Should You Play Multiple Tables Online at the same time?

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Playing poker online is great fun, but it also takes a huge amount of focus and you need that focus if you’re serious about making a profit.

It is common knowledge that several people will play multiple tables at one time in order to maximize their earnings. I once met a poker player in a bar who introduced me to this; he was making over 100k a year playing multiple tables online. But make no mistake because this guy was a real pro.

Playing multiple tables online at the same time isn’t for everyone and if done incorrectly can make you lose heavily. On the flip side of that, if you’re good at what you do then you can win big each time you play too. Remember to go slow if you want to try it, don’t try and play 5 tables right away! Build and progress gradually.

Here are the pros and cons of playing multiple tables online at the same time.

Pros

  • More Hands Per Minute – If you love action and don’t usually enjoy the down time, then you’ll really enjoy playing multiple tables. On average you can expect an online hold’em table to deal around 60 hands an hour, then playing 6 tables will mean you play 360 an hour.
  • Good Decisions Increase – One famous poker player is well known for his philosophy that poker is not about making money or wining pots, but instead its about making good decisions. The most important decision a player makes is whether or not to see the flop. If you are consistently making a good decision at that stage, then you are likely to see that happen on your other tables – the experience and winnings will increase no-end.
  • Lower Variance – By this I mean that a player will not lose as much overall when he is in a downswing playing multiple tables as opposed to playing a single cash game. Having multiple tables open means that you are playing different hands at the same time, so the likelihood that you will lose on all the tables at the same time is low.

Cons

  • Lower Limits – If you are used to playing on $2-$4 tables then you need to follow simple logic and divide that across the number of tables you open. This would mean playing $.25/$.50 tables. This means that you are playing the same stake but putting more strain on your bankroll – the player could achieve the same results, with less stress on one table.
  • Shorter Recovery Time – When you lose a big hand you get no time to recover. Can you get that out of your mind within 10 seconds? Because you’re going to have to, the next hand is already being dealt or the next flop is being turned.
  • Higher Bankroll Needs – If you’re confident that you can play multiple tables with big buy-ins then you’re going to need a bankroll that can handle the swings. The long-term variance, as mentioned above, is low, but you may still see big swings during your sessions. You should make sure that there’s enough bankroll there to cover the multiple tables and their buy-ins.