As poker industry news informs, nowadays many people aspire to a career in professional poker. The main question is how to achieve this goal without losing all your money?
Mustapha Kanit, a professional poker player and the 2nd on the Italian All-Time Money list, has given advice for the novices in poker. Poker pro has also talked about his career, favorite poker games, and plans for the next years.
As the number two player on Italy’s All-Time Money List and a professional poker player with extensive experience, could you tell our readers what is the key to success in a poker game?
I think that to succeed as a professional poker player you need many different traits. But, for sure, resilience is very important. At the end of the day, this is the key to success.
When playing poker, you’re going to lose most of the time. This is especially true for the tournaments, where you’re going to be losing more often than winning. But when you do win, typically, you win bigger. You need to get used to being there, trading negative, and keep going. Having really good bankroll management also helps. Even the best players in the world can go from six to eight months without winning anything. I think that this is the only difference between someone that can succeed and someone who can’t. You’re going to have hard times, no matter what, and you need to be on point and keep pushing yourself. This is the reality of poker. At the same time, focusing on improvement is very important. You also don’t need to care about the winnings, especially at the beginning of your career, and keep learning. This is the key to success.
My biggest advice is to put some money that you can afford to lose and just keep playing low-risk and focus on learning. You’re not going to become the best player in the world if you just aim to make money. The real way is to start small and beat your game. Keep improving and learning and then let your bankroll will go up. And if you keep going this way, you’ll be able to play limits that you never thought would be possible.
Mustapha, what are the main peculiarities of your style of the game? What is your advice for novices in poker?
It is important to try new things. I define myself as a very aggressive player but it’s because I’ve tried so many different styles of playing. For a really long time, I was the tightest player. Then I started to take the advantage of some situations, after that I became extremely aggressive. And then I began to play more cautiously in some situations again.
The key is to keep trying. Try the line, and even if a hand was stupid or bad, you have to analyze it and think about what you could have done differently. Try to go up and keep improving. Think about why the other players made their calls and try analyzing the hands of other players.
Which tournament was the most memorable for you? Could you tell our readers about the luckiest and unluckiest games in your career?
I don’t have just one. Every win, I think, is memorable in its own way.