It seems like almost every day there are new economic worries popping up, so it is no surprise that people are looking to make a bit of extra money from your home. We’ve covered how to make money from your PC before, but there are plenty of options available for what your home business could look like.
Many people have turned to their hobbies for extra income during difficult times. Playing online games like poker are the perfect way to monetize something you would be doing anyway in your spare time. Poker isn’t all about the extravagance of the casino floor, after all; plenty of professional players get the bulk of their money by playing against people online.
There are lots of advantages to playing poker online over in-person games. There are no travel costs to get to casinos or pricey overnight stays in hotels for tournaments. Some online providers even take the hard work away from you; in person, it can be difficult to calculate poker odds, but online you are often provided with a Heads-Up Display (HUD) which does all that for you. You can even play at multiple tables at the same time, provided you’re able to keep the tables straight and don’t slow play down. Professional players like Germany’s Dominik Nitsche have made the bulk of their poker winnings online over the past several years and even turned that online success into mainstream tournament wins.
If you want to be like Nitsche, then there are a few things to consider before you get started. It is a long, difficult road but here are some of our top tips for how to make money from poker in the comfort of your own home.
Invest in the Hardware
Playing poker online has some practical considerations to it. Obviously, you’ll need a PC that can run the software of your chosen provider, as well as a fast and stable internet connection. We’d also suggest investing in a comfortable chair and adjustable desk; you’ll be spending a lot of time at both, after all. Finally, have a dual monitor set up so you can have your game on one screen and record your stats on the other. This multitasking becomes even more important if you want to try playing multiple tables at a time.
Try Before You Commit
We all enjoy our hobbies, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be able to turn them into full-blown professions. Spending a full workday just playing poker can be exhausting, even if it is what you love, so be sure to test the waters a bit before you quit your day job. Take a week off work and spend that week just playing poker online. If you’re still motivated and fired up at the end of the week, then you should be able to give it your full attention. If you feel burned out already, it might be best to leave poker as a hobby for the time being.
Never Stop Studying
Poker is a complicated game and you need to constantly be learning new strategies and, more importantly, reviewing your personal tendencies if you want to make it a long career. Record your games as much as possible, especially the outcomes of specific hands, so you can see where you go wrong and where you go right. There are even tools that can help you assess what choices you should have made, which can help you make the statistically right choice the next time that kind of hand comes up.