So every card room I've been to has a bad beat jackpot along with a 10% rake (up to $3 or $5 I can't remember) in 1/2 NL games. I've noticed threads where people are asking "what are the lowest stakes you can play for a living" almost never address these two things. So I'll ask here, in LIVE poker at casinos (no home games), with a standard 10% rake and bad beat jackpot, IF the player is rolled for whatever stakes he is playing, and he has living expenses saved up for a year, what are the lowest stakes one could expect to play for a living playing No limit texas hold'em? Since "for a living" usually isn't defined either, I'll say 45k+ a year. Before the thread goes off on a tangent of my definitions of what you could live off of, just for the sake of this thread, say you could only live comfortably on 45k or more a year.
I say its possible at 1-2 you need to make ~900 weekly. Some of your in lv or ac offer some sorry of rake back program for like 60hrs weekly. I think treasure island in lv offers 500 for 60 hrs but they have some crazy rules from what i understand. So with that program if you adhere to the play for pay guidance you only need to make 400 wk. Even without that i say it is feasible. I played 1-2 and 2-5 for about 6 months for a living and avg 1500 per week
$1/2 for a living (live) is not manageable. Rake is too high and there is too much variance to realistically make $900/week. Of course $900 is attainable for a week or multiple weeks not counting massive downswings that everyone experiences in poker. That is essentially asking to win 1 buyin every day without ever having a losing day. $2/5 is more attainable but I'd be much more comfortable playing at the $3/6 level.
After re-reading this thread though if you already have living expenses saved up for a year, then playing $1/2 strictly for building a roll is attainable, but after that year is up you'd likely have to move up in stakes to support yourself.