You may consider yourself to be pretty good at playing online casino games. You may even consider yourself to be one of the best players the world has ever known. You drop into online roulette games, rake in the cash, and leave again, your digital wallet heavy with winnings. And, when your avatar pops up at the multiplayer poker tables the other players groan, knowing you are going to fleece them for every penny they have. Yes, you’re that good.
Either way, one question that is often asked, which no one really seems to know the answer to, is this: can a person be so good at playing online casino games that they can earn their living from it? It’s certainly an appealing thought. Quit your job, set up camp by your computer, and earn your living by raking in the loot at the online casinos. You’d never have to answer to a boss, never have to justify your bathroom break, and you’d have the bragging rights of telling others you’re a professional gambler. Get a pair of sunglasses and you’re practically a celebrity.
But, in all seriousness, is it really possible?
Luck Versus Skill
One of the key things that has to be taken into account is that some casino games are based pretty much entirely around luck. Very little can be done, for example, which will change the way a slot game behaves. Sure, you can raise or lower betting lines, and adjust your betting amount, but there is no real way to earn money consistently. That is to say, if you’re looking to earn money in a controllable way, slots games are not going to do the trick.
Craps is also very much a luck-based game, but has more options and is slightly more controllable than slot games. Still, though, it probably is not the best idea to try making a regular income from craps. The dice are simply too unpredictable, and likely to do something crazy when you least expect them to. This can work in your favour, and it often does!
There are, however, skill based games that a person really can get very good at. These games are where you’d be looking, if wanting to become a professional casino gaming legend. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular online casino games based around skill.
It may not seem like it, but a person can get truly good at a game like blackjack. It is a simple game on the surface, and it may seem like it’s all just a matter of getting lucky with cards, but blackjack is a game that offers enormous opportunity for making good decisions.
Ever notice how the dealer has one card turned face up? This is so you can make some predictions about what sort of hand the dealer is going to get. The object of the game is, after all, to beat the dealer, and not to simply go chasing after 21 as ravenously as possible.
A person who has enough time on their hands can truly dominate at blackjack. There are dozens of strategy guides to learn from, and even hundreds of tutorial videos online. It is, in fact, possible to get so good at blackjack that you can consistently earn money.
Hey, we didn’t say it would be easy or anything, and would probably take many months to get really good. Plus, you also better have a strong love for maths, because it’s going to be required.
Poker is another game that benefits enormously from practice, knowledge and, of course, a solid understanding of how to bluff. It is a well-loved game, and you probably already know that there are many professional poker players out there. In which case, there is very little else to be said. Except, of course, that getting truly good at poker is about as difficult as getting truly good at blackjack. It will take a great deal of time, and largely be based around your ability to learn strategy and apply it in the best possible way.
Now that you know the best games to play professionally, it’s time to start thinking about being a professional player. Most play casino games for fun and entertainment, but if you’re looking to put food on the table, you better get serious. If Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree can do it, why cant you?
Being a professional casino game player is indeed about being dedicated to the games, and learning every aspect of them in fine detail. But it’s also about being disciplined, managing money and knowing when to walk away. In fact, learning to walk away when the going is good will probably be the best professional skill you learn. Start there, and then work your way up to mentally calculating the percentages of the blackjack dealer getting a good hand, based on the card currently showing.