Professional Poker Playing Comes With Pros And Cons

There are various ways to partake in the wonderful past time of the game poker. There are casinos, online games, smart device applications, and tournaments to enjoy this incredibly popular game. Some people choose to play poker because of the entertainment aspect of it. Some families play with things like crackers or candy. However, there are people who take it much more seriously than that. There are professional poker players who earn a living off of the game. What we would like to find out is how they do this and how they successfully support themselves as well as their families. Let’s look into why this concept exists and how it is so

Professional poker playing comes with pros and cons. It is simple to see that playing poker professionally is not an activity that is right for everyone. Small amounts of people have the attention span and passion to continue playing and take it as seriously as the professionals do. There are specific skills that one needs as well as a set of characteristics that one must possess.

The first quality and possibly most important is having endurance. The first thing an aspiring professional poker player will need to understand is that when you are just starting out as a beginner, you will likely be awful. And this could last for a very long time before you see any results or glimmers of progress. The feeling of winning, however, is incredible. Knowing that you can win a full year’s worth of groceries in just a few hours is thrilling. The attention to detail is incredible because you study your own forms and habits of playing and then you study those who you play with as well. The game requires patience and concentration. This is where the endurance comes in because you need to practice patience and concentration for hours.

Another quality that one needs is flexibility. Poker does change consistently. You need to be able to adjust to how the game curves over time if you are looking to play professionally and long term. You may believe that you are a poker master and it is okay to be confident. Just know that there are tons of others out there who feel the same way and are just as confident as you. In some cases, they are more experienced. Which brings us to our next important quality- level-headedness. When you lose big time, you feel incredibly defeated because you have just seen a grand sum of money walk out of your hands. In some cases, people can’t handle losing. This goes far past being a sore loser because you are losing something tangible such as money. When you lose a sporting event you just lose the game. You are not betting on anything. The next quality is having creativity. You need to be able to understand that people will try to predict what you are going to do and what moves you are going to make. You will need to be steps ahead of them and get creative. This comes with practice and a decent amount of experience.

Professionals who have discussed the lifestyle of earning a living off of playing poker express that the job does have many up sides including the job flexibility, free time, earnings that stretch to six figures, and of course the obvious satisfaction that comes with winning. There are downsides to this lifestyle, however. Many professionals have trouble managing their money. They have difficult times relating to their friends with other jobs. It is possible to earn a living off of playing poker.

Text messages are the new pink slips, which are the new black

The layoff confrontation is difficult for everyone. There’s something utterly humiliating about trying to fight back tears while someone from HR talks you through severance paperwork. Or in my case, sobbing uncontrollably while they hand you tissues. It can’t be pleasant for middle management either. After all, sometimes they are just the messenger.

Yes, it is an awkward conversation. And there really isn’t a nice way to do it. But when it comes to poorly managed downsizing, cyber-firing definitely takes the cake.

So imagine my horror at finding out that a friend of mine in the UK was recently laid off – get this – by SMS! WTF? A phone call is bad enough. A letter or email is pushing it. A text message is inhumane.

I’d never heard of anything like this before. A quick Google search, however, uncovered several instances of this practice, mostly outside of the US. Even dating as far back as 2002, unsuspecting employees in places like the UK and Canada have been receiving rude awakenings on their handsets.

To me, it seems like a practice that is not just insensitive – it’s also kind of risky. Text messages are not fool proof. I can’t tell you how many times my own have been lost in the ether (almost as many times as I claim they have). What if the message never gets through, and the person shows up to work the following day?

“Didn’t you get my text message?”


“Oh. Well, you’ve been let go. Sorry.”

Talk about awkward.

The only reasons for a company to do such a thing – the only reasons I can think of anyway – are efficiency and cowardice. I guess laying off 400+ employees face-to-face is a lot of work. I know you’ve probably had it with the relationship analogies, but please, indulge me one last time – it’s sort of like breaking up with someone via text message. Sure, it’s more efficient, and eliminates the inevitable awkwardness. But could you live with yourself afterward? Probably not. Clearly, some upper managers have less of a conscience.

I guess I should be grateful that no matter how terrible my layoff experience was, my managers were at least kind enough to humor me with an explanation, and to pass me the box of Kleenex.