This is a discussion on How long can a person play poker? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Hello, I ask the following question: it can be an online game and a live poker.
My question is this: how long can a person play
I think the most is 10 hours with breaks in between after that the stress and math is taxing. At least for me i can't even go for 2 hours without standing up and going to the bathroom or getting a snack but thats just my novice self.
Complex answer. In general I play poker for 1 or 2 hours at the most. But, I am a recreative player. If you are a professional poker player then your poker session can be anywhere between 2 and 8 hours.
I think the longest poker session I ever played was around 16-18 hours. I was grinding to hit supernova before the end of the year around 6 or so years ago. Iím not proud to admit that I wasnít playing my a-game towards the end of that (though in my limited defense I knew that at the time, stuck to ABC poker, and the bonuses I knew Iíd get for hitting were quite advantageous for me). Short of spacing stuff out/doing a better job planning so that I didnít have to close out that year with a grueling session, Iíd do it again haha.
Live poker sessions (with more breaks) can often go for 12+ hours which is one way in which live poker can be much more physical than online. One WSOP main event day a few years back I think went over 13 and I had to be very conscious about maintaining my focus. In general Iíd say I can play my best (without continually having to remind myself to do so haha) for around 8-10 hours before focusing becomes quite a bit more difficult. Therefore I try to limit my play to that long.
In my opinion it's highly variable in between individuals and within the individual, it's not the same to start after a break from poker and a good night's sleep and have a winning session or to start already tired and be on a losing streak.
think what would you professional not was over time you lose concentration .your senses are dulled and you lose control of the game.rest just does not go around for a long session of poker.and you can play this game all your life giving all the most important and valuable)!
This is an interesting question, and is the apex of what Poker is about... The game is not for the swift alone, but for those who can endure till the end.
The application to current poker tournaments in terms of length and even format, where it comes to "staged" and "qualifier" games leading to another game, theoretically, could have a person playing for 24 hours or more...
My "effective time" is 3 hours or 4 at best.
I have seen folks using a technique of sitting out during games, to lengthen their playing time capacity, but I have always considered that having a back up player is a better strategy... like a tag team in wrestling.
Personally though, I believe a person should be aware what they are signing up to do, and be ready, with appropriate snacks, and smokes and drinks,,, Love!
It usually between 12-14 hours for me and that is only ive been active playing for weeks, but after a long break after few hours im already exhausted, so i believe that its is very essential to keep that poker mentality on by playing regularly and keeping a good bankroll so you can play regulary as well.
the duration of the game with maximum concentration depends on your physical fitness for me 12-16 hours of play is quite normal !!!
the current format of tournaments is quite fine with me, as now many sites offer different tournament formats from regular to hyper-turbo !!!
Poker tournament rules seem fine, part of playing poker is staying sharp and going the distance. Late in the game if you get tired suck it up. The final table should have 4 hr break before it starts and then only bathroom breaks every two or three hrs until there is a winner. Cash games can go for days, if you get tired get out and try and come back later.
Of course we are all different regarding focus and sitting around from sometimes boredom. My longest online were all nighters on a weekend when first getting started. As far as live, went through a slow down at work that allowed a three day weekend. Was playing on a Friday or Saturday from about 10:00 PM to the next late morning. Those were very enjoyable and did well for my time there.
"Luck comes and goes but knowledge stays forever."
I play 12-16 hours daily, and I think this is the amount of time you have to be prepared for, when you play a big tournament like the sunday million or any other event with 10k+ players and deep stacks.
Yesterday I played my first big live tournament which lasted 11 hours with breaks, which was 9 hours of poker (there was a long dinner break) and that was already a bit too much. I was so tired at the end and I had to drive home after that, which was even more exhausting.
But I made it to Day 2 so that's a positive.
My longest session was 48 hours with some 10-15 minute breaks and a 2 hour nap. Sometimes I just do extended sessions to train my ability to concentrate when I'm fatigued. A find a lot of value in that ability that applies to situations beyond the table as well.
I think after the sixth hour your body requires a better level of preparation to perform at a high level. I would say about 6 to 8 hours. Anyone who can be well prepared after that certainly has an advantage over the field.
Personally I prefer online games no longer than 4 hours. I get very frustrated with the slow pace of many of the players, and don't understand why they do that even if they multi-table. Along those lines I prefer online Turbo games.
For live poker tournaments, I'll play as long as necessary to get to the final table. A lot more action and reasonable play. I find it much more stimulating. Good luck
Online i have never played for more than 4 hours and i find it the maximum to retain my concentration. Live i have played once for around 8 hours in MTT with one long break for 30 minutes and few short ones and at the end i was definitely tired.