In our introduction article to multi tabling in poker, I talked about how playing more tables can make you money. I also said it was an easy way to do so and should be one of the most important parts of your poker game.
This time were going to talk about how to do this and how to make it easy for anyone. That’s right-ANYONE!
The Easiest Method to Multi Tabling
As I said in the first article, I used to play 1 or 2 tables at a time and had difficulty playing anything more. Once I started learning the game and getting better, I wanted to make more money. My first thought was to play more tables as it made sense. However, I found that I was losing money whenever I played more than 2 tables.
My biggest mistake was trying to go gung ho right from the beginning. I would load up 4 or more tables and immediately become overwhelmed. I was timing out at tables, folding hands I didn’t want to and the mistakes just kept compounding.
The best way to approach multi tabling is to take it slow and have a little patience. To do this, you should only add in 1 table at a time. If you play 2, start playing 3. Do this until you feel comfortable playing 3 and then start to add in 1 more. Depending on your learning curve, you will start to notice that the extra table you added in is much the same as when you were playing less.
In some cases you may find that you are able to play that extra table well within a few hours. This is by far the best approach you can take to playing more tables. In no time at all you should have at least doubled your production and hopefully your profits.
Poker Site Tools
Almost every site has a list of features that are meant to make multi tabling easy. How they work will vary from site to site, but most are the same and even called the same. Here, I will break down all of the best available options to make your multi tabling life easier.
The tile table function will neatly set every table on your screen into a layout that is easy to see and follow. Instead of having tables randomly spread out across your monitor, your tables will be equal in space and size. This not only looks much nicer, it’s easier to see all of the action going on.
Some players prefer to use the stacked or cascading feature. This is basically the same idea as tiling the tables, but it does so in a different way. Instead of laying all of the tables so that you can see every one, stacking them will put all tables in a stack. Each one will be the exact size as well.
When a table is in need of action, it will pop to the front. Once you make your decision, the next table that requires action will pop up.
The disadvantage to playing using this feature is that you can’t see all of the tables and pay attention to other players. It can also be confusing as the tables pop up and know what ones you have made a decision on. You can easily time out while making a decision on one table, and not even realize that you are sitting out.
The only reason I put this feature on the list is because it’s great for people who play a lot of tables. If you’re only playing 4 or 5, tilting is definitely the way to go. Even up to 9 or 10 tables will work well using the tile feature on a bigger monitor.
It’s when you start playing 10 or more tables that the tile function starts to make the tables really small and almost un-playable. At this point, you should be using the stacking feature.
There are other ways to place the tables around your monitor that take a little bit of effort but could be easier in the long run.
Most tables can be manually sized just as you would re-size a window on the internet. You can then place the tables exactly where you want them for easy access. This method works for players are playing different limits or games.
For example, if you’re playing 4 games of Hold Em and 4 of Omaha, you wouldn’t want to have 2 Omaha games on the right mixed in with the Hold Em ones. Ideally, you would want 4 on one side and 4 on the other to easily navigate back and forth. The tile table function will not separate what games you are playing and randomly place them wherever. Doing this manually is the best option for this style of play.
Four Color Deck
This may not sound like a method to make multi tabling easy, but trust me when I say that it will one of the best changes you make.
The standard way that poker rooms display the cards is to use the traditional, red and black colors of the suits. The problem lies when you start to play more tables. Since the diamonds and hearts are both red, they can start to look the same once the tables get a bit smaller and you have more of them on your screen. The same holds true for spades and clubs.
You could easily mistake a heart for a diamond and think you have a flush when you don’t. This is costly and something that I learned very early on in my poker career.
The four color deck changes each suit to a specific color. For example-hearts may be red, spades green, diamonds blue and clubs black. This may seem a bit odd at first, but after a few hands, you will soon get used to it. Now you only have to see one color to know that it’s a specific suit. A quick glance will now replace your nose up against the monitor.
These are just a few tips that will get you well on your way to playing more tables. Following these few easy tips will be just about all you need to profitably and easily manage more tables on your screen.
If you’re looking for even more ways to improve your playing experience and play even more tables, I plan on continuing this guide in a following article. The next set of tips and resources will be ones that can’t be found on the poker site themselves and act as an add on. Some will cost money and others are free, but all are worth at least a look.