Can I Be A Professional Gambler?

As in any profession there are certain characteristics one must posses in order to be a Professional Gambler.    There are some more important than others  and some that can be improved upon, but you must have or acquire certain intrinsic characteristics to be successful.  Think of it as someone with shaky hands who wants to be a brain surgeon, not going to happen.

The most important quality of a gambler is discipline.  That may at first sound a bit like an oxymoron, disciplined gambler?  However, without it you will fail.  Let me repeat that, if you do not have self-discipline and have trouble controlling your actions, do not become a gambler.  In fact, if you lack discipline, when you see a casino run!

Knowledge equals power is an old adage that many people live by, but knowledge without action is useless.  I can teach you everything you need to know about becoming a winning gambler, but if every time you walk into a casino you must have a few drinks or have to put $100 on the #24 in roulette because that’s your lucky number, no amount of knowledge can help you.

Another important quality is being detail oriented.  Gamblers need to be precise in their actions and recording those actions.  What may seem insignificant to some, may be the deference between making a profit or losing money for a gambler.   Is the blackjack count +4 or +5?  One may think, either one, no big deal.  Wrong it’s a huge deal.  Mistakes such as this can cost you a lot of money.

This is an area I’ve had to work on and continue to work on to this day.  I had to take “close enough” out of my vocabulary. I have no idea what I sign when I get a new car, but I now make sure that I know every detail about what a casino offers for comps, reward points, promotions ect.  Reading the fine print has become necessary, at least as far as gambling is concerned.

Included with being detail oriented is the ability to keep precise records.  Every dollar you put on the table or in the video poker machine must be recorded accurately, as well as every dollar you take out.  We will cover in a later chapter what exactly needs to be recorded, but the message here is that it must be done every time completely and accurately.          TO BE CONTINUED……..


About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

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