There have been disputes for decades around the issue ‘What is poker?  Is it a gambling game or a type of intellectual sport such as chess or draughts? Poker is considered to be one of the most fascinating gambling games everywhere. However, it isn’t completely correct to claim that poker is only a game of chance, because it is also recognized as a kind of sport in most countries, as well. If you want to become a professional, the first thing you need to learn is poker isn’t a game, which is won easily. It takes a few years to achieve mastery.

Poker player competes with the same poker players. All players have equal chance to win. Experienced and skillful players win more often. Luck is a crucial part in gambling games, but mastery isn’t.  Unlike other games, poker is all about skill. In a long run game luck vanishes and only an experienced player wins.

Is it hard to become a professional? Here are a few tips:

  • Take risks without excitement. People who are way too excited never become successful in playing poker. It is another proof that poker isn’t a gambling but intellectual game. Making important, on the edge decisions go side by side in playing poker. A player, who isn’t willing to take any chances, never will be able to win.
  • Mathematical expectation and chances. Players run probabilities of coming out a required card and compare the probability and the bet amount to the bankroll amount.
  • Keep analyzing your game. It takes time to become a professional. You have to master skills and gain knowledge and experience. Try to detect mistakes and learn from them.  Everybody makes mistakes including professionals. If you don’t find mistakes in your game, then you haven’t learned to play it yet.
  • To be become a poker professional, you need to stop wishing to become one. If you are completely blown away by the obsessive idea of becoming a professional that you start neglecting your family, duties or job, then you will never reach your goal.

Most people endeavour to learn to play poker as quickly as they can by spending lots of time in front of the computer.  As a result, they don’t find their place in poker and lose themselves in daily life. It takes time to become a professional. You can be a pro even if you play millions of games.  On the contrary, such intensity might stray you away from the aim. Your first goal should simple: learn how to play, and then you can move to the top by setting more complicated aims.