Not Everyone Can Become A Poker Pro According To Dutch Boyd

Not Everyone Can Become A Poker Pro According To Dutch BoydDutch Boyd knows more than most about the highs and lows of playing poker for a living, as the 3-times WSOP bracelet may have earned $2,477,293 from live tournaments since 2002, but he also went broke in 2012 and at the time said he was looking for just about any job to make money, “even if it’s washing dishes for minimum wage.”
Naturally, the 34 year-old has a cautionary warning for any player with ambitions of turning pro, and responding to a question posed by a 22-year-old aspiring pro, Boyd said a player has the potential to become a poker professional within 6 months, although he did add the caveat that the time scale only applied to already winning players. As far as anyone else is concerned, Boyd explained:
“Not anybody can make it in poker. I’ve known a lot of people in my life that could spend 10 years studying and reading and still would just lose. With the rake, it’s a hugely negative sum game. The vast majority of players lose, and the vast majority of “pro” players are actually just passing through. It’s become a misnomer.. a way of saying ‘unemployed and not looking.’”
That may not have been the answer the would-be-pro wanted to hear, but it does at least seem a fairly realistic assessment considering the estimates of winning players in the game varies between a miniscule 1-5%.
Furthermore, Boyd elaborated on what a player had to do in order to eventually become a pro, stating that each day a few hours had to be dedicated to not just playing, but also to “actively working on your game” by reading books, visiting forums, watching training videos, as well as poker TV coverage of final tables, etc. In the end, though, Dutch Boyd seems to back up the popular quote that poker is a “hard way to make an easy living”, and he concludes his piece by stating:
“I would suggest that there are very few reasons that should lead someone to seriously take it up as a career. It’s stressful, low reward, unproductive, unstable. If you are looking for freedom, there are better ways to get it. If you are looking for fame, there are better ways to earn it. If you are looking for money, there are easier ways to achieve it. If you want to play for the love of the game.. well… I guarantee you after ten years of playing for a living, that love will be gone.”

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