For someone looking to play poker like the pros it is imperative that you take an objective and non-emotional look at yourself and your accomplishments in the poker field so far. Here we guide you through the things you need to look at.
First, have you made an overall profit so far, or not? Can you even answer the question? If not, you really have to start taking notes on all your poker playing sessions and make sure you track your financial ups and downs. At the end of the day it’s the contents of your wallet that determines if you’re a good or bad poker player.
How many poker books have you read? A couple, many, none? Respect the skill required to play this game well, and realize that you’re as good as you deserve to be. Poker is a complex game and has a demanding mix of skill and luck that needs to be dealt with properly. The big names in the poker business did not get to where they are by just playing for fun and hoping for the best – study their tactics and read as much good literature as possible.
Have you set a budget for your poker venture? If you are to become successful you need to make sure you have financial stamina enough to learn the game and progressively build your bankroll so you can enter more expensive tournaments and cash games as you go along. Also take a critical look at where your best chance of success is – can you build more money by playing tournaments or cash games? A tournament can take hours to play, during which time you might be able to make a lot of money on the cash tables if you have the skill.