Can You Make Money Playing Poker Online?
Okay, the short answer to the question is a resounding, “Yes!”
However, there are caveats, or as they say these days, disclaimers.
First of all, poker is both a game of skill and luck.
You can learn how to play the game better than almost anybody else, but if Lady Luck hands the other guy four deuces, the really great hand you’ve been nursing and playing properly just might be the losing hand. That’s one of the first things you have to realize if you are thinking about playing poker for money. It doesn’t matter if it’s a televized online tournament seen by millions, or just a game in the living room with some neighbors, luck is going to play a part in the process, and you just have to get used to that.
So, when you ask, “Can you make money playing poker online?”, you must realize that while you can do a lot of things to influence the results in a positive way…i.e. YOU win, there is always the chance that you will do everything right and still lose.
On the other hand, there IS that part of poker that YOU DO have some control over.
You know, the “skill” thing.
There are a lot of people who are “good at poker”, who then go to the conclusion that they are in some way “better” than all the other “good” poker players out there. If a bunch of “good” poker players sit down at a table to play, even if luck doesn’t become involved, it will soon become apparent that some of those good poker players are better than others.
Now, just as in any sport or competition, there are going to be some players who will have a natural affinity for the game. Some may have played for years against highly competent players, and this action helped to hone their skills. Some will have both things going for them, and this will make them formidable opponents indeed.
However, also as in other sports or competition, many who rise to the ranks of the best players are going to be those who study and practice.
All the casual play in the world, and all the natural affinity for the activity, will normally give way before the player who has prepared himself or herself in every way possible.
There are hundreds of books on poker. I know this, because my wife is the real poker player in the family, and she has most of them. She also has several kinds of software which allow her to hone her game even when she is not online. She was a housewife who learned she liked poker. She studied and practiced and began winning. She had no prior experience with the game. Perhaps she has a natural affinity for it, but I’ve been married to her for long enough to believe that whatever affinity she does have for it is important but is not the most important aspect of her success.
She, like so many others, has simply learned that study and practice can make a champion poker player.
So, if you are wondering, “Can you make money playing poker online?”, the answer is, “Yes, you can”.
However, unless you have some personal skill or insight of which I cannot be aware at this time, be prepared to study and practice until your dream of becoming a champion poker player comes true.