Multi-Tabling Online Tournaments
When you first try out multi-tabling online tournaments you shouldn't start by playing ten or more at once. The temptation will always be there to do that, but, if you stick to one or two at first you'll learn them better, and be able to move forward from there. If you start by playing one, in a few days you should be able to handle two. After two in a week or so you should be able to handle four. After about two months or so of increasing your knowledge of multi-tabling tournaments you should be able to find your threshold for how many you can play at a time.
You have to find the balance where you can keep track of everything that is going on, and make consistent informed decisions. Most players don't play more than 14-20 even after hours upon hours of tournaments played because the amount of money you lose can get very high if you don't cash in them. Also, playing more than that won't allow you to make the correct progressions throughout tournaments at the correct times. If you are clicking non-stop and not thinking so much it will hurt you in the long run. Tournaments are all about consistency in play and making the right moves. If you are playing too many you'll lose that grasp on the game.
Deciding on Types of Tournaments
Online tournaments come in different variations as well. You can play super turbo tournaments, turbo tournaments, regular tournaments or slow blinds tournaments. You should choose the one that best suits you, and the ones that you'll have enough time to play. If you enter super turbo tournaments it will come down to gambling, and these will be hit or miss almost every time. You'll either run good or run bad, and that will determine if you make money or not. You should stay away from this style, because money can go very quickly and there's less strategy and play involved in them. Especially, if you decide to multi-table these, money can almost evaporate from your bankroll within minutes.
Avoiding tournaments with slow blind structures will make a big difference in the long run. Often times these will take around 20 hours or more to complete, even with a small field of players. These will be profitable in the long term, but, not too many players play them and very few people have the kind of patience it takes for them. There are less fish playing these and even if there are a number of fish it will take longer to exploit them because the blinds go by so slowly.
The two types of tournaments most and almost all players will play are the turbo tournaments and the regular blinds level tournaments. These two types of tournaments won't take forever and if you employ the right strategies, you'll be able to turn profits when multi-tabling in poker.
Setting Up Your Tournaments
When multi-tabling a turbo tournament or regular blinds level tournament you should try and start all of the tables around the same times. If you can play 6-20 of them within an hour or two of each other, you'll have the right mindset on what needs to be done at specific times. Often times the best time to play these are on Sundays.
No matter what poker sites you play on, almost every site will have a big Sunday guarantee tournament that starts around the same time. This is the best time where you can practice multi-tabling at lower up to higher level buy-ins. Many online poker players will play throughout the entire day on Sunday simply because the most fish will sit and play and you can make the most money. The prize pools will be worth the time and money invested. Also, if you choose Sunday to test out multi-tabling you'll have more options as far as turbo or regular tournaments. If you don't cash in a few of them you can play more of them. On weekdays if you play tournaments, you won't have the option to play more of them.
Getting Comfortable and Maximizing Profits
Finding a comfort zone that's best suitable for you is the most important thing when multi-tabling. If you multi-table tournaments and choose it as a full time job, you want to maximize your profits and minimize losses. If you are playing more tables than you can handle you'll always maximize your losses. If you are playing too few tables you won't maximize your profits.
The ability to know what you are able and not able to do is hard for most to comprehend, but, with practice you should be able to figure it out. It will take two months or so of playing every day until you'll be able to find your comfort zone. For some it will be four or five tables at once, and for others it will be more. To become a winning multi-table tournament player online it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. If you don't put in the time, in the long run you won't see the results you want.
Once you get used to multi-tabling tournaments you should be able to make money doing it. Most times even if you are one of the best players you won't cash in 80% of the games and that's a risk you should be willing to take when playing these. The reason is because when it comes to cashing or winning tournaments you have to be able to persevere and fight throughout them. Once you can grasp a never say die attitude when playing tournaments you'll be able to win and possibly win a lot of money.
The first or any tournament you end up winning you could have lost 90% of your stack in the first ten minutes, you never know. It's worth it in the end because the more time you put in and the better you get at multi-tabling, eventually you'll win. Even if you were breaking even for a long stretch of time one win can change everything from the stakes you are playing to the money you are making.
If you choose to multi-table you need a lot of focus for long hours grinding away. One win will give your bankroll a big boost and give you confidence. Once you have been there, won a tournament, and know what it takes you can get back there and do it again.
Author: Jonathan Wanchalk
Updated: March 2015
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