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Video Poker What is the longest you can play before fatigue sets in?

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by gutshotSF, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. gutshotSF

    gutshotSF Royal chaser and real-life long-distance runner

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    Hi all! I am in the process of planning my upcoming stay at the Four Queens and South Point. My coin-in goals for the positive EV plays at both places might require some grinding (on 9/6 JoB on the floor at FQ and NSUD Deuces at the bars at SP) and I am curious as to what other people's limits are in terms of time spent at a machine. So what is the longest you can play before fatigue (mental or physical) sets in? How long can you play before you stop trusting your ability to play perfectly?

    A correlated question to this is how much do you typically limit yourselves in terms of alcohol intake?

    Curious what some of the more experienced VP vets on this forum have to say. Thanks!
     
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  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    I'm mostly a hit and runner, so I don't think I've got to that point in VP. 13 hours straight of live poker was pretty rough though...
     
  3. Ty

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    Playing floor machines I give out after a couple of hours. Playing on the floor (vs bartop) isn't comfortable to me, uprights are awkward for me.

    I can play 2-3 at the bar. Usually a session in the mornings, a session after lunch, then again after dinner. I limit alcohol to the last session and play slower. Since Boyd changed their rewards program I no longer play for a coin-in goal so nowadays I skipp the after lunch session.
     
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  4. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    My play is more based on money. Most of the time I reach my daily limit before fatigue has a chance to set in.

    I'm not really a grinder, mostly because I don't put a lot into the machine anymore. My dollar seems to last shorter every year. I remember 15 years ago putting $20 or $40 in a machine and it could last for hours. Not anymore, that amount probably lasts less than 15 minutes.

    Friends that I know pace themselves, taking a break every few hours to prevent fatigue. Taking bathroom breaks every hour (asking the attendant to save the machine for them) and going for a meal every 4 or 6 or so hours. Some of those friends are playing for 13 or more hours a day so they pace themselves.
     
  5. tee6395

    tee6395 Downtown Dreamer

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    At one time and never on an upright - I'd say 3 hours or so. I don't drink alcohol, but eventually the water and diet coke I consume have me visiting the restroom around that 3-4 hour mark. The longest I've sat at a machine without breaks of any kind was in 1996 or so on a brand new Monopoly at the time. I sat there somewhere in the neighborhood of 7+ hours. My back and bladder were killing me, but the damn thing kept paying and taking over and over. Best machine ever. I tried over the years to duplicate that evening, but never have.
     
  6. JeJas

    JeJas VIP Whale

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    I am also hit and run type, sometimes I even play stand up. 5 minutes is my usual session length.
    Alcohol intake : 0
     
  7. win4me

    win4me It's the year of the piggy, dontcha know!

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    I do not stay long on any machine unless it is paying/playing with me. (I am 80/20 slot/VP player) Soooo, you can see me hopping around from machine to machine quite often :(
    :wave:What does this word "limit" mean?:D:drunk:Actually, the only place I have overindulged is at Cosmopolitan sports book or Chandelier playing VP. I used to feel like I had to drink every drink ticket that I earned :eek:. I have learned to share. I give most of them away and make new friends.
     
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  8. SMG

    SMG High-Roller

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    The longest I've played was about 3 hrs, since "Mother Nature" usually starts calling for a restroom break after awhile, especially if I'm drinking a lot of liquids. LOL Sometimes if the casino is too smokey, I can only last about an hour, since my eyes/nose start getting irritated and I have to go outside for a fresh-air break.

    Unless I'm on a winning streak, I can't sit and play for hours on end like some folks. It also starts getting monotonous if I'm staring at those screen for hours and that's when I start making some dumb mistakes. So, I don't like playing when I reach that point. LOL
     
  9. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    2 hours for me is stretching it. After that I tend to make mistakes. So I'll stop and go do something else. In that time I probably would have 2 drinks.
     
