Poker is tough. I’ve been playing for almost 5 years and I’ve been on a much needed break since–I can’t even remember, the last 4-5 months? It feels awesome. When I first started playing online poker I was really interested in making money in a non-job way. I planned on going to a university nearby when I’d made $20,000. Once I made that money, everything changed. I built up my earnings by chasing free bankrolls and other offers such as free tournaments. I saw the possibilities that were in front of me. I could play texas hold’em and make a ton of money. Making a lot of money is an admirable goal, but it isn’t exactly fulfilling and not a good reason to play poker. I don’t know about you, but once I made enough money, poker didn’t really interest me anymore. I still kept playing and forced myself to play, which ruined by love for the game. Whenever you make something a must, it will end up feeling like a job sooner or later. At least that is how it was for me. Becoming a professional poker player requires hundreds if not thousands of hours before you even start to understand the basics. Some never learn the game, it just isn’t for them. If you’re thinking about texas hold’em, omaha hi/low, online poker tournaments or any other form of poker, think long and hard about how you want to go about it. If you really want to do it, I’d suggest you do it part-time at first and see how you do for a year or two. Poker can be deceptive because you CAN be lucky for a long, long time, which will skew your perspective and make you think that you are better than you really are. You may even want try poker no deposit offers to build your bankroll. I’m not here to scare you, only to share a bit of my experience during the years that I’ve played. In the end, if you really want to become a professional poker player, you will succeed. You just have to be sure that it is what you truly want. Do you like what you're reading? Want to become a better poker player? Subscribe to our RSS feed and avoid missing crucial poker tips!