Time Management in Poker

You hear about time management all of the time in business.  That’s because time management is an extremely important factor in how much profit a business can haul in.  Being able to properly manage the optimal amount of time for people to work is incredibly effective at increasing productivity. 

And since many people treat the game of poker like a business, you’d think that they would discuss time management more often.  However, time management is rarely discussed in poker even though it should be.  You absolutely must know when the best time to quit a session and move up a limit is if you ever want to be a highly successful player.  With that in mind, let’s look at some poker time management concepts.

How long should your sessions be?

One mistake that a lot of poker players make is playing too long of sessions.  For instance, if you can only concentrate for 4 hours, then you have no business playing an 8 hour session.  Likewise, if you can concentrate for 4 hours, then you’re losing money by only playing for two or three hours.  So you should definitely keep track of how long you’re able to focus while playing poker.  Keep tabs on this number over the course of a few weeks and see where your prime performance comes.

How long should you stay at a limit?

If you are a $3/$6 Limit poker player looking to move up to $5/$10 stakes, you will definitely need to know when the proper time to move up is.  Of course, this all depends on your situation too.  For instance, if you have a full-time job, it will require you to spend 4 -5 months at this limit before moving up.  On the other hand, if poker is your primary source of income, you can dedicate enough time to strategy and learning the game to move up within a couple of months.