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Randy Lew regularly plays 24 tables of online poker simultaneously under the screen-name nanonoko on PokerStars and today he's here to teach you the top five things you need to know to successfully multi-table. Video Transcript: #5 – Tiling Tables is Better than Stacking Tiling is better because you can follow all the action. When you're stack the tables you really can't follow on a street by street basis. Like 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 a good decision. #4 – Use Hot Keys Hotkeys are useful in poker because it allows you to make decisions really quickly. If you're playing a lot of tables you don't really have time to kind of 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. #3 – Minimize Distractions There are times I'm playing and I'm really in zone and I can really feel the flow of the action and play really well. Then all of a sudden my phone lights up and I'm wondering who messaged me or what's going on. It's important not to have any distractions so you can just focus on playing poker. #2 – Use a Heads-Up Display (HUD) I think it's really important to have a HUD 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 attention you won't know this but a HUD can tell you really quickly. #1 – Add Tables Slowly Add tables slowly because if you try to do it overnight you're going to get flustered because you're probably not going to be winning as well. It might be demoralizing if now you're a break-even player or even losing but you're able to play a lot of tables.
Hi, I'm Randy Lew. I'm a member of Teen Poker Stars online. I regularly play 24 tails at a time. Today, I'm going to teach you the five most things about multitabling.
Number five, tiling is better than stacking. I think that tiling is better, because you can follow all the action. When you stack the tables, you really can't follow on a streak by streak basis. When you get an action while stacking, a table just pops up and you're already on the river and then you have to think about what happened pre flop, what happened to flop, what happened on turn to make a good decision. Whereas when you're tiling, you can follow the action flop turn and pre flop as it's happening. It's a lot easier to make a good decision, in my opinion.
Number four, use hot keys. Well, hot keys are useful in poker because it allows 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 the hot key you can just hover over the whole table area, and click the fold button. You can be in the top left corner, top right corner, middle and it will still fold for you. So, you can just make a lot of decisions really quickly. I think the most important hot keys to have are the default actions. Checking is really important because a lot of time when you call a bet, you're just going to have to check it [inaudible 00:01:37] way. These really basic decisions are the ones that you want to have hot keys for because those are the ones you're going to be using the most. And then I would say also having some kind of bet sizing hot keys are really important too. If you normally make it three big blinds pre flop, have a three big blind hot key. That way, you don't have to keep clicking it several times before you click it. Every action that you save, one extra click that you save, is just one less strain on your hand and saves you time.
Number three, minimize distractions. So, there've been times when I've been playing and I'm really in the zone, and I can really feel the flow of the action and play really good. And all of a sudden, my phone lights up and now I'm thinking about who messaged me and what's going on. Then, I just forget what's going on. I think it's important not to have any distractions, so that you can stay focused and play your best consistently.
Number two, use a H.U.D. I think it's really important to have a H.U.D. while multitabling because you want to be able to make decisions really quickly, and you're going to want to know who's the tight players, who's the loose players and, if you're not paying attention, you're not going to know this. So, using a H.U.D. is going to tell you that really quickly and then you'll also be able to focus on the action at hand, rather than also thinking about how loose a player is.
Number one, add tables slowly. Add tables slowly because if you try to do it over night, you're going to get flustered because you're probably not going to be winning as well. It might demoralizing that you're now breaking a player or barely winning, but now you're able to play a lot of tables. Really, you want to think about you win right first. That way, when you add more tables, you're able to win more money and do well at the tables. I think it's really important to just take it slow and add one table at a time. Do really well at that and be comfortable, then add a table. There is no rush to being a multitabling master.