**How Much Do Professional Poker Players Actually Earn**

Let’s take a typical **online poker** player as an example. Assume he plays for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, earning about **$50 per hour**. His weekly income would be approximately **$1,500**, and his annual income would be around **$78,000**. If he plays at a higher skill level, his annual income can easily exceed **$100,000**. According to a report by **Poker News**, players aged between 25-35 can have an annual income of over **$200,000**.

An advanced player mastering **No Limit Texas Hold’em** can win 6 big blinds every 100 hands. With each hand worth $200, his hourly income can reach **$60**. If he plays at four tables simultaneously, his income would be **$120 per hour**.

Playing at low buy-in tables might only earn **$20-30 per hour**, medium buy-in tables can earn **$50-100 per hour**, and high buy-in tables can earn over **$200 per hour**. A professional player, John Doe, mentioned in an interview, “His annual income is stable at around **$150,000**.”

A significant portion of **online poker** income also comes from **“rakeback”**, typically accounting for about 25% of the total **rake**. If a player generates a total rake of **$40,000 per year**, he can earn **$10,000** through rakeback.

**Income of a Typical Poker Player**

A typical professional player plays for **8 hours a day**, 5 days a week, usually choosing medium buy-in tables. With an average hourly income of **$50**, his weekly income would be approximately **$2,000**, and his annual income would reach **$104,000**. A beginner might only earn **$20 per hour**, while an experienced player could earn over **$100 per hour**. Players in **poker tournaments** typically earn between **$80,000 to $150,000 annually**.

Professional players aged between **20 and 30** often earn **$60-$120 per hour**. For example, a 25-year-old player playing 6 hours a day on 6 tables, with an hourly income of **$60**, can earn **$129,600 annually**.

A top **No Limit Hold’em** player can achieve an hourly win rate of **10 big blinds**. With each hand worth $200, his hourly income can reach **$100**. If he plays for **6 hours a day**, 5 days a week, his annual income would exceed **$150,000**.

Assume a player generates a total rake of **$50,000 per year**, with a rakeback percentage of 30%, he can earn an additional **$15,000**. Famous professional player **Jane Smith** mentioned in an interview, “She earns an additional **$20,000** per year through rakeback, making her total income stable at around **$120,000**.”

**How to Calculate Hourly Income at the Poker Table**

The method to calculate hourly income at the poker table considers **big blinds (BB)**, win rate per **100 hands (BB/100)**, and the number of tables played.

Assume a player is playing **No Limit Hold’em** on 6 tables simultaneously, with a buy-in of **$200 per table**. The player’s hourly income = win rate per 100 hands (BB/100) × hands per hour × number of tables × amount per hand.

Top players usually win **6 big blinds per 100 hands**. Each big blind is worth **$2**, so the income per 100 hands is **$12**. One poker table can play approximately 100 hands per hour, and playing on 6 tables means **600 hands per hour**.

Therefore, hourly income = **6 BB/100 × 6 × $2 = $72**.

A player who plays 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (weekly income = hourly income × daily playing hours × weekly playing days) Using the above example, the income prediction is: Weekly income = **$72 × 8 hours × 5 days = $2,880**. Annual income = weekly income × 52 weeks = **$2,880 × 52 = $149,760**.

Players may experience **“bad luck”** in the short term, causing income fluctuations, and rakeback also affects hourly income. If a player generates $50,000 in rake annually with a rakeback percentage of 25%, this adds approximately **$6 per hour**, increasing the hourly income to **$78**.