I doubt that someone actually makes a living out of poker, but again, I don't really know for sure. Gambling in general has an element of luck in it. I'm not sure anyone would adopt that as their unique income source.
I don't know anyone who makes a living from playing poker but I love your question and I'm also eager to learn the answer to that. In fact, I would like to know if there are people on this forum who are willing to coach others in this game?
Hey Orton, if you really want to learn how to make money from playing poker then I think your best bet would be to ask someone who is already doing that. The rest of us might have advice for you but we are all in the same boat, so it won't really mean much I think...
I can describe myself as semi-pro: I don't do poker for a living, but I have a nice profit from the game. I started playing poker back in 2010 and finished every year so far with profit ( total profit of 20k$).
However, I never was brave ( or stupid) enough to quit my job ( which I enjoy a lot) and try to do poker for a living. However, I do know a lot of people from the industry some of them literally millionaires from the game. Some of them are at the moment in Vegas playing the World Series of Poker.
Actually, I run a poker coaching websites where we have coaches teaching other player how to improve at the game. All of the coaches are professionals and earn their living with the game. They all have 5 and 6 figure profits and support their families through the game. If you are eager to learn more about them or ask them anything here is a list with all the coaches I currently have on my website:
@N3v3rFoLd1ng that's not such a bad amount especially when you were looking at it as a secondary source of income. I have always believed that there are people who bet full-time and actually live on it. Turning pro requires quite a lot and most people are never willing to put in the required effort.
Secondary income- true. Still I invested tons of time to watch videos, analyze hands, but there is no other way to beat the limits. And regarding turning pro definitely you have to go out from your comfort zone and sacrifice a lot of things- mainly your social life. The professionals I know play sometimes like 14-16 hours a day, they don't have colleagues at work to hang out with and so on.
Sacrifices have to made and at times they can be so demanding. I cannot begin to imagine playing for 14 to 16 hours a day non-stop.
Nonetheless, aren't most of us stuck in jobs where we put in hours daily but at the end of the day we end up not being satisfied? I put in as many hours as possible in something that have a passion in.
Reading this, I actually get the feeling that anything is possible, especially when the necessary work rate is applied. I can imagine what a professional Poker player needs to have and discipline looks like one of those. Nothing comes easy, whichever way you want to look at it.