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  30-Nov-13, 12:28   #1
Work then Poker 0 
noonlion 

Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
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For those who are gainfully employed, how do you stay playing poker and work as well?

I find even when I have a spare hour or so after work I'm too dam tired mentally to play my best game, so I stay away from the tables - why lose money knowing I shouldn't really be playing cos I can't focus as much as necessary?

I have a G/F too so we spend time doing stuff and you know all the other b******t life swings at a person. But I'm finding time isn't even the issue - I'll happily sit and play for an hour disciplined style but cannot get into the headspace to play.

What say you?

     
  30-Nov-13, 12:51   #2
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Calmplay 

Joined: Apr '08
Location: Mauritius
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Then you'll have to make a time schedule and respect it but if you think it'll not work then play only cash games as you can stop when you want even after just 4-5 hands... tell me what time you start and finish at work so that we know how much you have for poker, gf and for yourself too.

     
  30-Nov-13, 15:13   #3
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Heskor 
Joined: May '13
Location: Mauritius
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 2659
Yeah if you working it will be hard to play the long tourneys and have much volume in terms of SNGs.

Well if you tired, then do not play it is so easy to lose money when you are not focused, maybe only play on the days you are free and play zoom/rush/speed poker where in 1 hour you could put a decent volume.

Work on your mental game so that when you are on a table you will play the A game, you won't have any problems then as you can play in your free time without being tired in your mind.

     
  30-Nov-13, 16:59   #4
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Macubaas 
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 6668
It's hard to play poker, especially tournaments if you work daily. I guess the only solution is on weekends if you have at least one full day off.

I only play cash so it's easier to get in the right state even if you have something else to do that day. At least you can sit out when you want.

     
  30-Nov-13, 19:32   #5
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Peter7878 

Joined: Dec '12
Location: Bulgaria
Age: 39 (M)
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When I red the title of this thread "Work then Poker", I remeber when I played liver poker this summer, it was 8:00 A.M and I told the dealer, I have to go to work because my shift starts now and I am late and the dealer told me: "Work? This is your work here! You are working now. This work at the table is more important than any other work." Big Smile

After playing live poker all night long, I decided to play two hours more and went to work later. But my boss is a very nice person, he didn't fine me.

My job is to work summer time (tourism), so I am free in the winter and I have all the winter time just for playing poker. But yesterday a company called me, so probably I will start to work this winter. Sad I feel unhappy now because I have to work and there will be no free time for tournaments and I will miss all the December promos. Sad Too bad. Still wondering to accept the job or not? What would you say? What would you do if you were at my place?


     
  1-Dec-13, 01:39   #6
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noonlion 

Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
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Posted by Peter7878:
When I red the title of this thread "Work then Poker", I remeber when I played liver poker this summer, it was 8:00 A.M and I told the dealer, I have to go to work because my shift starts now and I am late and the dealer told me: "Work? This is your work here! You are working now. This work at the table is more important than any other work." Big Smile

After playing live poker all night long, I decided to play two hours more and went to work later. But my boss is a very nice person, he didn't fine me.

My job is to work summer time (tourism), so I am free in the winter and I have all the winter time just for playing poker. But yesterday a company called me, so probably I will start to work this winter. Sad I feel unhappy now because I have to work and there will be no free time for tournaments and I will miss all the December promos. Sad Too bad. Still wondering to accept the job or not? What would you say? What would you do if you were at my place?



Well the fact ur in a position where you can play poker half of the year for a living is awesome. I'd struggle to giver that up.

As for me tourneys are out the question unless I play in holidays - now I'm happy playing cash games, in fact I prefer it now so that's good time wise.

I think the main thing is to keep a session short, like an hour max.

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Posted by Peter7878:
When I red the title of this thread "Work then Poker", I remeber when I played liver poker this summer, it was 8:00 A.M and I told the dealer, I have to go to work because my shift starts now and I am late and the dealer told me: "Work? This is your work here! You are working now. This work at the table is more important than any other work." Big Smile

After playing live poker all night long, I decided to play two hours more and went to work later. But my boss is a very nice person, he didn't fine me.

My job is to work summer time (tourism), so I am free in the winter and I have all the winter time just for playing poker. But yesterday a company called me, so probably I will start to work this winter. Sad I feel unhappy now because I have to work and there will be no free time for tournaments and I will miss all the December promos. Sad Too bad. Still wondering to accept the job or not? What would you say? What would you do if you were at my place?



Well the fact ur in a position where you can play poker half of the year for a living is awesome. I'd struggle to giver that up.

As for me tourneys are out the question unless I play in holidays - now I'm happy playing cash games, in fact I prefer it now so that's good time wise.

I think the main thing is to keep a session short, like an hour max.

