This is a discussion on Session Length within the online poker forums, in the Online Poker section; How long do you guys typically play a session?
Does this vary with cash/tournaments.
I primarily play as many of the CC games as I can at
I play in tournaments usually, and a session lasts about 4 hours, that's about 3 times a week. At first I was playing to win, now playing for pleasure. How did we get to play for pleasure? ... because we lost years for that win and we lost it in 2 hours at the casino so I made my decision relaxed game because I love poker.
It depends on many life circumstances and the availability of free time. For example, sometimes I can play all day, hours of 8-12. And sometimes I donít play for weeks. I really want to play more often, but, unfortunately, it still does not work. But a few hours in the evenings for poker, I still find a must.
Personally, I've just started coming back to the world of poker after a long absence due to life. I used to play several days a week online, and 2-3 times a week at a casino. Online has always really varied for me, depending on whats going on in life at the time. Sometimes I just need to get in a quick game just to get my mind off other things in life, these sessions may be an hour or two. But if I have the time to really sit down and play online, I plan on 4-6 hours minimum.
Now if you are talking about playing in a casino or card room. I always plan on being at the table for a minimum of 6 hours in a cash game. I find less time, I just don't play as well. It takes time to size up the players at the table and figure out how to maximize your money.
I used to sit at casino cash tables for 12 hours plus. I miss those days, but with back problems now, I'm doing good to make it to the 6 hour mark.
My game lasts 3-4 hours, I play every day! I play STT and for this I can control the time of my game! it is convenient for me, in the future I will play MTT and it will take much more time, now I have preparation for MTT
Usually my sessions lenght is somewhere between 3-4 hours...after this i get tired and i take a break. Usually i go out for a walk or i go to gym. After that i can play others 3-4 hours...If i play more than 4 hours in one session i feel like a don't play my A game...
I suppose it depends on the feel of the site to what games are hot and action filled. Tourneys and sng's can run just about 12 hrs a session on the weekends. Ring games not near as long but can go into the 4-6 hr range.
The best session length in live play is when the game wraps overnight, and sometimes into the next night for a double wrap. You intuitively know when the game has an ambient fire and won't be stopping anytime soon. Stamina is really important if you want to marathon from start to finish like that.