This is a discussion on How many tables to play? within the online poker forums, in the Online Poker section; This is a question that I made every day. There is a good number of tables to play poker on-line simultaneously? I mean, how can
it is advisable to play at least 5 table at a time but for me beyond 3 table. I find it hard to stay focused and play my A game. With poker experience we acquire automatisms which allow us to play each spot in the best possible way without having to use our gray matter at 100%. which allows me to preserve my energy and not to tire too much when I multitable.
I like to play at two tables, at most 4. But I think it depends on the player, there are players who like to play at more tables and others think that many tables can hinder the reading of the game. I admit that with more than three tables I get a little lost.
I dont llke multitable play. Especially more than 2 tables. I like giving full attention to what is happening and what my opponents are doing. Some people are able to do this with 4 or more tables. More power to them.
If you're new, you should definitely start with no more than 2 tables. As situations become more habitual, moving up to more is fine. At the end of the day, your limit is based on your focus level and your ability to do quick math.
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I only play MTTs, I prefer to play 4-5, the max is 6 tables, tourneys are running in the same time. However, it stands only for the 8 max, full ring tourneys. I do not really like the 6 max, but I play sometimes, in that case max 4 tourneys.
Most of the time, it is okay to focus more, take a bit more attention to those tables, where I near to ITM, FT or I am already on FT. Otherwise, yes, sometimes it happens, that I miss hands, run out from time or miss click. I can live with that, that's still me, easily can accept like part of the game.
I mainly try to play a single table, but sometimes being registered in freerolls with very little time difference between each one, I usually have 2 or 3 tournaments and it becomes very difficult to focus on each one; so I prefer to play a maximum of 2 tournaments or 2 tables at the same time
Nowadays, I'm playing micro SnG on PS and a few micro MTT. Usually I only play 2 tables, I can go up to 4 and play well. 6 tables is possible if I push myself. More than that would take more practice, learning and dedication.
Now, the good number to play? The number you can play and feel comfortable making your plays without mistakes. I think you only need more and to stack many tables if you need volume. Like 10+ 15+ more tables. And for that you do need a good HUD to keep track of everything that is happening.
I have had 8 tables going at once a long time ago but found it not to be the best idea to do that. I have found I play much better when only playing 1 or 2 at a time and my win rate is much higher than before. That being said there are many time I still have as many as 4 going.