Originally Posted by @JokerPodcast
I am so serious at this point in my life. I want to give it a try before Im old and grey. live life with no regrets.
While I respect the sentiment, you're misunderstanding something important about poker. It's not just a case of "giving it a try" and getting lucky. If you go play poker with 10k you will lose it.
Nobody is born with poker talent. Every so-called "overnight success" in poker is someone who has played and studied the game for years. You are not going to sit down with your 10k and suddenly find you are a poker genius who is outplaying everyone. Sure, you might go on a lucky heater for a while, but then you will just continue and lose everything you gained. Pros love fish on a heater - they know all the chips are eventually coming straight back to them with piles of interest.
Really, give up this idea.
If you can put aside $50 a month for your roll, then instead spend that $50 a month playing poker - micro stakes online or small home games, or even low buy-in live tourneys if that's what you want. That way you will be getting a much better poker education than you will by saving up for higher stakes games. And at the end of 3 years you should be turning a profit, so you should have built your bankroll to the same amount as if you saved it AND have more skills for success. THEN you can think about spending a couple of K going on HOLIDAY to Vegas to see how well you play there.
You want to have no regrets? Then don't saddle yourself with 10k of debt for nothing.