You flew to Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event and played perfectly for 3 days. On Day 4, right before the money, you pick up pocket aces and lose to pocket kings, sigh. If only you could have played 12 Main Events at the same time and focused on the other 11 when one went south. Introducing the value of online poker! In today’s example, we’ll look at some relatively standard hands that were played simultaneously.
Table #1: I’m holding Ac-Ks on the Big Blind with blinds and antes at $0/$30/$60. I have a large stack of over 50 big blinds along with the rest of the table.
Table #2: I’m halfway through a hand with 9d-3d. Because there is already a raise from under the gun (UTG), I’ll be folding 9d-3d.
Dual action approach: Because I already know that I’m folding 9d-3d, I should select the fold checkbox that’s available to me on Table #2 and shift my attention to Table #1, where I have a big Pre-Flop hand that will be played.
Table #1: The action folds to Player 42, who raises 2.5x the Big Blind to $150. If all other players fold to the raise, then I will 3-bet to $450. $450 is 3x the original raise and gives me the power to make a continuation bet post-Flop if called. It also allows the original raiser to 4-bet me and steal my raise if he thinks I’m bluffing, which is what we want with A-K. A smaller raise by me would most likely induce a call, and a larger raise by me will most likely induce a fold. Along with A-A and K-K, A-K is one of the hands that we’ll look to get all-in Pre-Flop.
Table #2: I’ve folded 9d-3d because it did not qualify as a call behind hand Pre-Flop. It just so happens that I’ve made a big hand on a Flop that I am not a part of.
Dual action approach: I have action coming my way on Table #1 that I should be focused on executing correctly. The big Flop with Three of a kind – 9s on Table #2 is not something that I should concern myself with. I needed to fold 9d-3d Pre-Flop, which means the hand is no longer relevant regardless of what I would have had. I don’t regret my decision because we cannot know what cards will come. You can make a big hand with any two cards, but we must have parameters on when the best opportunities are to be in these hands.
Table #1: Player 165 in the Small Blind calls Player 42’s raise from middle position and the action is on me. Because there are now two other players in the Pot, I’ll need to make my 3-bet slightly higher. There is no exact amount that must be raised here, but with two other players in the hand, I must make it harder for each opponent to stay in. The goal is to get an opponent to 4-bet and not just call. Raising a bit more puts us in a better position for that action to occur because it’s now even harder to call, and there is more money to steal if they 4-bet.
Table #2: Multiple rounds of betting have occurred and I’m still out with my 9d-3d. Nothing to do here.
Dual action approach: Once again, I’m focused on Table #1 and disinterested by what’s happening on Table #2. It is this downtime that allows for up to 12 tables to be played correctly using The Poker Model at the same time.
Table #1: I make a Pre-Flop 3-bet to $500 and both players called. The Flop comes 7c-7s-9s and Player 165 checks to me. This spot can be considered a time to make a continuation bet because I have a bad hand and I’m looking to make the other players fold. According to The Poker Model, a bad is hand considered Third Pair or worse when using your personal pocket cards. With One Pair 7s, Ace, King, 9 High, I have worse than Third Pair using my personal pocket cards. For this reason, it’s time to make a continuation bet.
Table #2: The previous 9d-3d hand has ended and I’m presented with a hand that has potential to be played. If any players in front of me raise, then I will fold as Qc-8c does not qualify as a call behind hand.
Dual action approach: I know that I’m making a continuation bet slightly under half pot on Table #1 because a bet that is slightly less than half pot will play the same as a half pot bet. Both look equally threatening with this amount in the Pot. It also allows me save a bit if my opponent happens to have a hand. As soon as I fire the bet, I should look to Table #2 and see if I have a qualifying hand. From this position, Qc-8c qualifies only if there are no raises in front of me. I must make the bet on Table #1 and wait to see what happens on Table #2.
Table #1: I made a continuation bet on the Flop of $625 that was called by Player 42. Player 165 folded in the Small Blind and the Turn is the 3h. The 3h does not help my hand in anyway. For this reason, I’ll check and fold if Player 42 bets.
Table #2: The action folds around to me in the Small Blind. I calculate that I have 35 big blinds and Player 23 on the Big Blind has 25 big blinds. With more chips than him in the Big Blind, I’m able to apply more pressure. Also, if I make a mediocre hand like Top Pair on the Flop, I may be able to bet it like a big hand because his stack is approaching 20 big blinds. Over Pairs and Top Pair become much more valuable when our opponents are more desperate and near the 20 big blind marker because they have less time to be patience and may go all-in with a draw or second pair. Because I have a qualifying hand, I’ll make a raise in an effort to take control of the hand.
Dual action approach: On Table #1, we’ve made our play and came up short when Player 42 called on the Flop. Right as this call was made on Table #1, we glance over and find another playable opportunity on Table #2.
Table #1: I made the check and Player 42 checked behind me. The River is the Qd. I’ve already made my play at the Pot on the Flop so I’m still going to check and fold if Player 42 bets on the River.
Table #2: I raised Player 23 Pre-Flop and was called. The Flop came 3c-10h-9d and the action is on me. Again, I only have High Card – Queen, 10, 9, 8, 2 High, which is worse than Third Pair so I’ll make a continuation bet in an effort to win the Pot right now.
Dual action approach: I’m almost bored at this point waiting for action. My job is done on Table #1; If Player 42 bets, then I’ll fold. If Player 42 checks then we’ll flip our cards at the Showdown. Table #2 has become very standard. I raised Pre-Flop and am now going to make a standard continuation bet Post-Flop.
Table #1: I check and Player 42 checks behind again. We flip our cards and both have A-K for the split pot. I took the initiative in this hand by 3-betting Pre-Flop and making a continuation bet on the Flop. Player 42 was very passive and called, forcing a chopped pot when more action should have occurred Pre-Flop.
Table #2: I make a continuation bet slightly less than the Pot and Player 23 folds.
Dual action approach: We recognize quickly that we chopped one hand and won the other. We then scan the tables’ stack sizes and our own. Now we’re ready for two new ones.
Multi-tabling is a great way to gain experience fast. If you are going to play Poker for an extended period of time, its far more efficient to play more than one game. This style also helps move on quickly from a bad beat. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but see how fast you can get to Tables 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…