This is the phase that every player aspires to in this world (even me). You are already clear that poker is your subsistence and you face it. You change your mentality 180 degrees, you think and act like a professional player; Poker is a job and as such has to be remunerated. You have studied everything related to poker, you have read all the interesting books and articles; Even make a “master” is psychology.
You get up (almost always at noon) and go to the gym; You take care of your body and your mind as they are essential to face lucrative sessions; You choose your game tables and you are completely autonomous. Carefully manage your bankroll and set long-term goals.
Your image on the table should pass slightly unnoticed; Be natural and talkative. Remember that you have a business and the other players are your customers and as in every business the customer is always right.
You look for tables where mediocre players abound (pescaditos, as you were one day) that play the money with ease. Someone I do not remember right now said, “When a player with money faces an experienced player, the experienced player goes home with more money and the player with money goes home with more experience.”
In your closest environment they have already accepted that you are a professional player because your income supports it (there is no better guarantee than that). You choose the days to be with your family and respect the breaks. Playing poker is not your priority in life, you have become immune to the poison, and you have transformed and re-own your body and your mind. You have overcome the disease.
In this phase you acquire level 4 , that is, to know what your opponent thinks, what you think, what he leads . Complicated, right? Even for me; I know what it is, but I have never experienced it. I’m on it.
At this level only 10% or less of the players arrive.