Hours you play

SixthStreetSixthStreet Red Chipper Posts: 260 ✭✭
edited January 2017 in General Concepts
Pro or Rec player was wondering what kind of time is put into poker. Would like to know your live, online & study time hours either by month or weekly average.

If Rec player is it just for fun or part time income.
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  • EazzyEazzy Red Chipper Posts: 1,018 ✭✭✭✭
    I guess I'm a semi pro...my poker income last year was close to 50% of my overall income....(though that may be from not making that much away from poker as I only work 2 to 3 days a week ).

    Last year I averaged a bit over 80 hours a month playing..This year I'm hoping for 100+, but do to a bad snowy winter, Ive fallen a bit short so far.

    I take trips to Atlantic City during the week (about a 2 hour bus ride)...staying 2 to 4 nights...depending on my regular work and the availability of comped rooms.

    When I'm home 3 to 4 days a week, I try to get about 2 hours of poker study in a day...In AC, I do about an hour or so post play study typing up my notes, thinking about hands and player types I met that kind of thing.

    I keep hoping to do a bit more studying, but so far this is about as much as I can handle,
  • Rello242Rello242 Red Chipper Posts: 595 ✭✭
    Im more semi-pro but i play online.

    Since my daily activities come first for me, I play different hours of the week but try to average about 20 hours a week total. I have been playing for about 4 years now, my bread and butter is Cash games. 6-max being my best game type but lately i have been playing more Full Ring since in my opinion i could keep a bigger win-rate here.

    When i do have some really long hours to play, i like to play tournaments.

    Most of my study comes in the night before i go sleep, i do alot of combination and +EV calculation work.

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  • SixthStreetSixthStreet Red Chipper Posts: 260 ✭✭
    Well I caught the bug playing free bar poker 2011. Knew there was more to it than that. So started playing on line last year and live private game. I only have about 25000 hands online & 180 hours live last year. My goal was to double both this year, but not working out. So I think why I play as a super nit to keep variance down. I did notice coaches won't touch you till way more time than I can put in. Long term goal is for me & wife to travel trailer stopping and playing poker around country to help subsidize our income. That give me 7-12 years. Was hoping to get into higher stakes sooner. See all these people making money after playing only 6 months From scratch.
  • Rello242Rello242 Red Chipper Posts: 595 ✭✭
    Sounds very interesting. :D

    I would tell you is not to focus on what other people results are and look into something more reasonable. Maybe if doubling volume is hard then try to work on hourly rate? At minimum you should be able to make 10% of your buy-in per hour. ($200NL = $20/hr, $500NL = $50/hr, etc.) So maybe if volume isn't working out then producing these goals should be a bit more fun and challenging.

    Hope you and your wife enjoy travelling in the near future and hope to hear some great poker stories :D
    -Rello

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  • SixthStreetSixthStreet Red Chipper Posts: 260 ✭✭
    Not trying to match anyone just was wondering what kind of general hours & time people putting in. Just something to talk about.
    thanks you have been a nice guy to give me advice. I like this forum.
  • ButchButch Red Chipper Posts: 163 ✭✭
    Strictly rec for me. However, I do take seriously. Its pretty much my only hobby other then reading genre fiction. I try to play two or three times a month. Being from MD USA, Its live games only for me as I only have access to free money sites online. I hope MD legalizes online but, it will be years if it ever happens.

    I get to 2 Casinos on a semi-regular basis, Parx outside Philly and MD Live south of Baltimore. I usually play either Friday after work or Saturday. I play 1 - 2 NL and I play something like 10 to 14 hours for most of these sessions. I have been playing for a little more then 2 years now in casinos.

    Before this I played in a very friendly home game something on the order of twice per month. This game was .25 - .50 with a $20 max buy-in and a $5 max bet size. I still play this game but, its no real trainer for casino nl holdem. I also get in a 1 - 2 nl home game that runs very occasionally and plays like a casino game but without a rake.

    I read a good deal on poker. And I have pretty recently started studying videos and forums like RCP. I probably spend 5 - 10 hours per week with that. If you count play money and APT time its more like 10 - 15 hours. I also listen to poker podcasts on my commute which is on the long side; a round trip is 2.5 - 3 hours driving. However, I do not always listen to poker material. Sometimes I gotta have music.

