Poker Player Steve Goodemote Talks About Going Pro In The Game

Steve Goodemote is one of those almost-mythical people who plays online poker for a living. No, he does not have a day job, and yes, he's won stellar amounts of money.

Goodemote plays an average of 20-25 hours a week in online poker sites. He usually plays in 10-person tournaments, where the top three people get paid. He usually multi-tasks - playing in as many as four competitions at the same time.

Exactly how much does he earn from these games? In 2005, he made $80,000 just by playing poker. This year is even better, as so far he already has over $100,000 in earnings.

Goodemote, by playing so often in online poker sites, also got the chance to join the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker main event for free. He finished at 109th place, taking home more than $51,000, his biggest paycheck yet.

"It was an amazing experience, and finishing so high was beyond my wildest dreams," he said of the WSOP experience. "It has been my biggest payday by far."

As for being a professional poker player, he has this to say: "You can play your best and sometimes things won't go your way. Handling the ups and downs is the most difficult part. You have to stay confident but not cocky. The game is 100 percent skill in the long term and 100 percent luck in the short term. In the long run, the good players will come out on top."

"The saying is true, it is a tough way to make an easy living," he said. "I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But if it's in ya, it's in ya."