What exactly is a professional poker player?

I was talking with a new co-worker and she told me that her boyfriend is a professional poker player. I've never heard that before. Everyone that I know who plays poker does it once a week or once a month for fun. I asked her if he plays every day and she said yes. He's 21 years old. I asked if he pays taxes on his winnings like employees do on wages and she said, "well, waitresses don't claim all their tips." Can anyone give me an overview of a career as a professional poker player since I'm clueless? How do they find work? How much do they make? What are the possitives & negatives of such a career? Is it something someone can do their whole life?

Asked By: ☆skyblue - 1/2/2007
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Answered By: pokercoach - 1/2/2007
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If you are a professional, it means you get paid to play. A professional poker player, makes his (or her) living playing cards. There are always games in Las Vegas or in someone's basement or garage. You can make a lot of money doing this, but the risks probably outweigh the rewards.
Answered By: just me - 1/2/2007
Exceptional poker players can make a lucrative lively hood playing the latest rage, hold-em poker. They enter no limit tournaments and play for prize money rather than earnings. The higher the finish the greater the prize. For example, Meg Tilly, the actress, supplements her acting income by playing poker tournaments.
Answered By: - 1/2/2007
A professional poker player would be someone who makes his or her living at playing poker. There are tournaments going on all the time around the world, this is how most players 'work'. They are not making a living playing poker in someone's Thursday night poker game... More
Answered By: BGood - 1/2/2007
a professional poker player is somebody who wins in almost or every poker game
Answered By: ethan hunt - 1/2/2007
A professional anything is someone who makes a majority of their income doing a certain activity. For example, a professional Basketball Player makes a majority of their money as a basketball player. A professional poker player is a person who makes a majority of their income playing poker... More
Answered By: ccgraves2003 - 1/2/2007
It means that you earn all your income from playing poker. Some players have sponsors who cover entry fees into tournaments. But they play either cash games or tournaments to make a living. They pay taxes and work 8-10 hours a day just like a real job. The risk is that if you go on a bad run you can lose a lot of money... More
Answered By: sincity usa - 1/3/2007
Here is the answer you seek - there are three groups of so called "PROFESSIONAL POKER PLAYERS" the first and best known are the touring pros that play large tournaments and few cash games ,these players can have backers or sponsers who get some of their prize or they can be self financed ( these folks show up on TV and... More
Answered By: badmts - 1/3/2007
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