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