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Fair question. I genuinely think my situation is somewhat unusual. The conventional wisdom in modern NLHE is that the highest hourly comes through employing high-variance plays. But this is a treacherous food pyramid and becoming an apex predator is not the easy journey that many seem to assume. Since live poker in Kansas was a little thin on the ground, it was apparent I would have to move. Now I have lots of different passive to semi-passive income streams, play some cards, and ride motorcycles around. He quit because the swings affected him too much emotionally. I am admittedly a liferoll Nit. If it is viable, the visit should be self funding if you find a good airBnb or some such. I enjoy your writing. I highly recommend it if and only if you come out over-rolled and over-skilled for the games you will play. Im not trying to be argumentative, I just want to make sure all factors are considered. First, I had already had what most would consider a successful, albeit truncated, career. Live the dream and see how it feels. Where does this number come from? I pay a month in rent, my phone bill is covered, my only other expenses is car insurance, health insurance and groceries. It is good I did because nearly everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I dont like what I do. All in all, a very nice value. I am currently in Vegas on vacation and cannot stop laughing about these young boys in sweatpants with backpacks. Try and live in a neighborhood with a rental car. At the time of Black Friday I was mostly grinding tournaments, sit-n-goes and cash-game Omaha variants at online American poker sites. I am admittedly a liferoll nit. For multiple life and poker reasons that are not particularly interesting, this plan faltered. To put it another way, if you are the kind of individual with the intellectual and emotional skills to succeed at poker, it is a given that you could succeed in a host of other entrepreneurial endeavors that offer far greater stability and easier financial rewards than does poker. There is so much truth in this article. I frequently hear neophyte grinders mention figures of what they expect to soon be pulling in completely out of step with what veterans actually bank. Survival itself is a form of achievement, and with a career before poker I can choose to think of my current situation as a prolonged retirement. Play a ton on the weekends and nights. Just over a decade ago I quit my job to play poker for a living. If the wheels ever fall off the Kat poker-wagon, my Plan B is to offer my tutoring services to them. It has the potential to pretty much destroy a better future for the young guys. I admire you greatly for doing what you wanted to do and making a life at it, glamor or no. Playing hours of poker a month is not a never-ending party in the dazzling lights of Vegas. Few appear to have a well-developed plan, and fewer still have a Plan B. Saving like mad during my 15 year engineering career has given me what most people are looking to from poker: Time. I was living in a decent sqft apartment, utilities included.

This is the first in a series of articles about playing low-limit NLHE. In places I will take issue with Red Chip Poker orthodoxy and disagree with How hard is it to play poker for a living founders and coaches even though they are better at poker than me.

Certainly some get there. Save your vacation time and come to Vegas for as long as you can all at once, maybe three weeks straight. I just bought a condo in Vegas that would fit your goals. It was this switch in my primary game that led to, among other things, becoming a subscriber at RCP.

Good article. I think two things though that you might have missed in my original post is that my cost of living right now is not 1.

They want to sleep until noon and adopt a professional schedule solely determined by themselves. In taking on an adventure like this, being conservative is not a bad thing. I came out how hard is it to play poker for a living with a plan A, B, C and D.

I can survive as a grocery store cashier if I needed to until i got back into manufacturing. I detest the current state of higher education and do not want to work in a trade. How does someone with your intelligence and work ethic Im assuming one must have good study habits to obtain a Ph.

What do you think is holding you back? Taxes and Health Insurance ——————————————— Just a rough estimate we got you at hours a month or 30 hours a week.

I mention this not in an attempt to illustrate how clever I am, but because without this prior career I think I would find my current situation a little depressing. If you play this game only occasionally or grind out hundreds of hours a year, these articles aim to help you play the game more profitably and with greater enjoyment.

I know this. However, as I moved up the can how to play blackjack game curiously pole of academia I found myself spending more time on committees that spent weeks considering proposals for an expansion of the main parking garage and similar nonsense and decided I needed a new challenge.

My back up plan, honestly is that my cost of living is insanely cheap. Maybe you get a renter and the condo essentially gets you a free place to live. That said, I am 43 and all I got to do is break even until retirement kicks in. Then again, there is a totally different way to look at this, and probably the one you want to hear.

You should be. So your day job was probably much more valuable. But consider this. In addition to your technical decisions being compromised by a short roll, your ability to play well will further deteriorate because of emotional stress. The main reason given for why people want to become professional poker players , beyond a love for the game, is that these individuals want autonomy. I have over k hands played on ACR, one of the toughest online rooms out there. You want to buy a house. I love the realism in this article. You come out here properly rolled with proven skills, you can not fail. I feel the same way. Any city that contains colleges also contains college students, a significant fraction of whom are compelled to take courses in math and physics. It can be done. Three years later, you own a condo. If you are willing to have housemates and such, you could go cheaper. Emulate the experience. Your living expenses just went down seriously. I think I can make more money playing poker. Poker and game theory in general are two areas that continue to evolve. Now, you are set up for success while building up your skills. I then transitioned into academia where I ultimately became a tenured university professor with a pleasing balance between teaching and research. As a frequent visitor to Las Vegas for years, my relocation destination was obvious. This in turn means you need a sufficient bankroll such that you can make these plays without worrying about what the chips you place in play could buy. Unless you have remarkably low requirements for where and how you live, the only way to secure a semi-comfortable lifestyle is through poker volume. And perhaps more importantly, my past also gives me a Plan B. Once ive saved up enough, should I play poker for a living? Making a basic living at poker is difficult, and making a lucrative one requires the highest levels of self-motivation, study, emotional control, and probably some innate ability at the game. Keep the day job, save like a mad man, live frugal. Words of wisdom Professor Kat! I burned through plans A, B, C pretty quickly. I am good for a recreational players but a fish to the sharks such as yourself. The issue is the more you play the more you have to put in seat time in quieter time-slots and seasons. I wonder how much the location affects the win rate. A large part of it is I see a lot of value in the Caesars loyalty program which means playing at CET properties. In your opinion, what are the top earners playing over 1,hrs a year making as an hourly? I appreciate the great response Doug! Have a good start on the retirement contributions. I hope this will provoke discussion about life in the shallow end of the NLHE pool. Oh, you been saving for retirement?