THere are blogs devoted to 'online tells
',.. betting patterns, avatar names, length of time it takes to make a bet/check/call,.. even a study done on which avatars are used by players of different playing styles (prior to introduction of new avatars on Fulltilt,... did you know that 'Elvis guy is most often a LAG player?,.. 'they' say it's true!!, lol).
I think a player should most definitely read something into betting times,.. not to etch it in stone (OH.. they're taking a long time.. it must mean this or that). I don't think that's what this person was saying here,.. I believe it is just one more thing to take into consideration (not the end all and be all sole reason for reading your opponent in a particular way,.. but an addtional bit of information,.. and any little extra bit is a bonus in my opinion).
Different stuff can mean different things,... with the rookies it seems like a 'quick check' is that they're on a flush draw,.. a really slow check means they're weak as all hell and are sitting at their computer begging you not to bet so that they can get a free card,..thinking they're telling you the opposite (I've got strong.. so I'm pausing here thinking if I should bet or not,.... you better not bet,.. pleazzzz think I have something!!!).
Then there's another HUGE bet timing tell with rookies,.. the super quick auto min. bet on the flop,.. pleazzzz... gimmee a break,.. no explanation necessary on that one.
If the player seems to be taking a long time to bet out each time,.. just do a player search on them and see exactly what games they're in (if any,.. at least on that particular site). seeing the long delays and then discovering that they're multi-tabling is also another huge benefit,.. so once again, the 'long paused bets' is another great read (one's play can be altered when they know they're in against a multi-tabler).
As far as multi-tabling goes,... personally if I'm playing sngs I'll always have a couple/few on the go at the same time (used to play in excess of 3 at a time but overall I KNOW I do much better if just playing on one,.. two at the most,.. i don't play sngs with respect to looking at my projected hourly income,.. .I play them simply to win, like any poker game
I play,.. I like winning even more than 'earning' (I make more at my job in a day than I could in sngs four at a time for a week straight).
In mtts I myself am usually just playing one table at a time,.. but always welcome the mult-tabler and like putting some pressure on them and forcing them to decisions when I know they've got other tables beeping away on their screens. To each one's own though.. just my particular preference.
Lots of online tell info. out there,... anything is worth discussing. Good thread and am glad you submitted it!!!!