Leveling Up vs. Adding Tables – Part 2

My personal battle.

Then I had my first wave of big (at least big to me) swings.  I would lose $50, then win $50, then lose $75, then win $50 and so on. I found my bankroll was back to $550 and one night I remember tilting.  Now I am not usually a player who tilts that much but when I do I usually realize it pretty quickly. The best way to combat tilting is to step away from the game but this is hard to do.  I felt like I was only “semi-tilting”. Playing a few more hands than normal but still playing solid for the most part. When I find myself in this spot I try to tighten my game up. I try to slow everything down and only play tier one hands. This usually helps stop the bleeding and can quickly take me out of my “tilt zone” when one of my big hands pays off.

This particular night though, this night I did something different, something that I would not recommend.  Rather than tightening up my play at my four tables, I added two ADDITIONAL tables. I thought to myself, well this will FORCE me to play tighter because I will be playing more tables. At the same time it will get me to my premier hands much quicker.  This method actually worked very well for me. I ended the night up $80 and I felt pretty good.

The next day I talked to Marios about my ordeal. As expected he told me it was not very smart at all and if I wanted to add additional tables I should try it at the $10NL level. I felt like a school boy again. I knew what I had done was wrong, but it worked. I didn’t want to go back down to the $10NL tables but I knew my teacher was correct so I did what any school boy would do, I ignored him and went back to playing 4 tables of $25NL.

After a few days of playing some more $25NL I was not really gaining any ground at all. I had big swings and usually would end up even or close to even on each session. What was worse though is I was finding myself bored at the tables. I felt like I wanted more action. So I decided to listen to finally listen to my teacher Marios. I went back down to the $10NL tables and played nine tables at a time!

The action was fast and furious. With nine tables I almost always had a hand on at least one of my tables that I wanted to play. I was no longer bored and my game tightened up because I had to play faster. What also surprised me is I was still able to make some really good reads even while playing at nine different tables. After only a half an hour (but 400 hands) I was up ~$40. I have continued this strategy the last couple days and feel like it is working for me. I find it is very hard to tilt with this many tables, there is simply too much to do. It is also nice how often you get your monster hands like AA and KK. After all you get them what, every 1 in 216 hands or so? If I am playing 800-1000 hands an hour I am getting aces (just aces) three to five times an hour! Same goes with kings, queens, jacks, etc. This seems to hold my attention better and I feel I am able to loose less on my marginal hands.

I have only been using this strategy for about 4 or 5 sessions so time will tell how it works but for now I think adding additional tables has helped my game and I think will grow my bankroll faster than the simple level up.  Let me know if you folks have experienced anything like this. Do you think adding additional tables could be a good way to handle the times where you are “semi-tilting”?  Do you think if you add more tables to your game you will tighten up your play?  I am interested to hear from you! (You can also read  Leveling Up vs. Adding Tables – Part 1)

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