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I knew back in the year 2005 to 2008 time-frame, online poker with mid stakes are profitable to play. I was wondering if one can still make money profitably by playing online poker game?

The reason I ask is, I used to play online poker back in that time frame. And I made good sum of money. I even paid for my engineering degree by playing poker. And then I got busy with my career and moved into my own software development company. But I miss the game so much and planning to return on the online tables. I also thought, it won't hurt to play, if the game is still profitable online. As we don't have any casinos in our country, online gaming portals are only place to go for me.

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Not really a great question, but not bad enough as to justify it beeing closed. However, would you mind editing it and adding the thought process you had that led you to asking this ? It will give more context and reduce the temptation to close it as "too broad". –  Radu Murzea Apr 4 at 9:33

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Absolutely. Obviously the games are dryer and tougher than 2005-2008 but that was the golden era of poker due to the Moneymaker boom. United States v. Scheinberg, more commonly known as Black Friday, was a huge blow to online poker but it's still thriving due to the rest of the world still being able to play online poker. :)

PokerStars is doing great, tons of promotions, a good amount of fish, lots of games to choose from, and so on. Full Tilt Poker is back up and running and US players are getting their rolls back. There are tons of people making serious money playing online poker. I myself approach it as a part-time job and know quite a few heads-up players like myself that grind out some significant coin.

If you put in the time grinding, studying, and reviewing your play you'll be better than the vast majority of players out there which, over the long run, will result in $$$.

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lol, a downvote? –  Brent Morrow Apr 6 at 8:51
There will always be users that downvote randomly without a reason or explanation. You'll get used to it ;) –  Radu Murzea May 15 at 14:36

A couple events have made it more difficult to make money (from my perspective).

Although Full Tilt Poker is back up, it has failed to return to its glory days whereby you could have plenty of amature players watching the high rollers and taking a stab on the lower stakes. Obviously the higher games are less prevalent on PokerStars as this has always been the case for whatever reason.

The law changes in the US. Prior to legality being an issue grinder stakes ($1/$2 and above) where flush with US players who where easy pickings. Since their removal the number of players on those levels has reduced (as is the case across any level) making it more difficult to find regular games.

That being said you can still find a lot of promotional work being done on PokerStars and the popularity of Rush Poker has (in some ways) made poker more profitable than before, albeit you have to adapt your playing style to a different form of play. So, I would say if you are prepared to adapt you can still make good money playing poker.

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