I've been playing online poker since last December, and, while I'm not good enough to make a living (especially because I play at "micro-limits", so there's a bit more of luck involved than at the higher stakes) I am good enough to make the money that I want. So if I want to, let's say, earn $100 so I can go to a party this next weekend, it's pretty easy to do so. However, if I want to let the money grow into a huge amount, climb the stakes, etc., like a pro would do, then I seem to get stuck pretty easily.
Because I also study theory and review sessions, I consider myself a semi-pro player, that can make some side income (actually my only source of income right now as a 19 year old student) when he needs to.
I've also tried live in a very small local casino and I run amazingly well, so now I'm thinking about maybe upgrading to a bigger casino as a frequent player somewhere down the road.
I'm curious about what the GaG community (especially girls though) thinks about poker players. One girl I met a few months back actually got hugely turned off by seeing me playing in front of her. As soon as she realized it was real cash I was playing for, she just shut down her body language.
As some side notes, I usually only play more than 2 hours in a row only when I need to get money for somethnig, otherwise I can go for months without playing or playing only 1 tournament and day. And yes, I have no problems admiting that my best sources of income are drunk, addicted people. If I make the sacrifice to spend the night awake and sleep in the daytime/afternoon, the 4am-9am period is when you find druken people who've been losing all night and will basically hand you dozens of dollars in an angry attempt to get their money back. This happens online, but mostly live. And I also tend to tease these people so they get mad at me and invest even more.
On the other hand, when the players are in they normal state, it's a game that involves some deep thinking and body-reading skills (regarding live play).
So, how would you guys react if you met someone tomorrow that told you he's a semi-pro poker player? Would you think of him as a gambler, addict, or souless person?
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I'm a day trader, so I'd be picking his brain on the psychological and emotional control during the game.
I think this is a great skillset you're building. Even if you end up on wall street with huge bonuses, having a backup source of cash can only help.1