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Professional Poker: The Essential Guide to Playing for a Living Paperback – July 15, 2005
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About the Author
Mark Blade has a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from USC. After attaining his M.B.A., he did what any other young man who is highly educated and hotly pursued by the corporate world would do. He decided to play poker full-time instead. He has made his living from poker for over 10 years.
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Our author, Mark Blades, a former valedictorian who opted for a career in the card room, is a voice of sobriety when it comes to the issue of "quitting your day job." He is a professional who has excelled at the game and continues to do so. Here, he provides us with sage advice. Not making it is a very real possibility and Blades has run across more than his share of bust outs while making the big bucks. In these pages, he examines every iota of what being a pro is and how you'll know if you're ready (if you'll ever be). He isn't afraid to share with readers that if they're don't meet certain standards and conditions, they shouldn't even bother.
Blades has a lot of important things to say. He speaks both to the online and brick & mortar player. Of course, the lighter rake and the fact that one does not have to tip provide the internet with an advantage over actual casinos. However, the games in a casino can be much easier. The 2/4 game at the Tropicana is nowhere near as difficult as the ones you'll find at fulltilt.com. I really appreciated Blades' comment about the micro limits, and how no one should play there with the goal of making money. You go there to get better so you can move up. It'd be nice if the guy who called your raises with 5/9 offsuit got what was coming to him, but, when the fellow snaps your Aces it's sometimes hard to look at poker as one long session. Given what I've read in "Professional Poker," I can honestly say that'll I'll be purchasing his future release, "The Mental Game." There's no question that this guy has thought deeply about poker's intangibles, and has an enlightened view. Mark Blades puts the entire "turning pro" question into the proper perspective.
I was not disappointed.
There is information here that is found nowhere else in as much detail that is absolutely crucial to consider if you want to play for a living. Although I consider myself a highly competent player one of the questions that I have pondered for a long time is "Should I quit my day job" has finally been answered to my complete satisfaction by Mark Blade.
One of my good friends actually did quit his day job and jumped into full-time poker but lasted only eight months before blowing through a mid five-figure bankroll plus an additional borrowed eight thousand. I gave him a copy of this book and later talked with him about the bankroll and game size decisions he had made during his "shot" and he said that if he had had this book two years ago it could have "saved his [poker] life..." ( He went back to work and has not played much poker since.)
Buy the book, read the book if you have any aspirations of playing for a living. Can't recommend it enough.
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2. His website is closed since 2014, and his books he promised to write is not published yet.
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