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  10. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl VIP Whale

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    I always quit for a break after handpay time.:goofy:
     
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  11. FYMYAWF

    FYMYAWF It's not a bender, it's a lifestyle.

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    I start to go cross-eyed after about a half hour or 45 minutes. I play lightning fast and can jam a lot of hands into that time, so if the hands start to just jumble together and I'm not concentrating well I'll walk away.

    I'm usually well buzzed to mildly drunk when playing, but it doesn't affect my strategy.
     
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  12. nfajgmbr03

    nfajgmbr03 High-Roller

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    12 hours but to be honest I'm taking very small naps in between. They kept serving me so who it's all just fine. Honestly about 3 to 4 hours, sometimes longer on a good run
     
  13. Wallew

    Wallew High-Roller

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    When I was younger( not that I am old just a little more seasoned) I always wanted the big win so I bet heavy. Which meant I won big a few times but most times I just lost a bunch of money. I would get an hour or two of great action and that was about it. Most times the pit critters would rate me like crap anyway.

    In the last few years I’ve learned to enjoy the ride a little more. Chances are that I’m going to lose so I might as well get some more mindless enjoyment out of it( I worry and stress enough in life to have to think when it comes to gambling).I bet smaller but sometimes can gamble for 6-8 hours with a few short breaks for the same amount of money.

    I also used to exclusively play about 95% tables. I’m starting to play more slots because the comps are so much better. Honestly I know I’m not winning something life changing. If playing slots buys me and the wife more free meals, free junket getaways and more getaway perks I might as well work the system.
     
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  14. AyDee

    AyDee is getting too old for this

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    VP? not so much lately, an hour or two depending how brutal it is. I agree, pacing is essential, especially if you are prone to rapid fire play.
    Tables? still finding out.. 48 hours and counting or until the BR is gone?

    None, nada, zip. Zero.. Alchohol intake is the only positive EV I get! :beer:
     
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  15. Don the Dentist

    Don the Dentist LV resident

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    Depends on the physical machine.
    Uprights - Probably in the 2-3 hour range. If there is a good promo, then 3-4 hours.
    Slant tops - In the 4-5 hour range, maybe longer if the royal or other progressives are high.

    If you need a bathroom break, simply turn on the change light and an attendant will "babysit" the machine until you come back. You can cash out your ticket if you want. At the 4Q I leave the credits in the machine as all the slot personnel know me.
     
  16. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    Wow. We’re a lot like Joe ely’s road. It goes on forever. We try to but then Lady Luck says go eat after taking all our money. I’d snack if she’d give me some change!! But we’ve a while.
     
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    TriggerMN The Norwegian Hammer

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    My wife and I played craps for 10 hours straight a few years ago at Linq. Pit critter was shocked when she clocked us out.

    Live poker, I’ve put a few 20 hour sessions in.
     
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  18. smartone

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    For the most part, my "muscle memory" was generated during years of monthly Las Vegas visits where I had meetings during the day. That allowed me to sit at the bar (I rarely play VP out on the floor) for a couple hours either before or after dinner. I'm a pretty fast player and drinker, so after 2-3 hours I realize I'm starting to make mistakes, have a good buzz-on and I call it an evening to get ready for the next day's meetings. Now that I'm newly retired, I still pretty much keep to that. During that day, I'll visit the Spa and the pool area, play a little BJ before bellying-up to the bar for VP around 4 p.m. I'm good till about 7 p.m. before I gotta change things up. Certainly there's a bathroom break or 2 in there, but that's not "fatigue"... I just have the bartender watch the machine for me.

    The exception to this is if I'm chatty with the bartenders and other patrons and not playing hand after hand.
     
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  19. Joe

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    We are grinders. I just checked my phone for 4oak photos from last Saturday. The first one was at 11:31 AM and the last was at 12:41 PM. There was a 50 minute break to eat at 777.
     
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    smerrian View from Bally's

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    I once was woken up by security...asleep at my vp machine. I don't know how long I was there but evidently it was too long.
     
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