Online poker allows you to do one thing that live poker never will permit and that is to play at more than one table at a time – multiple tables simultaneously. You can play at more than one website at the same time and some website alow you to choose to play more than one table at their single website. Because this could raise software conflict issues at times, if you want to try playing at multiple tables you will have to experiment to find those websites that work well together for you.
There are several techniques for playing at more than one table online at the same time. You can choose to switch manually between the tables or you can allow the software to tell you when the action turns to you. You can even adjust the window sizes so you can see all the action at a glance. This is another area where experimentation will let you determine the technique that works best for you.
Chances are you will see a lot of variation in the short term when playing more than one poker table, especially at first. You will lose some and win some. These swings are normal and you have to handle them. It is a fact, however, that playing multiple tables over the longer range will cause your variations to be reduced.
Unless you have already developed the poker skills needed to be a winning player, you will simple lose more. But once your skills have reached the level that you feel you can multi-task, you may be able to increase your hourly winning rate.
Pros of Multiple Table Play
Playing more than one poker table may allow you to make you game stronger. You’ll be playing more hands during less time and that will tend to reduce the impatience factor. However, if you lose several hands in a row, it is easier to go into ’tilt’.
The single largest advantage for the winning poker player is that the overall rate of hourly winnings can go up. If you usually make only one large bet per hour at a single table, you can expect to win as many as three large bets each hour of play if you play three tables at one time. Even if you earn only one-half as large a pot on each bet, you will come out ahead by 50%.