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First of all you need the technical skills to be a winner in at least one form of the game. Second of all you need to be sure about it by putting in a large sample size. Thirdly, you need to be able to deal with the financial and emotional swings. And finally you need to play high enough stakes or a large enough volume of hands and sustain it month-in, month-out. Still think it's easy? Ok, give it a shot for 6 months and tell me what you think! Here are a few other traits that good professional players usually exhibit:
- Self-motivation - You will not always want to play poker. Especially if you are in a downswing or your friends are doing something that seems like more fun. Sometimes, though, when a game is really good, other things just have to be put on hold.
- Discipline - Sometimes you need to take a shot at a higher limit game when the table looks juicy. However, doing undisciplined things like chasing losses and playnf with tilt will make you go broke before you even realize what happened.
- Adaptability - There are a lot of things you may need to adapt to. You may need to adjust to a new schedule possibly, new stakes, new players, new styles and even new sites or new games. Change with the times or get left behind.
- Creativity - You can't always play ABC poker. Sometimes you need to mix things up, confuse your opponents and try some new strategies.