This is a discussion on When you really don't have time to play poker? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Sometimes I start a tournament or a sit & go when I already know that I don't have the time because of an appointment. But
I think limiting yourself to a few games you can concentrate on fully is best. When you are sidetracked or rushed, it will effect your play now and also on later tournaments.
Use small allotments of time for poker study. The CC poker course is good, or any of the hundreds of books will improve the games you are able to play. Then when you are able to focus on a game, you will do your best.
Being focused on two tournaments per week is much better than playing distracted twice a day.
If I know Iím going to be short on time, I wonít bother to register. That said, I play on my iPad so itís easy to register and then play while I cook supper, eat, do dishes, etc. Iíll miss a few hands but for the most part Iím able to play the full time. I also try to avoid the tournaments that have 10k players as they take way too long and I end up getting bored and making stupid plays just to try and end it.
Since March, I've been working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. I've been able to play some freerolls here and there throughout the day on my phone while I'm working. However, sometimes I get called into an important meeting or a deadline comes up out of nowhere so I'm forced to sit out the rest of the tournament.
If I'm going to play, I give myself time to play. Before I register for a tourney I look at the time and estimate how long it would take to play it to it's completion. If I don't have that time available, then I don't bother registering. Instead, I might consider playing a Sit & Go.
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re: Poker & When you really don't have time to play poker?
When I don't have so much time and still I want to play I play about 30 hands of cash games or playing a table of turbo heads up SNG, But the thing is they are not really profitable sessions and it is better that don't play when you are not in the mood or you can't spend time for a full time session,
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My first successful MTT was from over 4,000 players, I finished 29th in it and spent about six hours considering that my time started at midnight, I didn't sleep until morning and I was terribly sleepy the next day, after that I always started taking the timing of the tournament seriously
This seems like a no brainer to me to not do this. First, it will make you play terribly because you will be focusing on the time instead of your play and your opponents play. Secondly, even if you do well in the tournament you wont be able to finish it (the most important time plus where all the money jumps are) so why start it? My suggestion would be not to register or start tournies when your schedule is like this and to get acclimated with cash games which you can start and stop anytime you like.
There are many factors that affect the game of poker. The timing of the game, the duration of the session, timely breaks. Playing poker should not interfere with other interests. Therefore, choose the time for the game so that you are sure that you can finish the tournament or sit quietly at the cash tables. If during the game you will be distracted by other thoughts, then with a high degree of probability the game will not become profitable.
Say your favorite tourney conflicts with dinner time, for example. Others in your home know what's up: you're sneaking in a game. Others do not appreciate it when you are short with them, you're worried about ITM,not din din.
Best to make a rule, live by it: no poker at dinner time, for example.
Or: no poker on the weekend, or no poker after 10 pm.
Once you get comfortable with the no-play rules, you'll be nicer to be around, not frustrated that you can't really play poker because of conflicts.