Whether you’ve been playing for a while or are a complete newbie, the chances are that if you’ve tried your hand at an online game recently then you’ve had a game of online poker. From Australia to the UK and far beyond, the popularity of online poker has dramatically risen over the last few years, with advancements in technology playing a large part. From added conveniences of playing anywhere and at any time, to not having to master your poker face, and a variety of more beneficial online bonuses and larger jackpots, online poker is being hugely popular.
This popularity of online poker has also brought about an age of online professional poker players, in which more and more people are now beginning to make online poker a professional career. So what’s the benefit of being a professional poker player, why would you choose that as a career, and who are some of the industry’s top online poker players? Keep reading to find out…
The benefits of online poker
Whilst nothing can quite beat the atmosphere of live poker in a physical venue, the online experience has become more and more realistic, to the point where it’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in an online game and forget you’re not there. From enhanced graphics to online communities and other lifelike features, online poker can often offer a lot more than playing in a brick and mortar venue, and not to mention, you don’t have to leave your sofa to play.
Some of the benefits of playing online poker include:
- The online bonuses and promotions – Online bonuses and promotions are quite often saved up for new players, meaning there’s never been a better time than now to dip your toe in the water. In addition, the larger pool of players can mean that jackpots are significantly higher than in the physical world. Spend a few minutes doing some research to find out what the best games are for online bonuses.
- The wide variety of poker games – In poker terms, one of the biggest hooks of playing online is being able to ‘multi-table’. If you’re a poker fanatic, then look no further as online poker enables you to play more than two games at once. And what’s even better is than more games at once means more chances of winning.
What’s it like to play online poker as a career?
When you think of an online poker player, you may think of a young person in their early twenties who barely ever leaves their bedroom and is in need of getting their own place. Well in contradiction to this stereotype, the majority of people who choose to pursue a career in online poker have actually come from a pretty professional background. From bankers to health professionals, people from all walks of life are now choosing to drop the day job in the hopes of becoming free from the 9-5 restrictions. So what does a career in poker really offer?
For starters, there’s quite a bit of travel involved, there’s more money to be made and it’s actually becoming a more respectable career than it was in the past. As one professional poker player from India explains, whilst online poker was not something that used to be accepted by a traditional Indian family who expected their son to take up a more common profession, the opportunities brought about by online poker has meant that it has become far more widely accepted than it once was.
Multiple Poker Championship winner, Kunal Patni comments –
“Professional online poker players are making enough today that they can tell their parents that this is what they do, and they are flourishing and sustaining,”
However, whilst it may seem like the ideal lifestyle, players still need to be willing to put in a lot of effort, train often and work hard to make the most of any opportunities that come their way. Online Poker may seem like a laid-back career but it’s still a full time job and requires players to work 5 days or more a week, whilst often also having to work on the weekends.
In addition, whilst the wins can be big and the earnings much more than your typical day job, some professional players have described it a bit like investing in the stock market whereby the value of your winnings can go up and down very frequently. Some of the advice that professional players are giving to newbies is that you should start small and gradually increase or move the bankroll for a larger sum of money.
Who are the professional players?
Some of the best professional poker players currently are Maria Konnikova; a psychologist and writer, turned professional poker player, Patrick Antonius, Erik Seidel and Doyle Brunson. Many of these people left their professional lives to become full-time poker players and have never looked back.
So whether you’re only just getting started, or you’re truly sick and tired of your day job and are looking for a way out, online poker offers a fantastic professional career with may opportunities and challenges a long the way. What are you waiting for?