    I am trying like hell to get better this year but, it's been a brutal start. 10 sessions and down 2k. Not a single decent win. Though believe it or not I have been up more then $400 in 5 sessions. 2 sessions I never got going at all. 2 are tourneys; in 1 I bubbled and the other I was pretty deep as well. 2 more where the friendly $5 limited game and they actually where + 0 and + 2 dollars not losses. But no wins at my main target of 1 - 2 cash games. This is my longest instance of losses to date. Sigh. Funny thing is I do feel like my game is better.
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,308 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Butch, focus on one thing (cash or tournaments) for best results. Don't diffuse your efforts at this stage in your poker career, especially with your limited poker schedule.
  • SixthStreetSixthStreet Red Chipper Posts: 260 ✭✭
    persuadeo wrote:
    Butch, focus on one thing (cash or tournaments) for best results. Don't diffuse your efforts at this stage in your poker career, especially with your limited poker schedule.


    That goes for me also. When I play online one day cash next day sit n goes next time tournaments. Bankroll seems to never go up. To treat it like business I want most bang for buck. So full ring cash is where I think I need to be And get a good sample size.
  • WhoanowWhoanow Red Chipper Posts: 19 ✭✭
    At minimum you should be able to make 10% of your buy-in per hour. ($200NL = $20/hr, $500NL = $50/hr, etc.)

    not trying to turn this into a winrate thread, but I think this is pretty optimistic. These win rates are possible, but saying they are a minimum is quite a stretch.
  • jbruelsjbruels Red Chipper Posts: 134 ✭✭
    I'm a rec player putting in about one to two days a week for a average of about 10 hours. I play live in local casinos and card rooms. Once a year I go to Las Vegas and essentially play for four days straight.

    Study time isn't as much as I'd like. I do some hand analysis (range construction like Doug talks about and Ed writes about). I read, watch videos. I meet with Ed when I'm in Vegas. We have had about 5 sessions and they are a BIG help. I make recordings of the sessions and often listen to them on my drive in to play as sort of a warm up. Ratio of playing time to study is probably around 6:1 or so.

    I play for part time income. I build up a bankroll during the year and pay for my trips to Vegas and family vacations in the summer. I've also done things like bought a living room set or taken my wife on weekend getaways when I have an especially nice hit.
  • Riverboat GamblerRiverboat Gambler Red Chipper Posts: 7
    I avg. 4-6 sessions a month. Sometimes as little as 3 sometimes as many as 7-8. It depends on my work schedule and how I've been running. I avg. between 6-7 hrs per session. Study consists of constant reading of books and forum, here and that other forum. Mostly here now. Just now starting to tap into the videos. Can't even guess @ how much time is committed to study. A lot.
  • ArtArtBobartArtArtBobart Red Chipper Posts: 356 ✭✭
    I'm a rec player who plays about 3 times a week (about 17hrs/week) live, and play a couple hours a week online. I study daily, usually reading, but also participate in this forum, think about hands with flopzilla, etc. Some TMI here, but I've read entire poker books (a few minutes per sitting) on my smartphone during "bio breaks" at work. :)
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,069 -
    I avg. 4-6 sessions a month. Sometimes as little as 3 sometimes as many as 7-8. It depends on my work schedule and how I've been running. I avg. between 6-7 hrs per session. Study consists of constant reading of books and forum, here and that other forum. Mostly here now. Just now starting to tap into the videos. Can't even guess @ how much time is committed to study. A lot.

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  • Riverboat GamblerRiverboat Gambler Red Chipper Posts: 7
    Thanks Split, glad to be here. Looking forward to continually improving my game. The purchase of Ed's How To Read Hands & Playing the Player, Doug's Poker Plays & JLittles Live NL Cash has greatly increased win rate over last few months. Now looking forward to the purchase of a couple of your books. My books have to have a spline, where can I find paperbacks? And again thanks for the welcome.
    P. S. Keeo the the videos coming.

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