So may punters would love to be a professional gambler. I must admit, I love a good professional gambler story.
They detail often gritty, determined if not private people who have both ability and a dream. The focus being able to make a living and stay ahead of the game. No easy task. I noticed this comment from an anonymous reader who took the plunge and decided he could make it as a professional gambler.
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I response to this insightful post Becoming a Professional Gambler
This post is a true reflection of being a professional horse gambler. I tried to go pro a few years ago after a number of profitable years as a semi pro. I had won around 15 grand over a 6 year period and decided to go for it. Unfortunately, it did not go to plan. Being a gambler doesn’t mean you have to spend a day on a horse racecourse and spend an entire pay check. Usually the things don’t go the way you want, and your favorite horse finish the race behind all other – that’s a bad luck – but you also should know when to stop.
The pressure is different when you go full time. You can try too hard or get negative when things don't go your way. With only betting the flat its a short season to make money and I had a bad start to the season which really put me on the back foot. During the year I missed out on 2 big priced winners through family commitments both costing me nearly 100 points profit. These missed chances were very hard to take. I managed to get my act together late on in the year and won 5 grand in the last 10 weeks of my season but it was all too late.
I had missed my chance and had to go back to working full time. It was a difficult time but I learnt a lot. I don't regret taking my chance. During my gambling over the last decade I have had a number of near misses to land big wins to break into the big time and with a little luck I know I could be betting full time now,. There is a very thin line between gambling and investing , the horse races are sometimes decided by inches and photo-finish, so it is always good to have a few horses as back up plan.
I have had 4 or 5 narrow defeats that cost me 25 grand in winnings. I even had 2 near misses in one week that cost me winnings of 12 grand. You are always left with the feeling of what if! I have had numerous big price winners. Horse racing can be lucrative in gambling, but you also have to think outside the “box” sometimes, if things are going south for your pocket. I have won 4 grand, and lots of 2 grands on single bets in my time to relatively small stakes but it is hard to break through when you have a family and commitments.
Have you ever fancied yourself as a professional gambler? Perhaps you gave it a go or still winning and making a living from what you know best.
Great story from Tony Ansell: I've Made £750k Betting Honestly on horse racing.
Good luck to all.