What do Professional Poker Players and Professional Bettors Have in Common?

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What do Professional Poker Players and Professional Bettors Have in Common?
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For many of us with a big interest in poker, being able to make a living through one’s play is a dream come true. However, this is not something that is to be advised, as making it takes years and sometimes tens of thousands of hours to be able to make a consistent living. The same can be said for betting, and some people do manage to win with enough consistency to put food on the table and pay their bills.

Even if sports betting and poker are somewhat similar, they are also vastly different. But for those that manage to do it professionally, there are some ways of thinking and ways of operating that are universal for both bettors and poker players.

Before we dive in, it’s important to note that one does not need to utilize these techniques when playing for smaller sums or for entertainment. One should never bet what one can’t afford to lose anyways, and doing some of the things we’re going to be talking about in this article when playing for fun, it’s very easy to lose a lot of the enjoyment that can be found in playing poker. Instead, we suggest using betUS for tournaments and simply having an enjoyable time while playing.


Journaling might at first glance seem like something somewhat unnecessary, but for bettors and poker players alike it’s an important aspect of analyzing one’s own performance and from there on being able to make adjustments to increase one’s chances of winning. By noting everything that’s done and the result from doing so, as well as their profit and losses one can quickly build up a library of different scenarios, what makes sense to continue doing, and what one should stop doing.

Removing all emotions from their play

This is something that for understandable reasons is more easily said than done but is incredibly important for those looking to become successful within the space. Being able to detach all emotions from a big hand or from a big bet and simply focusing on the risk/reward and knowing that they have an edge over time is something that helps massively. Professionals don’t become excited when they win or beaten down when they lose, but instead, see it all as a part of a bigger system that is going to earn them money over time. One can never win every hand or every bet, but by sticking to a system with a good risk/reward ratio, one can manage to earn money over time.

Being able to judge risk and reward

This is one of the most important aspects and skills that a professional bettor or poker player can have and is something that for many of them comes with enough time and practice. Even if a bet or hand might seem like a sure win, the risk to reward ratio has to make sense over the long term.

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