Professional poker players are usually just average people like you and I. They didn’t go to gambling school to get a degree on poker, although it might seem that way.
Most of the time they had regular job titles before, like New Zealand’s very own champion Lee Nelson, who was a doctor previously.
You would think having a qualification behind your name would be handy when pursuing a career in poker, in case things turn sour and all, but nowadays kids are dropping out of school without a second thought.
Students are getting inspired by people like Charlie Carrel, a 25-year-old Englishman who dropped out of school to become a professional player. Keeping in mind he was already earning some winnings when he decided to quit school. Question is, is it wise?
A study that was done in Norway concluded that we may see fewer students dropping out of school to play poker professionally. Their reason is that the online poker market has become less profitable.
However, those who do consider playing on a professional level would struggle to combine education and poker. This is mostly since playing poker can be time-consuming, leaving students unable to focus when in their schooling environment. To be successful at the game, dedication and structure are needed.
It is also known that gambling addiction is a real problem, and students are more susceptible to having an addiction problem. At a younger age, their priorities aren’t in the right order just yet and this could lead them to make irresponsible decisions.
With all that said, ultimately it is up to the player to decide what’s best for himself. It is advisable to research and make an informed decision when it comes to schooling and gambling.
However, it is better to have some education as a backup plan in case things don’t work out as planned. If you’re currently an amateur poker player struggling with school and thinking of dropping out, do some research first.
It is best to examine the outcomes of dropping out of school without qualifications before you go ahead and pursue a career as a pro poker player.
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