time job and I now spend a couple of hours each day researching and putting the lineups together… I guess my question is- When does it become a problem?- right now I have made $ and I can afford it, but it sure is time consuming…

  • RU18QT

    • Blogger of the Month

    DDeveron, thanks for reading and I’m taking it you read my last blog about addiction. Sounds like you are doing it right from what I’ve read. You are only spending a few hours, making money, and enjoying it. There is nothing wrong with having a healthy habit. It becomes addiction when X amount of dollars isn’t enough. PM me if you really want my opinion.

  • RU18QT

    • Blogger of the Month

    M3Tan, that’s kind of what I’m talking about. In your case dfs is actually making your life more balance because it sounds like you are winning time in your life as well as money. If you were to look up workaholics (not the awesome show) but the real thing, they lose all their time and it’s problematic for their personal life. Still, playing isn’t stressful because you are not depending on it as your only income.

  • dugginkid50

    Another great and insightful post.

  • xManiacx


  • xManiacx

    I don’t want to go pro, but being able to play with upwards of 50,000$ a week in NFL or 10,000$ a night in NBA ( The condias, or whoever ) and KNOW its only like 5-10% of my bankroll, would be such a thrill!

    I wish I could play with the pro money, and not have the pro stress! haha

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