Being a poker pro may be the best job in the world but it is definitely not easiest thing to do. But, as opposed to 10 or 15 years ago, nowadays there are much more opportunities to play and earn money by playing poker. Now, you can play the game you love from your comfort of your home, in your PJs; there’s no need to go to a casino and grind there day and night just like the old-school pros Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey were doing back in the ‘90s. Of course, for those adventurous, the option of playing live, all over the world is still available. You can choose from a variety of games, from tournaments to cash games while traveling and having a good time. Thanks to the online world – lots of possibilities to play poker, ranging from several cents to thousands of dollars, training sites, forums, etc. – anyone who wants to become a poker pro can improve much more quickly than Hellmuth or Doyle Brunson did. You also don’t need a big starting bankroll, you can grind online at the micros and low stakes and build your bankroll till you can play comfortably the big games live or/and online. There’s a catch though. The games are not easy anymore. You will have to work hard, spend hours and hours studying the game, making mistakes and learning from them. The old-school players did it, the new-school had to do it the same way and you will have to follow their examples if you want to be successful. But before you even think about turning pro, consider the following questions: 1. Am I good enough to beat the games? Don’t try to fool yourself. Really, don’t. It’s very hard for any of us to let our ego aside and judge our skill objectively but you have to do it in order to have a shot. Choose a decent sample-size and look at your winrate or ROI. Are you capable of keeping up? Don’t overestimate your abilities and always bear in mind that your game is a work in progress and never perfect. There will always be something to learn as long as you keep playing. 2. How much would I earn if I played poker full-time? Again work with numbers, not with assumptions. Try and solve the puzzle by calculating how much you would win per hour. Is the rate sustainable? And most importantly, can you make a living from that rate? Don’t just quit your job, before you do that, take some time off, maybe a vacation and run a simulation too see how much you can really earn. 3. Is the poker way of living compatible with what I want to do? Poker isn’t just about winning and traveling and having fun. As a professional, you will have some tough times when you don’t win as much as usual, on the contrary, YOU LOSE. Can you keep your focus through that periods? Can you continue to play your A-game even if the cards doesn’t go your way? Probably the single best advice a poker professional can give an aspiring pro is to treat poker like a business. And like in business, you will need a plan, a long-term strategy, a sustainable growth, and the ability to adapt whenever the market tells you to do it. Still not sure about what decision to make? Watch the poker professionals in action on PokerTube!