Apologies if this has been rehashed before. Often when I see people posting about prop firms, they have a degree from a top tier university. What if I don't have a college degree at all? The only thing of slight value I bring to the table is that I have played online poker professionally for 6 years and some of the skills for that would help me in trading. My question is if I have no track record for trading, what steps would I need to take in order to find a prop firm that would take me. Is there a legitimate firm out there that will put up capital for me to learn to trade? Is there one that will take a $10k deposit and not rip me off with fees? (Assume I'm willing to move anywhere in the US.) The reason I made this post is because I don't want to waste time applying if no prop firm will take me on. I'm very interested in places like Echo, Bright, and Kershner, but realistically I can't see getting my foot in the door if it's competitive. I'm also weary of settling for a firm that will rip me off. Cliffs: 27yo with no college degree or trading experience.. Is it a waste of time applying to prop firms? Should I trade alone for a few years?