In season four of the Official Red Chip Poker Podcast Founder, James ‘Splitsuit’ Sweeney and long time heads-up pro, and now live cash-game player, Chris Warren break down the pros and cons of becoming a professional poker player. 

What is it?

In the podcast the duo define what a pro player is and share their personal experiences playing semi-pro and full-time while disputing ‘purist’ vs. ‘diversified’ professionals. 

Topics of discussion include which age groups according to the pair are best suited for ‘going pro’, what personality traits they believe are required to be a successful pro, and some of the mental pitfalls to consider for those who are considering making professional poker their single source of income.

Who is it?

James ‘Splitsuit’ Sweeney, Founder, Red Chip Poker

Chris Warren, a long time heads-up pro and now live cash-game player

What is being said?

Sweeney: “They have never been their own boss for more than two minutes. They have never had to set an alarm in the morning and wake up and they’re only responsible to themselves and they’re going to hold themselves responsible for studying really aggressively and putting in hours when things are going really poorly because they will go really poorly. 

“How do you handle all that and when poker is your sole reliance financially it can be very very difficult to find the motivation to put in extra study time to continue putting in the volume all of these things especially when things are going poorly. 

“A bad losing month can really put you in a tailspin and if you’ve never had to work through those self disciplines, self motivation kind of stuff, it’s going to be tough, like real tough.” 

Why should I watch it?

To see the life of a professional poker player the highs and lows, the good, bad and the ugly. 

Where can I see more?

Source: Red Chip Poker YouTube Channel

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