Does anyone begin play expecting to play a given number of hours? I know that there are other factors determining this, but does anyone quit after a given amount of time? Is this even a consideration?
Tommy Angelo is a fan of playing a fairly set work schedule, and especially not playing late just because you're stuck. I personally am more a fan of staying with a good game, as long as you're relatively sharp enough to be profitable. I'm never really a fan of playing short sessions, less than 4 hours, because each game has a flow and rhythm and it takes awhile to get a feel for how all the players are playing, and then you want to benefit from that by playing awhile longer. It seems it takes me about 2 hours to really get into a game. 6-9 hours seems good for you in most games. For a full time pro though, with games available in a real casino at all hours, I can see a more consistent schedule could be great. But just like a real job, sometimes it pays to be more flexible.
When you mentally say "I think I might want to leave" then leave.
If you ask: "Where is my money going to come from on this table?" and you do not have a clear answer, change tables or leave.
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I’ve been playing shorter sessions 5-6 hours now that I’m part time and I enjoy it much more. Agree with Doug 100%. If I don’t see the opportunity, or if all of the opportunity suddenly leaves, especially later in a session I’m out win lose or draw. Being a fully banked part time winning player at your limit has some advantages and one of the main is that it really makes it easier to adopt the long term view of the game.
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