Okay, so you have decided you have got what it takes to make a living playing poker. Even if you have not come that far down the pike, you make be ready to kick your hobby playing up a notch and really see if you have what it takes to make money on a regular basis playing Omaha, Hold’em or any other poker game online. Before you quit your day job, or any other drastic maneuver, such as selling your home and heading for Vegas, you should test yourself from the convenience and safety of your current lifestyle. Even daring do high wire acts started out with a safety net.
The first thing you will want to do is pick your game. Do you have one game that you are better at than others? Start there; limit games seem the wisest choice, as you have more options to put on the brakes before things get too far out of control.
Next you will want to set a budget; treat it like a tournament with a buy-in. With a buy-in, you are only in for the upfront costs, which gives you a bit of a safety net. Set your limit first, such as $50 for the day, and if you lose that you should stop.
After that, you will want to pick a goal, which is like a limit the other way around. Because you are trying to see if you can be a grinder and make a certain amount per day, this is works like a limit because you have to stop once you hit it. If you need $200 a day to live on, then you should try for a $200 limit and play till you hit it or lose the initial $50.
What is this all going to do for you? It is going to give you a sense about what life will be like if you want to make playing online poker your livelihood, and point out any problems with the concept, before you commit yourself and get in over your head.