How to Be a Professional Poker Player

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

The world of professional poker has exploded in the last few years; many people make a living as a professional poker player, online or in cash tables--not big poker tournaments. But no matter what type of poker you play, there are some things you must do to be a professional poker player.

To be a professional poker player you have to put in the time. Generally a player has logged around 500 hours of poker play before deciding to become a professional. Many professionals track their statistics of how much they make per hour when playing in cash games or online.

A person looking to be a professional poker player has to know the game they will be best at to get a good hourly rate. A real professional poker player will play the poker game that will give them the most money per hour.

Discipline is needed to be a professional poker player. You are the boss and need to be motivated to put in the hours in order to make a significant living.

Many professionals have at least 6 months of living expenses saved up before trying to become a professional. There will be swings of good luck and bad luck so you need to have money to live on when your luck is down.

A significant bankroll is important when being a professional poker player. The thought among most professional players is to have 200 times the big bet for a bankroll. For example. If it is a game with a $10 to $20 limit the bankroll should be $4,000. This will let you still have some money when negative swings occur.

A combination of patience, discipline, preparation, and a decent bankroll is needed in order to be a professional poker player. Once you have these things you can look for the poker games, in whatever medium, where you can make a living playing poker.