Many punters dream longingly about giving up their job to become a professional punter. For all but a tiny minority, the dream remains just that and punting remains just a recreational pursuit, sometimes a costly one, sometimes a mildly profitable one. But if you want to consider becoming a professional punter what do you need to know? Here’s a short list of the most important things to consider before tossing in your current income source and trying your luck as a professional punter. • A true professional punter can be involved with betting opportunities in many sports and is not concerned by whether they enjoy playing or watching a particular sport. The professional punter is concerned about unearthing potentially profitable opportunities, where the price offered about the outcome of an event is too high compared to the actual chance of it happening. • A professional punter who earns a living through betting will need to focus on key areas if they are to be successful. • Discipline is a major factor in determining whether a professional punter will have a successful career. Exercising discipline for a professional punter means taking betting seriously. Treat it as a real business to get business benefits. As a professional punter you’ll keep records of all your bets, stick to a strategy, keep emotion out of your selections and not chase your losses. Professional punters will have a losing run occasionally. However, the professional punter will rarely lose their entire betting bank because they maintain their discipline. • How much money to you need to start with? This is personal to each professional punter. But whatever the size of your bankroll it should always start out as a sum you can afford to lose. It doesn’t matter if you start out with a very small amount. Just remember this seed capital is money you must be able to afford to lose. A professional punter, as opposed to an amateur, will view the betting bank as business funds. Treat your betting bank with respect and discipline. • Research staking plans. As a professional punter, devise a plan of betting that can maximise your profits but not risk the majority of your business bankroll. One suggested professional punter staking plan is to bet relatively low - risking no more than 1-2% of the bank on any one investment. It allows a professional punter to maintain discipline as even a long losing run will have little impact on overall reserves. • How do you choose your bets? Not all professional punters have their own betting system or have the time to study and make selections. Professional punting tipsters are a resource that can provide valuable information, and many are available. For a professional punter, the subscription services offered by these tipsters can be a valuable investment. Making the decision to become a professional punter is not to be taken lightly. To succeed you will have to do more than just acquire a new set of skills. You will also have to overcome some of your strongest prejudices, and confront some of your most personal emotional drives, the hidden parts of your character that you would perhaps rather not analyse or alter. Being aware of your emotional driving factors is integral to success for the professional punter. You need, as much as you are able, to remove the emotion from your betting and staking decisions. This is not an easy thing to do. However, for the professional punter to maintain success and to preserve the initial bankroll it is of utmost importance. And don’t forget - every professional continues to seek education to grow their skills.