There are a lot of new concerns in the poker world, such as how to balance time at the tables against time spent with family and friends. In addition, with the number of female poker players growing every year, more female-oriented questions are starting to take centre stage. To help women understand the game of poker as well as the lifestyle that goes along with being a poker pro, PokerStars asked some members of its Team Pros to answer questions. Fielding questions via Facebook and Twitter, a number of pros stepped up to the plate.
A question asked how one could convince her family to see poker as a legitimate profession rather than just a hobby or passion. Liv Boeree, Leo Margets, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, and Vicky Coren gave their own responses.
Boeree provided the interesting suggestion of the reader teaching poker to her family and playing with them. In this manner, they would be able to see just how complicated the game can be and what it takes to be a consistent winner. Explaining concepts like bankroll management would also be another way to add towards the idea of being a professional poker player as a viable job.
Celina Lin advised the reader to think about it from the family’s perspective. Because playing poker is not a traditional occupation, the family might be worried about the player going broke or not being able to survive. What could change their opinion is proof of success, such as a big tournament win or appearing on the cover of a poker magazine.
Another idea came from both Leo Margets and Fatima Moreira de Melo. The former argued that a good strategy would be to explain the math side of poker, making it as technical as possible to remove luck from the perception of the family. This method turns the game of poker more into an equation to be solved rather than gambling, which can sway opinions dramatically. Fatima Moreira de Melo made a similar analogy, comparing poker to working in the stock market. By using all the available information to make a good decision, a person will gain in the long run of playing.
Getting people to change their minds can be a difficult task, but the common perception of poker has already changed greatly in the past 20 years. It is no longer thought of as a gambling game from the wild west, but rather the skilled competition that it has become.
Read the answers in full here.