     
  1-Dec-13, 09:14   #7
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doubletop777 
Joined: Mar '11
Location: United Kingdom
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It is always nice to find time for yourself to play Poker. You should play in a cash game where you can play for as long as you like. Even if it is just for an hour its always nice to unwind after work with a nice game of poker Big Smile

     
  1-Dec-13, 11:04   #8
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damosk 
Joined: Feb '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 52 (M)
Posts: 4857
NOONLION....... I totally understand the situation you find yourself in, as I am similar, with wife n kids so have real challenge. I usually set aside time after bed or while at school or clubs after work or having the occasional day off...... But like you sometimes fall asleep while paying! Setting a schedule of when to play and when not to is vital so that your head is in the game. I'm not sure about the 'squeeze in some speed poker or 5 cash hands' though as that kinda defeats the object.....unless of course you are so hooked in which case you need to quit and go and do something less addictive.

     
  1-Dec-13, 16:50   #9
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mirexxx 
Joined: Sep '11
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 33 (M)
Posts: 2728


Poker is, at heart, a form of recreation. Recreation costs money. Movies cost, tickets to a hockey game cost, a dinner out costs.
Good players also think about the game, how they're playing, how others are playing. They read, talk with friends and contribute to the dozens of Internet chat rooms and discussion groups.
Just ignore them. Good players treat poker like a hobby, where you keep learning and look to improve.
Good players also work to diminish variance. There's a natural fluctuation to the game, and everyone is going to have ups and downs, but the game is far easier to enjoy when the swings are modulated.

     
  1-Dec-13, 17:03   #10
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Peter7878 

Joined: Dec '12
Location: Bulgaria
Age: 39 (M)
Posts: 1022
They called me again today. Sad It seems they liked my CV a lot and tomorrow they want to talk with me. Sad I feel bad because now it is the Christmas spirit, I can play lots of tournaments and I feel very comfortable at home with the online poker and the Christmas BankrollMob Calendar as well. Smile

But it seems this winter I will work. Sad What would you say Question To accept the job or not Confused What would you do Confused

     
  1-Dec-13, 17:26   #11
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Macubaas 
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
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Peter, i had no idea you were in tourism and after you shared that you basically your job is mainly on summer i think you should take the opprtunity and also work this winter.

It's true that you'll miss some sweet promotions but again you'll win some money for sure and if you'll work again in summer you'll have all the spring free to play poker Blink

     
  1-Dec-13, 19:56   #12
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pochui 

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
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when work is an issue- you have to pick carefully what to play...obviously zoom poker is a great choice, time tournaments is another solid option...if you're into this- then hu sng's might work, also any hyper turbo sng's...there's a lot to choose from...gl with your time restricted poker career.

@peter- i don't know your situation...do you need the money badly, how much are you earning from poker, how much will you earn in your winter job...do you need the free time, do you use it wisely...lots to consider..i'm sure you will find the best decision Thumbs Up

     
  1-Dec-13, 20:32   #13
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Peter7878 

Joined: Dec '12
Location: Bulgaria
Age: 39 (M)
Posts: 1022


Hi pochui! Thanks for your reply!

Posted by pochui:
do you need the money badly


No, I don't need it badly. Guess I am lucky, I can live without winter job as well. Smile

Posted by pochui:
how much are you earning from poker


I win small amounts playing mostly freerolls like $2, $5, $10 and win lots of tickets to other tournaments as well. Still, I didn't hit the big jackpot! Big Smile

Posted by pochui:
how much will you earn in your winter job...


It is just an ordinary, normal job at winter tourism. A normal monthly salary for the bulgarian standarts. Definately the salary will be much more than what I win at poker tournaments. Big Smile

Posted by pochui:
do you need the free time, do you use it wisely...


Yes, I need a lot of free time to play online poker. Big Smile Now I am free. I play at least 10 hours every day. If I accept the job my schedule will be: 2 working days & 2 days off. Actually it will be 15 or 16 working days per month. Not so bad, I think. Confused

     
  1-Dec-13, 23:18   #14
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stanjonhson 
Joined: Jun '13
Location: Bulgaria
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 44
Hi! What I want to say is everything is up to how u looking at poker. If its work for you and u think u are really good player then play. But what I see from ur writings is not Smile

     
  1-Dec-13, 23:48   #15
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Plexo 
Joined: Aug '09
Location: Chile
Age: 30 (M)
Posts: 1336
I usuallly play only fridays and weekends when I really want.
This help me to keep focus and concentrated.

What I mean is that when I am not very motivate to play, either because I'm tired or have still work to do, I prefer to stay away from the tables cause I tend to take bad decision in those situations.

Gl all!

     
  2-Dec-13, 13:43   #16
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Peter7878 

Joined: Dec '12
Location: Bulgaria
Age: 39 (M)
Posts: 1022
Hello Mobsters,

I accepted the job! I start to work tomorrow, so I will not be able to stay here a lot as I did until now. Sad I will miss a lot of this forum, the mobsters as well, but when I have days off, definately I will be at my favourite BankrollMob site.

I wish you Merry Christmas, exciting December profits and a lot of

Christmas BankrollMob Calendar winnings!

Good luck with your poker careers and take care! Blink All the best!

Best Regards,
Peter7878
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