re: Poker & how long do your poker sessions last?
Poker attention span can be an issue with me. There are periods when I can play long (by my standards) 5+ hour sessions a day on several consecutive days, but eventually it drains me, and I find that I need to take it easy for some time afterward to recover.
I use FTP's internal reward system to help me pace myself. My basic goal is to achieve minimum Iron Man status (i.e. Bronze) every month, so the core of my grinding is aimed at fulfilling this goal (i.e. every day I decide to make an "iron day", I must play at least 50 Iron Man points' worth of poker). So I try to find the games I'm comfortable playing that allow me to do so most efficiently (4 to 6-tabling PLO 5 and PLO 10 I can do this in under an hour).
Once those points are out of the way, I can play as much or as little as I like, and whatever game suits my mood. This system keeps me from having too many "extreme" days, where I overdo my sessions at the expense of underdoing them another day.
Originally Posted by Colbefc
sometimes I will play a PLO ring game, a NL ring game, a
sit n go and a MTT, all at once, all the purists say you should
stick to the game you are good at, but as I no good at any of them
I guess it doesnt apply to me
Haha, I too am a fan of mixing things up on the occasion! It keeps things interesting. I've been known to play at least one table each of Stud, Stud 8, PLO, PLO8, 9-man NLHE SnG, NLHE Cash, 10-Game Mixed Games, and Badugi all at once. When I tile the windows, I make a mental note to myself that "the lo games are on the bottom", so I don't confuse the lo games for the hi ones or vice versa. And I try to take an extra moment to double-check what the heck is happening on the Mixed Games table when it's my turn to act, so I don't foolishly play Razz when I should be playing Stud, etc.
To anyone for whom poker is getting boring--try moving away from your usual routine, and give one of those wacky variations a stab!