Most amateur online poker players don’t plan much farther than playing their first game. If they get drilled their first time out, a majority of them will never redeposit. If they fair all right, they may redeposit and start over again at a lower stakes level. If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re holding your own (and maybe even profiting a little) at your preferred stakes level, then you may be wondering…What’s next? For players that have already walked that path, the next obvious step was expanding their income by seeing more action. Fortunately, when it comes to online poker you really can be in more than one place at once thanks to a special feature known as multi-tabling.
What Is Poker Multi-Tabling?
Multi-tabling is a poker playing strategy that’s unique to online poker rooms. It’s only possible thanks to a feature that allows players to participate in multiple poker games and tournaments at once. Poker rooms that offer multi-tabling generally accommodate it through a feature that allows players to resize game windows so they can play multiple tables at once, but most rooms place a limit on exactly how many tables a player can simultaneously join (in the very least to discourage multi-tabling bots).
Is Poker Multi-Tabling Right for You?
If you consistently come out ahead at your current stakes level but you find yourself losing interest when hands drag on, then multi-tabling could be a good way to optimize both your time and your profit potential. Of course an ability to multi-task is key to multi-tabling successfully, so if you find playing more than one table at a time effects your ability to maintain your strategy, then you’re better off returning to single table play.
Where to Multi-Table
As previously mentioned, the recent invention of multi-tabling bots has caused some poker online to forbid multi-tabling, but most of the larger rooms still allow it. That said, not all poker rooms have the same multi-tabling potential. You want to choose a room that not only offers ample action to choose from, but that also makes multi-tabling easy by letting you resize or cascade your game windows. These same rooms should allow you to program alerts that will sound an alarm and cause a window to flash when it’s your move at any specific table. If you’re especially ambitious, then look for rooms with higher multi-table limits.
Why to Multi-Table in Poker
Because most players will only participate in a couple hands per round, the significant down time makes it easy for skilled multi-taskers to play several tables at once, increasing the amount of action they see in any given session. It’s also a good way for you to take advantage of more of the fish at the lower levels for the same overall buy-in required to play a single, tighter high stakes table. Apart from profit potential, some players use multi-tabling to determine their ideal stakes level or game type when testing a new poker room. Other players may mix it up by splitting their screen between ring games and tournaments. If nothing else, multi-tabling allows you to make good use of your time while waiting for a more premium seat at your preferred table. Whether you’re grinding it out in an SNG or killing time at the micro stakes as you wait, you won’t have to waste your current buyin in order to claim your place at a more desirable game.