5 Tips for Better Poker Multi-Tabling

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY: Multi-tabling champion.

Why play one table when you can play 10? That's what I always ask live-poker nits.

Multi-tabling is probably the best thing about playing poker online. Well, that and you can avoid dealing with the three S's of live poker: slow games, sloppy dealing and stinky degenerates.

But I digress. If you aren't multi-tabling now, you better start learning because if you're not, you're simply throwing money away. For a more detailed look at multi-tabling, you can read a full article here.

However, here are five quick tips to get you pointed in the right direction:

1) Use a Four-Color Deck

The four-color deck is easily the most important option for multi-tabling.

Red hearts, black spades, green clubs and blue diamonds. Sounds weird at first, but you'll get used to it quickly.

At first glance you can tell which flush draws got there and which missed.

Two-colored decks are for grandpas and live poker. Get with the times.

Paul McKinney
Two-color decks are for grandpas.

2) Stick to the Simplest Themes

Many online poker rooms have several different themes for you to choose from.

But don't try and use all the bells and whistles they have when you're multi-tabling.

Get rid of the distractions.

PokerStars' hyper-simple theme is a great example of a nice table setup perfect for multi-tabling.

3) Take Notes

Even if you can't pay attention to every single hand going on, make sure you watch the big ones and take detailed notes.

These notes will stay with the player and whenever you run into that player again you can refer to them.

Try and make them short and sweet and informative.

"Check-raises flop with combo draw" is a lot better than "Jackass sucks out with flush."

4) Figure Out a System for Organizing Your Tables

Some people stack the tables; others tile.

Find out what works for you so you can quickly refer to whichever table the action is on.

A personal tip if you are multi-tabling tournaments:

When I play 12 or more tables I will sort my tournaments by blind level.

Highest blinds go in the top left with the rest of the tables sorted toward the smallest blinds in the bottom right.

5) Sit in the Same Seat

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Use the software to sit in the same seat.

A lot of poker sites have an option so you can always sit in the same seat at the table.

The software will just rotate the table around you.

This option is invaluable to a massive multi-tabler.

Finding where you are sitting on all tables when you have to make split-second decisions can be a daunting task.

If you're always in the same seat, though, you know exactly where to look when the action is on you.

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greg 2011-07-06 21:13:05

I have created software to help people multi-table online poker more effectively. It moves the tables that need action into your view, and moves the tables that you fold out of the way. You can check it out at www.stackandtile.com , there is a demo video as well.

JDBC 2009-06-08 18:07:00

I have noticed players taking advantage of the 24 max tables on PS... Frankly I think that WAY too many - but there you go. PS have mentioned to me that hotkey macros that read the amount in the pot and can fold/raise by pre-arranged %'ages/All In etc. are permissable.... BUT I can not find any off-the-shelf. Can you point me in the direction of any (I understand you may not "recommend" any but having some/any to chose from would be nice :-) Thanks

ian 2009-05-23 12:47:00

Are there any books for proven, systematic strategy?

Daniel Skolovy 2008-08-27 00:25:00

You sir, could not be any more wrong. Multi-tabling puts the fun back in poker.

ross 2008-08-19 15:17:00

multitabling takes the fun out of poker.

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