Honestly it couldn’t get any better for a poker enthusiast with decent poker skills. I know it may still be a hobby that still in its infancy but being a proposition player could just give you another weekend career. All you have to do is play your heart out and what’s even better is you get paid for it. And to add the cherry to the cake, all the money you win, is all yours! Not to be shared with your card room. You don’t have to be a pro at poker; you just need to be good at short hand. If these interests you then may be being a proposition player (or prop players as they are commonly known) could just be the career (full time/part time) for you.
The opportunities are abundant. You can increase your network, meet new people, improve your game and plus make some extra money.
Job Profile: Prop players are people hired by card rooms to start and sustain a game at a table. Basically they help build and maintain tables. Though initially they were found only in the brick ‘n’ mortar card rooms, after the dawn of the internet even online poker rooms hire prop players.
The abundance of online poker rooms makes the props role all the more crucial especially for new card rooms that are yet to build their customer base. For such rooms the props are almost saviors after all, their job is to keep the game going and fun and in turn attract more players to play poker at that table. (As a prop you are also shoulder the responsibility to keep the game light and up-beat mood).
Desired Qualifications: love for the game. Yes. But you also need to be extremely good at shorthand. Apart from start and save a game you also have to make it interesting i.e. bring “action” to the table.
Good temperament: everybody enjoys winning but not everyone can take a bad beat with a pinch of salt. When faced by a bad beat if your reaction varies from rudeness to flinging abuses and threats towards your opponents, then this career is a definite no-no.
Shorthand: you must be very good with shorthand games. If playing shorthand is not one of your strengths, then again, being a prop is not the career for you. You must also be comfortable with playing multiple tables.
Bankroll Management: unless you have a well-oiled bank roll management system in place, you must avoid this career. As long as you are winning, or are even in a no-profit -no-loss situation, it’ll work fine but in your down time, this can spell disaster! So be wary of your bankrolls and their management.
Like all professions, this one has a few disadvantages too. For instance, you cannot choose your table. You may have to leave a great game to save another one in a dire state. You are also not eligible for deposit bonuses or any other benefits provided to regular players. And lastly, though you get paid for playing at a fixed rate, the bankroll required is your hard-earned money and not provided by your card room.