Originally Posted by Tom1559
I think it is just nuts to play like that. How can you possibly concentrate and do the game justice.
It's entirely possible. Lots of top players 16-table or more and earn a nice living doing so. You can be sure they're concentrating and "doing the game justice," otherwise they wouldn't be profitable.
It just takes practice. You add one table at a time until it becomes natural. And yes, the more tables you play the tighter and more robotic you play. You tend to play fewer hands per table, but multiplied across a lot of tables your winrate will typically increase (if you're playing properly) because you'll have more playable/winning hands within a given period of time. If you single-table, you could go hours and hours without seeing AA, KK, sets, and other premium hands. When playing just 4-5 tables, you'll generally see these a lot more often -- sometimes ridiculously often. The other night while 6 tabling I had AK 11 times, AA 5 times, KK twice, and QQ twice within ONE HOUR. At one time I had AK on three tables simultaneously, a few minutes later I had AA and KK simultaneously. Now that's not typical, but it demonstrates how you'll likely see more premium hands per hour, which compensates for the fact you're playing fewer hands. And the more comfortable you get, you can either (a) add more tables and keep playing nit style, or (b) loosen up your hand selection and get involved in more pots. The only time I get a bit anxious is when the timing is just right that I get a playable hand at most or all tables, and it's my turn to act on all at the same time -- you can't spend more than a second or two looking at your position and the bets in front of you, figuring out how much to bet/raise, while all the other tables are counting down. But that doesn't happen very often.
It's easier to play more tables if you view poker as a job, something to turn a buck and not something fun and enjoyable in the process. OTOH if you actually enjoy the game itself and not just the money, and have fun outhinking/outplaying people, then it's harder to play a lot of tables because you can't afford the luxury of time to play like that. You really have to become more bot-like to play more than a few tables at a time. That's why even though I could play more, I tend to stay with 4-6 tables, which is about the limit I can handle and still "enjoy" the game. Even just 4-tabling, sometimes I'll get so into a juicy hand that I'll timeout on other tables.