Originally Posted by MrTomTit
wow, I once played a matrix tournament on fulltilt(4 tables)and that gave me a headache !
How long have you been playing, if you dont mind me asking and how long after you started playing poker was it before you tryed multi-tabling?
I've played cash games since Feb. 09, so that's about 8 months now. I pretty much started multi-tabling right away (after watching videos on CC of other members) and wanting to emulate them. But I play differently from most people and most people tell me I'm wrong for doing so, but that's OK, I like finding my own methods. It works for me, maybe not in the most ideal win rates and improvement, but the most fun and ability to keep my interest. I've always made money, and I'm not worried about how fast I move up.
What I do is stack the tables directly on top of each other at full size on my laptop. I definitely cannot handle tiling tables, at least more than about 4. I like the stacking arrangement because I don't have to move the mouse much at all on my turn, the tables pop up automatically when I need to act, and I can focus my vision in one place. The other advantage is that once you have acted, you don't have to worry about anything else with that table unless it comes back around and you need to act again. In other words, if you raise, and everyone folds, you don't need to know about it (you will know about it as soon as you see your new cards). And if you fold, you're done with that table -- you never have to see it again. And one of my favorite aspects of it is that it keeps you off tilt. Say you make a good bet, and a poor player makes a terrible call but sucks out on you. That can be irritating and can ruin your mood for other tables. With stacking, you never have to know about it until after the session is over, which by that time, it's not that big a deal.
I use Table Ninja to automate betting and for handling the buy-ins and such. And I use Hold'em Manager as my HUD, so I can follow my opponent's stats while playing, and look at any particular hands that need extra analysis. Everything else you can review after the session -- see if you played correctly, if you got sucked out on, if you put any bad beats on anyone (embarrassing). It's easy to get in over 1,000 hands in an hour, which helps you build a database to analyze your play much faster than it would normally take. People tell me all sorts of reasons why I'm stupid to play this way, but it's my own method, and I enjoy it. That's what counts in my book.
Sorry for the long answer, but I'm always trying to justify my methods. I don't know why I bother -- probably because I think other people could benefit from it, too.