The life of a professional gambler appears to be the stuff of dreams for those that gamble on a regular basis. However, is the reality all it is cracked up to be or is there more than meets the eye to this unique career path? Here is what you need to know to become a professional gambler.
Commitment To The Cause
On the outside, all us mere mortals see is the finished and polished product of correct predictions and decision-making from the gamblers. Whether we are talking about football punters or poker players it’s the same story.
This knowledge and understanding hasn’t just magically appeared. These guys have spent hours studying the form and odds of different outcomes.
So, if you want to follow in their footsteps be prepared to do the hard graft. Simply relying on gut instinct and guess work will only send you to the job centre.
Handle The Loneliness
The life of a professional gambler is a notoriously lonely one.
Hours on the road travelling to different tournament venues or casinos can be a particular hardship for pros that are involved in global events. For those pros that keep it local there is still the demand in the form of long work hours.
Staying up late at night to get the research done and even keep an eye on live in-play betting markets in other time zones can take its toll.
Let’s hope you’re either single or have a very compassionate family.
Ban The Superstitions
Across a number of professional sports you will see players state that they have their little quirks or superstitions. Soccer players that put one boot on first or American Football players that always touch the pitch with both hands before entering the field of play.
Some even turn it into a gimmick with sportsmen fearing the worst if they fail to ‘dab’ after a win.
If you want to gamble professionally, you cannot submit to superstitions. Nobody was ever superstitious and successful when it came to gambling.
Just ditch the hop, skip and jump routine before you hit the tables. You don’t need it.
Don’t Get Emotional
It might seem like a stereotype but most professional gamblers are devoid of emotion when betting.
Why? Well, they are not dead inside… in the majority of cases. Lacking emotion prevents you from becoming affected by the highs and the lows of the wins and the losses.
Keep your composure. Do not become an emotional wreck crying in the casino toilets after a bad run. Equally, try to avoid getting a round in at the casino bar for every punter after a hot streak.
Stay calm and remain stone cold.
One of the biggest keys to success when becoming a pro gambler is financial management.
You need to know when to take the calculated risks and when to take things up another level.
However, you also need to be aware of when you tighten up and play a smaller budget.
If you have no grasp of finances and budget then you are up the creek without a paddle before you have even started. Every professional gambler knows what they can afford to lose.
Become one with your money.
There is a reason why so many people become professional gamblers. It’s a lot of fun!
On the flip side, there is a reason why so many people fail to make it as pro gamblers. It’s hard work…
Be realistic with your expectations but also aim for the best. You will stare adversity in the face but you will also reach the euphoric heights.
Build Your Reputation
Reputation might be one of the last things you think about when becoming a professional gambler but it is actually one of the most important factors.
If you can get good results using honesty and integrity then more people will buy into your product and respect you. The larger your following, the more money you can make for yourself and others.
Cheating, scamming and screwing over people is a one way path to falling flat on your face… or lying in a ditch in the Nevada desert. Your choice.