Originally Posted by SyKoChiller
I was just reading a post where a member was talking about playing 12 tables at a time. I've read a lot of other post where people say they play around 8-10 at once. If he or you can more power to you, but I personally find it difficult to play more than 2 or 3. 4 is definitely my limit but I tend to do a lot better focusing on 1 or 2.
Say with 3 tables going with the auto-focus thing on, it's just popping from one table to the next so fast I barely have time to look at my own hand, let alone pay attention to what is going on at the table. Online you don't get that much time to make your moves anyhow and playing that many tables doesn't give you time to pick up on players habits either. How is it possible to play well on that many tables at once?
Then there is the issue of internet connection. I have a fairly good (30 meg) download speed, but since I don't live alone and there are smart devices and cellphones there is always at least 5-10 different things connected at any given time. If I open 5 tables it tends to lag a bit.
Where do you stand, is it better to focus on quality or quantity? How many tables do you generally play at once?
I mostly play MTT games. Those are far less mechanical and require, IMO, more careful attention as you cannot replenish your stack if you screw up. So never more than two, and I prefer only one. Otherwise the other table(s) take away from picking up betting and other tells. Especially when you need to make a careful decision and 6 other tables start popping up. Missing just one good opportunity at the time most needed in a MTT can kill you later.
Since you cannot simply re-pop the buy in later, you just cannot afford mistakes like missing a double up. In a cash game, it's no biggie if you miss one, you just wait for the next good opportunity to come along.
So, if I was playing cash games, far more mechanical IMO, I would play the max tables my concentration and computer/internet could handle. For me that is 4 right now. I have played 8-10 Fun Steps before at once and won 90%, but so what? It's a fish game where outright winning does not matter until the final step game for the top cash prize ($1.00, ho-rah!). Even then the sudden pop up of the other umpteen tables can make me screw up if I am not careful. So you need to make snap decisions
(honestly, 12 tables?? How do they do that for actual $$$?). You still lose the concentration to pick up on betting tells, but since it is more math (mechanical) based I think you can get away with more. Provided you have a home location completely free of any and all distractions and can make all those snap decisions. For me, constant snap decisions take a lot of fun out of the game. Makes it too much like work.
So, I much prefer quality over quantity, to keep it fun and
profitable. Thats why I do not play much cash.