Originally Posted by UHF
I'm just laughing at the image of a man with his head poking out the top of a cardboard box in a back alley saying 'Hey at least I gave it a shot'. Making a living from poker would be great, but the poker stars do it through paid sponsorship not winnings.
Your limiting beliefs about poker are pretty off base, did you even read my post above?
It is possible to make a living off poker and not be one of the big name pros. I am living proof, I have paid living expenses for 2 people for over 3 years now solely on poker winnings. I have never deposited a cent, I got started off freerolls. If by paid sponsorship you mean rakeback, yes most pros have rakeback but its not limited to anyone just do a quick google search and you can find many sites with similar offers. (raketherake is well known)
One thing I have learned in the past few years as a pro poker player is that there will always be haters. I think anytime people try to go their own way and break the script that is set out for them people will resist, because they have been programmed all their life that the script is the only way. (highschool-college/university-9-5 job-married-kids-picket fence-retire-die)
For people with lots of ambition to make it on their own and be their own boss I think poker is a perfect venture to look into. Just go into it with the mindset that its a business and treat it like one and you will succeed.