Popular glamorized movies have given a pretty unrealistic version of what does a professional poker room looks from within. They have an image of dark room with smoke and a table full of sharks ready to rob every single penny off your favorite hero. The truth is however that none of these glamorized scenes are close to reality. Professional player experience a friendly environment and an environment which is defined by multi ethnicity and learning new skills.
In the real world, poker is no different than any other profession. Every profession, every business has risks and so does poker. Some elements of risk come wrapped under the cover of financial investments while some are when someone is presenting you with a pot. Usually direct risks are more honest as in the world of poker.
When you enter the world of professional poke, you’ll meet a lot of individuals who haven’t gone to work (in conventional sense) for as long as 7-8 years and approached to poker as a business professionally. In every business one party suffers a loss and other gain something, this is the same way poker works, in fact more directly than anyone else.
An accountant or a club owner sees delayed results, their profits or losses comes in a long term calculations, while the pain of defeat or the joy of victory can be seen on the faces of a player right away. At the end of the day every one of them is bound by similar laws of business, loss or gain of one affects the other quite the opposite. Most business start ups fail within the first 5 years of their starting because their quality of service or goods or marketing was inferior to that of their competitors. So comparing all these facts with poker, we can safely say that poker is nothing but another form of a business. The fundamental rule stays the same, be better than your opponent.
When a experienced worker is preferred over the inexperienced one then it is clear that one is preferring results over anything else. It is possible that till the time the rookie doesn’t gain experience properly, he’ll be handled the less important clients, where it is ok to make the initial mistakes. Sometimes the rookie becomes better than the experienced one after a certain time but in the long run it is only the performance that matters. So at last poker is nothing more than a business in its different form, with all the elements of risks and so we can see a lot of professionals doing nothing else for money other than playing poker day and night, what a sweet, fun way to make a living.