If you are thinking of taking up gambling as a profession, you need to first ask yourself why you really want to do it. Most people imagine a life of glamour, not having anyone to answer to, waking up in the late morning, or not having to commute. However, this is not what really happens. The professional gamblers who take their work seriously work tirelessly to be financially well off. They often research the form for a good number of hours before eventually deciding that the odds are not worth the stake after all. If you want to make good money from gambling, then you need to embrace the job as any other career. Here are a few things you need to have if you are considering becoming a professional gambler.
- Bankroll: You need to have a bankroll and this excludes the credit you can borrow from your plastic card.
- Discipline: You will have to know when to make a bet and when not to and not just place a bet for the sake of placing one.
- Ego: This has been the downfall of many a would-be professional gambler. If you have made it this far, why inflate your ego?
- Emotions: You need to have a grip on your emotions. Do not let the highs or lows cause you to get on an emotional rollercoaster. Your chances of success are close to zero if you are unable to handle your emotions.
- Focus: You will not make it if there are other distractions in your life, such as family, challenges, or situations that will divert your attention while gambling.
- Math: Having good mathematical skills is what will keep you in this business longer than anything else. If you are not good at math, have someone tutor you. If you do not want to take lessons, then its best you opt for another career.
- Money Management: You need to know the amount of money you will place on a bet that will not hurt your bankroll. You cannot, for example, place a $5,000 bet on a bankroll of $50,000; neither can you play the $5 slots with a $100,000 bank roll. You will be broke faster than you can say “Jack Robinson”.
- No Superstitions: No professional gambler is successful and superstitious.
- Pull the Trigger: Every opportune time you have, you should be able to make a bet that is appropriate. If you are looking at the money you hope to make as a means to getting what you want, then you are in the wrong profession.
- Record Keeping: If you do not plan to keep records, then you are planning to fail.
When all is said and done, gambling is a serious profession that needs to be given all the weight due to it. You cannot afford to be slack in placing your bets; neither can you afford to attach any emotion to it. The more clear-headed and focused you are, the better professional gambler you will become.