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Setting the Standard


by dtools22  |  Published Mar 12, 2013


I’ve been toying around with some adjustments to my grinding schedule the past two weeks. My data analysis from last year showed me I wasn’t putting in enough days or hours when compared to a full time 9-5 job. In response, I’ve been working on a list of weekly to-dos. This will act as a minimum requirements list. There is no more gray area, I’ll know on each day exactly how long I need to stay for and can plan the rest of my life around those numbers. I always have something concrete to pivot back to.

One of the greatest strengths of this industry is also one of the most troublesome burdens, flexibility. I can go to the casino anytime in a 24 hour period and put in a session. So the eternal question becomes, when? When is the best time to play and for how long should I play for? I’ve done some research on other live grinders. They shared their schedules and what they felt were good minimum requirements, particularly when you’re still in the capital of variance nation, live low stakes no limit. Using this as a platform I’ve come up with the following set of guidelines for myself.

1) Play for 55-60 hours a week each week. Simply put there’s no excuse to play less than a full time job, which I’m defining at 40 hours a week. That needs to be the absolute minimum number of hours on a week to week basis. Research seems to show that 50+ is recommended in the smaller stakes games to help deal with the more vicious swings you’re going to see.

2) Play at least 5 days a week. It’s hard to put in the kind of hours I’m looking for without meeting this criteria but I’m going to put it up here anyway. I expect most weeks will be 6 day work weeks but I don’t think it’s realistic to set that as a minimum standard.

3) Do statistical analysis reports on my results after 200 hours of play. I will post these results in blogs along the way. Not sure just yet what numbers will be in these reports but for sure I’ll focus on hourly rate, days played, and total profits.

4) Post weekly results on twitter. This is specifically hours played and total earnings for the week. These numbers aren’t statistically all that significant, being very small sample sizes. The point is to get into the habit of working with the data I collect.

The breakdown of my hours is the next variable I’m playing with. I did manage to put in 60 hours of play last week, and I was feeling it on the tail end of my final session. My week played out where to get to 60 hour total I had to put in 11 hours on the final day. By then, I was absolutely spent. In time I’m sure the hours will come more naturally but until that happens I think the bulk of my hours need to take place earlier in the week. Right now my schedule is to take Mondays off and grind the other 6 days of the week. I think over the course of a week I’ll try to put in three 12 hour days and three 8 hour days. Not sure which days will be which other than the last day needing to be an 8 hour day.

I’m going to play around with the schedule some more and see what comes of it. Before anyone mentions it, I am aware this post doesn’t seem very friendly towards the work/life balance. I am aware of that, and I am trying to fix that and give myself days to decompress. For now, this will have to do.



over 1 year ago

If your goal is 50, I can't understand why you'd schedule 60. That seems to just invite you to take time off the schedule and it's a slippery slope from there.


over 1 year ago

Not sure I follow you.

There are some weeks due to travel, sick days, unexpected appointments, where getting 50 hours a week in just isn't enough. To make up for that I'll need to play more hours on other weeks.


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