One of the questions I get asked the most by readers is ‘how realistic is it to make a side income playing poker?’ And of course, ‘how much can I make?’In this blog, I’ll answer both.
In working with numerous clients over the years I find that most people have a target range of a few grand per month. In a minute, I’ll break down the math to see what it would take at the various stakes so you can decide for yourself how feasible it is.
Then, I’ll leave you with some resources to help make it a reality.
Disclaimer: I’m not going to pretend making $2,000 per month playing poker is easy just to sell you my course on how to do it. It’s not. The simple truth is most people who play poker will never accomplish this. Anyone that tells you otherwise is either lying or uninformed.
But if you’re already playing poker, are serious about the game and want to improve, then it’s not only possible, but I’ve helped many people achieve this goal, and beyond.
In this article we’ll focus exclusively on cash games, as they are by far the most stable and sustainable way to make money in poker. Tournaments have much higher variance and come with substantially more risk, and are therefore less reliable.
In short, if you’re looking to turn poker into a profitable side hustle or full-time endeavor, allocating the majority of your time and effort to cash games will serve you well. Here’s a detailed breakdown of exactly how I manage my bankroll.