Even if you don’t know much about poker you might have a secret dream of becoming one of the stars, making millions of dollars each year by playing in cash games and tournaments. Several poker stars became pros by playing online. One example of this is Thomas Dwan Jr. who called himself Durrr online and made big money by playing in high stake No Limit Texas Holdem games in online poker rooms. But Tom is not the only one and certainly not the most successful one.
There are several poker stars that began their careers as anonymous players in poker rooms online. They might have started out by looking for casinos on sites like APNET and then realizing that the casino site also had a poker room. Trying their poker skills out in the poker room they started to win more money than on the casino games and in time they turned into true poker players.
There are big tournaments online but the most famous players appear in land based events like the WSOP (World Series of Poker). The cool thing is that if you play on a poker site you will most likely get a chance to win tickets to these kind of tournaments. And if you are good this could be your way to the stars and to the big money.
Starting out in a casino is quite normal but you will have to sharpen your poker skills in order to make it all the way to the top. Casino poker games are not the same as the ones found in the poker rooms where you will play against other players and bet differently. It is not enough to know the names of the poker hands and have a good feeling for what cards are about to come up. In real poker you need to learn how to bet with a poker face in order to win game after game.
You don’t have to quit your job to become a poker pro when you can play online. A good example of this is Andrew Seidman who was still in college when he discovered that he was good at poker. While waiting for a response from a possible summer job he played online poker and made $7000. This summer led to a life as a poker pro traveling all over the world and dropping out of college to pursue his new career as a poker star.
While it is quite possible to study or work simultaneously along with online games it is not so much an option once you become a real pro. At that point you need to be able to join events in different places where you can win big money. If you are very good at poker this can pay off but in the beginning it is a bit risky and some players just stick to the online