Originally Posted by bullishwwd
Even though I do agree with the multi-tabling comment and understand, I usually have trouble with more than 4 tables since I like to actually see all my tables on one screen and I use one laptop to play. It is still mind-boggling to me for someone to play 30 to 60 tables at once...they cannot be enjoying it and have to be functioning somewhat like a BOT does.
Until we have gained experience at adding more tables, it's difficult (up to a point) to fathom how people can do it. I know it was for me when I started playing and first heard of multi-tabling. But it doesn't matter -- they do it, and the serious players do it very well. I would tend to agree that those who play 24+ tables for 8+ hours a day probably don't enjoy it as much as those of us who play more for the enjoyment of it, but I'm sure they do enjoy the profits from it. It's no different than the rest of us who grind through a daily job, or building a business from the ground up, without always enjoying it, but we're doing it for the paycheck.
The thing is, as you add more and more tables, the learning curve gets shorter and shorter. When I started out, just adding a second table was taxing. I played that for awhile until I got more comfortable with it, then added a third table. Again, it was bit frantic at first, but a tiny bit less so. Then I added a fourth, and so on. At about the time I was up to 6 tables and got comfortable with it, I jumped straight to 8 tables and it really wasn't a big deal. I quickly added another, bringing me to 9 since I could tile 9 tables quite easily on one monitor. Then I pretty quickly added 3 more tables to my second monitor (I have 3 monitors on my main poker rig), and sometimes played up to 7 more on the second monitor since FT's max is 16 tables. It wasn't nearly as hard jumping from 9 to 16 as it was from 1 to, say, 6.
Not sure what the record is, but I don't think I've ever heard of someone playing 60 tables for any length of time. 30, yeah, there are a relative few that can pull it off and still manage a profit (perhaps only due to rakeback due to insane volume, though).
You do become more bot-like, naturally, but a lot of people don't realize that you can actually work yourself up to where you can make decisions much quicker and still have some creative plays based on reads. People wrongly believe you can't possible have reads or make any decisions beyond your cards and position, but it's not true. Which is why a HUD is immensely important for massive multi-tablers, as that is your primary source of reads.