How Much Money Can You Make Playing Poker?

Posted: 2016-12-07 21:56 By: Casinocradle.com



Obviously the size of the game (six-max or full ring) and the stakes you're playing (the higher you play the lower you're win rate will be) will affect the amount you win; however, as a general guide you can class anything around 5bb+ as a good win rate.

One expectation to this rule is in the live arena. In general online cash games tend to be tougher than physical confrontations which means you can expect a bigger win rate in a live setting. Concrete numbers are difficult to obtain because of a lack of tracking, but in general you can expect to make around 8bb-10bb/ 100 if you're a good player. However, it's important to note that you will see far fewer hands per hour in a live game; thus while your win rate may be lower in an online game, the amount you make per hour can actually be more because you can play more hands.
The Curious Case of Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen was once one of the most dominant poker players in the world but after a surge of young players began to control the game he seemingly lost his way. However, despite those around him getting better he's still hailed as an elite player even though he's a major loser online. Indeed, over the course of 1,383,179 hands of online poker he has lost a staggering $15,628,983. These losses certainly belie how skilled he actually is and sit in stark contrast to the amount he's won in live cash games and tournaments ($11,240,677).

The reason why Gus's online losses are so vast is that he often plays in tough games that don't suit his style. As we've previously hinted, your win rate is dependent on a number of factors and one of those is game selection. Find the right game for your skill set is crucial and one of the major influences on how little or much you can make. Thus, if you want to avoid losing like Gus then make sure you choose your games wisely.

Gus Hansen earnings chart
How Can You Improve Your Earning Potential?

Now that we've established what's possible and what's likely when it comes to making money at the poker table, it's probably wise to spend some time looking at how you can improve your win rate. Poker is a constantly evolving game and studying is very important for players of all skill levels. Indeed, aside from proper game selection, you need to ensure that you're familiar with the latest betting trends in the poker world.

For example, it used to be the case that a strong player could simply 3-bet pre-flop with a wide range and expect to make money from those around him folded too easily. However, as poker has evolved it seems that most players have begun to adopt this aggressive style and now 3-betting pre-flop is not the powerful weapon it used to be. Indeed, in order to exploit this change in dynamics the best players are now raising a lot less pre-flop. Moreover, they have decreased their opening bets from 3bbs to 2.5bbs and 2bbs.

The only way to stay up-to-date with these developments is by reading the latest strategies, watching training views and reviewing your own play. Additionally, having competent friends in the community, such as those found inside the virtual confines of Cards Chat, can help improve your chances of success.

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