Originally Posted by FLASH1296
The best estimates are that there are perhaps (at the most) 200
full-time Pro BJ players in the U S A and perhaps (as few as) 150.
I do not play full-time.
Full-time is a fuzzy term.
Nobody plays 2,000 hrs. per year.
Some months I may spend as much as 60 hrs. at the tables.
Some months will not find me at the BJ tables at all.
I have had no "earned income" since 1992.
In spite of the hyperbolic claims, the reality is that one
can only "grind out" a rather modest income at blackjack.
Many are called. Few are chosen.
This is much harder than it appears to be.
There are realities that exist outside of computer simulations.
You will NEVER approach the "long run"
We are obliged to think in terms of the "law of large numbers"
I do not live solely in an abstract world of numbers
when working to extract soft profits from the casino.
There are still a few good games in a few places;
but they are monitored so closely, by staff that is so paranoid,
that having a "good outcome" has become less and less likely
over recent decades. The trend has become exquisitely clear.
The public is given poor games at stakes that they can afford.
The wealthy are given [good to great] games but are surveilled
as closely as imaginable.
I say, with utmost certainty, that you, the reader, can hardly
imagine it, but BJ, on a serious level, becomes work.
Work in the sense of a tedious, boring, predictable activity that
swallows up the finite days of your life.
TRUTH: Card Counting is a nice hobby for those who can afford it.
I have been playing blackjack professionally for 13 years. If Flash's outlook on the game was mine, I would not have lasted 6 months. The one thing I can agree on is that BJ on a serious level is work. But I am not one who just grinds away a passable existence with long hours in unhealthy conditions. Its been my experience as what one may consider a high level pro, that grinding it out at the tables day after day is not conducive to a very fulfilling lifestyle. What I have done in my career besides opening up a more advanced repitoire of techniques beyond counting, is think outside the box in ways of realizing the money potential blackjack offers. It starts and ends with team play for me, but in between there is a magnitude of opportunities that exist for talented, energetic, AP's who learn that there is gauranteed money out there once the right moves are made. There are many aspects of my game where I am just as vulnerable as the next AP to variance and negative fluxuation. But there is also a part of my game where the negative does not come into play, its just degrees of success, with no failure. Its when you find these aspects of the game that the grind is less, the money is more, and your time is really your own.