Nov
7
2007

My Thoughts On & Experience With Multi-Tabling

In order to accelerate your learning curve, reduce your variance, get less bored/tilty, increasing your hourly rate and work off bonuses it is essential to be able to multi-table proficiently at small stakes. I’ve always multi-tabled, but over the last few months I’ve stepped it up a gear, moving from 4-6 to 8-10 tables. A lot of players out there can do 12+ without losing much value and that is what I am working towards. I’ve compiled a list of things I considered either essential or at least very handy when it comes to multi-tabling.

Monitor
The bigger your monitor and screen resolution the better. The more tables you can tile without overlap and making it so small that seeing your cards and clicking buttons becomes awkward the better. A lot of players use multiple monitors, personally I find this difficult and I sometimes forget about tables on another monitor when I have a tough decision on the other and time out needlessly. Multiple monitors also increases your need for head movement and thus you are more likely to get neck stiffness or other postural soreness.

A Good Workspace
A clutter free, well set-up workspace is ideal. You want to have good posture, be comfortable and be able to move around freely with no distraction.

Poker Tracker
PokerTracker is essential even if you aren’t multi-tabling, just for you to keep track and analyse your own play. When it comes to multi-tabling though, it is an important because you need to know more about your opponents because most of the time you aren’t following them in hands that you are not involved in.

PokerAce HUD
HUD goes hand in hand with PokerTracker, it is simply the best means of having quick access to the statistics that you have compiled on a player. It makes your life so much easier when it comes to the cut throat business of making quick decisions. If you plan on playing any more than 6 tables, I wish you the best of luck, but don’t like your chances if you aren’t using some kind of HUD software.

Auto Hot Key Scripts
I’ve only recently discovered these scripts, but I love them!  They handle tasks that you can easily do yourself while you are playing, but you save a little time and distraction by having scripts do them for you. Blow is a list of the ones I use and what they do.

Bet Pot
For PokerStars, which doesn’t have bet pot button this is the best script to have. Playing good poker you are going to be betting ¾ to full pot a lot and this is a one click tool to get those bet sizes without having to type them in or using the bet slider. You can also add and subtract big blinds from the bet size using your mouse scroll.

Auto Reload
Reloads your chip stack to the full buy-in amount so you don’t have to. It’s always optimal to have the full buy-in, so this makes sure you do. Last thing you want to have to worry about when you have just been sucked out on and have four other table decisions flashing at you is to have to reload your chips.

Urgent Table (For Stacking)
This tool brings up the table that needs a decision and moves your cursor off the decision buttons to prevent you from mis clicking. If you are playing with your tables tiled this program will help you identify the tables that need action by highlighting them, but it also moves your mouse which I find annoying at times. If you are playing with your tables in stacks, then this script is simply a must.

A Good Mouse
if you are going to be multi-tabling for a good number of hours each day then a good mouse is essential, especially if you are playing tiled on a big screen. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get repetitive strain injuries trailing a mouse all over your desk all day. I’ve recently switched to a ball mouse, which you control with your thumb, thus requiring no arm movement at all.

Notes
This one is kind of a catch22, you don’t really have that much time to read notes or write them if you are playing a lot of tables, but they are really helpful when it comes to certain decisions. Do your best to get some notes down when you see something of interest and try and be aware of players you have notes on at a table so you can call on them if need be.

How to Layout Your Tables

Tiling Tables
For
– You get to observe all hands and see the results
– It is easier to check the fold box on all tables you do not intend playing on
– You don’t inadvertently end up sitting out at tables and not realising it

Against
– Lots of heads and mouse movement required
– You are restricted by the size of your screen
– Everything is small and bad for your eyes
– You waste your time moving your mouse all over the place, time you could be spending on decisions

Stacking Tables
For
– Less mouse movement required
– Less strain on your neck
– HUD overlays, cards, buttons and best are easier to read because they are bigger
– Concentrate on making +EV decisions and let the window disappear and the results take care of themselves

Against
– Annoying when you want to sit out and take a break
– You miss key hands, weird players and miss players that are on tilt

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