The Life of a Real Poker Pro: How It Looks Like

Lots of people around the world want to be a poker professional. As a poker professional, it’s possible to be your own boss, have flexible working hours, financial opportunities and travel around the world, and live a lifestyle that others can only dream of. That sounds wonderful at first; that is exactly what is possible when you are a poker professional and many players live this dream.

But is it all as easy as it sounds being a professional poker player? I guess not! So let’s take a closer look at the life of a poker pro and focus on specific things

Being your own boss with flexible working hours

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Being your own boss is a great thing. Nobody gives you instructions or says what to do and how to do it. But there are some disadvantages to the whole thing.

Firstly, you have to be disciplined and you have to divide your work yourself. Of course, you can also spend a few days on the sofa, in the city, meeting friends, watching numerous series in Netflix or whatever – but being disciplined as poker play is a great a way to stay at the top.

The job of a poker professional is to play poker and like a regular job, you have to invest certain amount of hours. If you do not do that, you cannot be successful in the long term. It is a normal standard that the professional player plays 30-50 hours a week. Of course, there are weeks where you may only play 10-20 hours and at others even 60-70 hours. The classification is up to you and depends on various factors.

As a poker professional, you will have to work like a normal salaried employee.

The big difference between a normal job and being a poker pro

If you are employed in a company, you will have a health insurance. Which means that you will continue to be paid normally if you are sick and treated at anywhere. A poker professional will not get anything when sick and cannot play. In Germany, a normal insurance costs well over 500 € per month.

As an employee on vacation, you are also paid during this time quite normally by the employer or the company. If you are your own boss, you will not get any money when you are on vacation.

What about the pension when you are old? The employer pays every month in the pension fund; as a poker pro, you have to take the matter into your own hands as with any other self-employment and pay something or not.

The financial possibilities


It is out of the question that you can really make good money playing poker. A multitude of players from all over the world sit at the virtual tables and earn several thousand of euros through online poker. The right high rollers are far in the five-digit range and at the stars of the scene, there is no limit to the top.

You will have a fixed salary every month as an employee. Of course, there can be salary increases depending on the training/company and career opportunities.

The big advantage as a normal worker is that every month, you know what you have monthly and you can plan with it. No matter what, there is a fixed amount on the account. As a poker professional, of course, you have a much better earning and quite different options. It doesn’t matter if you are a graduate of any academic institution, the opportunities in the poker world are the same for everyone.

Professional poker players need a healthy bankroll that can withstand downswings and enough reserves to play relaxed state and never be under pressure. The minimum plays a big role as a poker pro and you should never be scared money. It’s a good idea to play next to the normal bankroll and again have 12-18 months reserves to fund your living normally, even if you cannot make big profits through poker for a couple of months.

So you have to plan your finances well and have a considered a bankroll management.

Travel the world and the lifestyle


Certainly, the lifestyle of a poker player is extraordinary. Players traveling for live events travel from country to country and see some of the most beautiful places in the world. Who does not like to travel the world and earn money with it?

Professional online poker players can change their place of residence at any time, because they only need a PC / laptop and internet.

In fact, there isn’t really anything negative to say here that we have not mentioned earlier in this article.


The life of a poker professional, as stated  in this article, has more advantages when compared to the normal working world. Nevertheless, there are many things to be prepared for. You have to see everything realistically and assess them the right way.

Take a look at our “How to become a poker pro” article

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