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Randy “nanonoko” Lew's Top 5 Multi-Tabling Secrets (VIDEO)
Randy Lew holds the Guiness World Record for the most hands of online poker played in eight hours and today he shares the five most important secrets to multi-tabling.
Lew, who plays online under the screen-name “nanonoko”, is a member of Team PokerStars Online and regularly plays up to 24 tables of online poker at a time.
In this poker strategy video Lew goes into the details of important aspects of multi-tabling like minimizing distractions, using a heads-up display and setting up hotkeys.
Keep reading for the breakdown of Randy Lew's multi-tabling tips and watch the video at the bottom of the page to hear it from nanonoko himself.
*Editor's note: These tips are paraphrased from the video with Randy "nanonoko" Lew featured at the bottom of this page.
#5: Tiling Tables is Better than Stacking
Tiling is better than stacking because you can follow all the action. When you stack the tables you really can't follow on a street-by-street basis.
A lot of the time when you get an action while stacking, a table just pops up and you're already on the river.
Whereas when you're tiling you can follow the action preflop, flop and post-flop and it's much easier to make good decisions in tough spots.
#4: Use Hotkeys
Hotkeys are useful in poker because they allow you to make decisions really quickly. If you're playing a lot of tables you don't really have time to click the very specific spot where the fold button is.
With hotkeys you can hover over the whole table area and click the fold button. The most important hotkeys to have are the default actions like checking and folding.
You need hotkeys for the most basic decisions because those are the ones you're going to be using the most.
Also having some kind of bet-sizing hotkeys is really important. If you always make it three big blinds before the flop just make a hotkey for it.
Every action you save is just one less strain on your hand and saves you time.
#3: Minimize Distractions
There are times you'll be playing and be really in the zone and then all of a sudden your phone lights up and you're wondering who messaged you or what's going on.
It's important not to have any distractions so you can just focus on playing your best.
#2: Use a Heads-Up Display (HUD)
It's really important to have a heads-up display when you're multi-tabling because you need to make decisions really quickly and you need to know who the tight and loose players are.
If you're not paying close attention you won't have all that information, but a HUD can tell you really quickly.
Then you'll be able to focus on the action at hand as opposed to having to pay attention to every player.
#1: Add Tables Slowly
Add tables slowly because if you try to do it all overnight you're going to get flustered because you're probably not going to be winning as much.
It might be demoralizing if you become a break-even player or even start losing because you're playing too many tables.
You want to think about your winrate first because then when you add more tables you'll actually be able to win more money.
Wait until you're comfortable and then add another table. There's no rush to become a multi-table master.