Do You Really Want to be a Professional Gambler?

Do you really want to be a professional gambler or do you just like dreaming about it? Well, at least you still have dreams because by this point most people have given up even considering that there may be other possibilities in life for them. As my readers know, I don’t advocate pro gambling as a lifestyle, by advocate I mean encourage. However, if that is the road you choose, get out there and get started and I will help you anyway I can.

I remember when I was teaching elementary school, it was so refreshing whenever you would ask a child what they wanted to be when they grew up.  The answers were always: doctor, scientist, astronaut, professional athlete, president.  When children give these answers, adults just smile to themselves and think it’s cute but in no way take them seriously.  Ask an adult if they could be any of those things and see what their answers are.

Dream Professional Gambler

How do we get from believing anything is possible to, I can only do a few things?  Life.  Life wears us down so that our dreams slowly vanish.  At some point we don’t even think about those options anymore.  We find a job that will pay the bills, so we can “settle down.” “Settle down,” what does that even mean?  To me it means take all your excitement and passion about life and get rid of it, so you can achieve mediocrity.

As we grow older slowly we learn the things that we cannot do.  We are told by others what is and isn’t possible.  Then we acquire that belief and make it our own.  By the time we are ready to graduate high school and our guidance counselor asks us what we want to do after graduation, we are told to be realistic.  If we say one of the five professions I spoke of earlier, we better have a track record to back it up.  If I say I want to study to be a Doctor and I have a C grade point average through high school, do you think my dream will be reinforced?  Do you think my guidance counselor, my parents, my friends, or anybody who knows me will stand behind me and say that’s a great idea, you would make a great Dr.?  I doubt it.  Most would say you can’t be a Dr. with those grades, you can barely get into college.  Why don’t you choose something more realistic.

Next thing we know we wake up 15-20 years later with a steel cage around us.  Most of use have “settled down” and are married with children.  We have bills to pay each month, and family obligations to meet.  We’re doing pretty well.  We live in a nice home and have a middle class lifestyle.  We do all the things we are “supposed” to do and things are great.  Are they?  What’s the first thought that enters your mind when you open your eyes in the morning?  If it’s, “Ugh, I have to go to work, it’s a weekday,” then things aren’t great.

Changes don’t have to be dramatic. Maybe you always wanted to learn how to count cards in blackjack or take singing lessons or whatever it is that interests you. The point is the changes don’t have to be life altering decisions. The important part is you start to pursue the dreams that you have.

What usually happens for those that get through the first barrier and finally take action is, they don’t receive immediate success so they give up right away. I’m guilty of this myself. I’ve always said that if I didn’t have some early success when I decided to gamble full-time, I would have given up. It was that early winning streak that gave me the courage to move forward.

However, the lesson was learned and when the first few publishers said they didn’t want to publish my gambling memoir (Huntington Press the big gambling publisher never even answered any of my queries), it didn’t stop me. I continued my dream of writing and publishing a book. In fact, it had the opposite effect. I’m not very good at being told “No,” so once Huntington Press didn’t even give me the common courtesy to reply to my three proposals, that just stoked the fire. That’s the attitude you must have because people will try to tear your dreams apart. Don’t let them.

I’ve been fortunate to find my calling as a writer who primarily writes about gambling, and continue to gamble part-time. Who knows where this will lead, but I know I will continue to strive to achieve any other dreams I have and all the critics be damned. Failure will no longer be a roadblock either. It will be taken for what it is, another lesson learned.

Get out there this week and do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Get out of your comfort zone. I wish you luck and remember it’s not about success or failure, it’s about getting out there and doing it.

Do you really want to be a professional gambler? If you do that doesn’t mean you quit your job and invest your life savings into a gambling bankroll (like I foolishly did), it simply means it’s time to start studying, researching, practicing, all the things necessary to become a successful gambler, then at some point you may be ready to become a true full-time professional gambler.

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.

2 Responses to “Do You Really Want to be a Professional Gambler?”

  1. Did you ever consider poker. Seems harder to get an edge in sports betting or blackjack.

    • Your right it is because casinos don’t like to lose money. I considered poker early on, but I really wanted to beat the casino and bookies out of their money instead of other poker players. Still may turn to poker one day, but for right now I want to try and take every dime I can from the casinos. Thanks for the question.

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