Why do you play poker? If you haven't taken the time to answer this question, you should -- this answer is one of the most important in order to understand your own winning strategies. If you have, and the answer is to pass the time, than this article is not necessarily for you. If your answer was different, however, and you are a busy individual with so many hours a week in which to play your favorite card game, then pay close attention, as you may learn something helpful.
Poker is time-consuming. That you likely knew. But you may not now that there are some time-saving techniques to maximize your profitability and fun while you play. There are two major ideas in order to get the most out of your poker experience. Note that this primarily pertains to playing online poker.
First, play faster games. Many online poker sites offer "fast" or "turbo" style tournaments and even, in some cases, cash games, where the individual player's timer is reduced or even cut in half. When a player only has 7 or 10 seconds to make a decision rather than 15 or 20, it may not sound like a big deal but those few seconds really add up. Also, the Turbo tournaments typically raise blinds much quicker, virtually ensuring a speedier end to the event.
Second, play games with a larger payout. If you play sit and go tournaments, for example, and you only have enough time to play a few a week, why waste your time on those that are only paying a $10 or $12 for the first place winner while others that will take about the same amount of time are paying $20 and $30 for fourth and third place? This way you are maximizing your profit in the same amount of time spent playing poker.