Poker rooms for multi-tabling: where and how many tables can you play at the same time?

09.07.2021

Randy "Nanonoko" Lew, Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt, Thomas "Boku87" Bockhoff have become famous poker players for their amazing efficiency and multi-tabling. The skill of playing well at dozens of tables at the same time was the key to a successful career in online poker in the late 2000s and early 2010s. But after Black Friday, the situation has been steadily worsening. One of the most revealing trends is the limitation of the number of tables for a simultaneous game. This is the path taken by PokerStars, GGPoker and more modest poker rooms.

Today we will talk about the current restrictions on the number of tables and rooms where you can still actively multitable.

Why do poker rooms restrict multi-tabling?

Limiting the number of tables to play simultaneously is a complete nonsense for poker rooms. More multi-tablers - more rake - more profit for companies, isn't it? The poker room management is not convinced by this logic, and more and more of them set a limit on the number of tables. What is the reason for the illogical behavior? Poker room arguments:

  • Poker ecology. A universal excuse for any restrictions or prohibitions from poker rooms. Fish or recreational players lose their deposits too quickly to multi-tablers. Regulars withdraw money, and do not grind it into rake. Reducing the number of multi-site players - weak players "live" longer at the tables, the management of the poker rooms is satisfied.
  • Friendly atmosphere. Weak players come to poker to relax and enjoy the game. One of the elements of such leisure is communication with your rivals. A regular playing 10+ tables at the same time is not interested in socializing or entertaining recreational players. He does not answer in the chat, does not throw tomatoes, does not lose his composure. In the eyes of a common man in the street, he is indistinguishable from a car. Therefore, many recreational players have a suspicion that they aren’t playing with a person at all. It strains him, he leaves and never returns. Sometimes he also shares his disappointment with friends, on a blog or social networks. This ruins the reputation of the poker room and the entire online poker. Potentially rejects new players from deposits.
  • Game acceleration. Sometimes it takes some thought to make a good decision at 1 table. The thought process takes some time. Difficult situations require activating additional time in the form of a time bank. What if such a decision needs to be made at 6 tables? And for 12? Multi-tabling slows down the game and irritates opponents. Recreational players are especially painful for delays. It was the increase in the speed of the game that PokerStars management used to justify its limitations.
  • Poker bots. Over the past decade, online poker has gone through a stage of denial, and finally accepted the fact that bots exist and take money from players. If earlier the players self-confidently declared that the bot could not compete with a person in a game with incomplete information, now there are no such conversations anymore. Now the priority is to fight against fraudsters using poker bots. Limiting multi-tabling is one option to reduce AI damage. And given the high cost of creating a strong poker bot, some of the developers will simply abandon this idea at the planning stage.
  • Return of poker to its roots. In recent years, powerful computers have become more affordable. As a result, poker has become a competition for statistical programs, advanced HUDs and solvers. The poker professional has ceased to be a subtle psychologist and started to analyze numbers. No observation of opponents and study of his tendencies - we look at the pop-up and instantly make a decision. Poker is less and less like a card game and more and more like an cybersport discipline.
  • Mobile devices. One of the main trends in online poker over the past 5 years has been the promotion of the game on mobile devices. Almost all serious rooms have already launched mobile applications of their platforms a long time ago. Special attention is paid to their development. For mobile poker, multi-tabling is an obvious evil: they slow down the game and reduce the dynamics. Therefore, the limit on the number of windows for a simultaneous game is a logical step from the management of poker rooms.

Over the past couple of years, new modern mobile applications have been released by 888 Poker and Party poker.

There are reasons for refusing to play at 10+ tables and among the professional players themselves:

  • The level of the game. Competition in online poker is getting higher every year and the profitability of multi-tabling is decreasing. And very few are capable of showing a good level and taking into account all the nuances while playing at many tables. Reducing the number of tables to improve the quality of the game is a logical step for the regulars.
  • Cutting rakeback. A direct consequence of Black Friday for poker is a drop in rakeback. The most striking example is the abandonment of the previous loyalty program at PokerStars. If earlier the status of "Supernova Elite" was the holy grail for grinders and for the sake of obtaining it people rolled out frantic distances for months, then the current "Stars Rewards" causes only irritation and ridicule. The previous 60% rakeback has been replaced by a ridiculous 1-3%. Similar changes have taken place in many other poker rooms. For many players, multi-tabling has become meaningless. Some of the players ended their careers, the majority shifted their attention to quality.

Which poker rooms have a limit on the number of tables?

Poker rooms have different views on the limitations of multi-tabling. The harshest approach is taken by the most popular rooms like PokerStars and GGPoker.

Pokerstars

Cash. The leading poker room set a limit of 4 cash tables back in August 2019. The same restriction is also at the fast poker tables - in Zoom. PokerStars does not prohibit the opening of both cash tables and Zoom. They are not mutually exclusive - a total of 8 tables are available to you.

The combination of Cash tables and Zoom will relieve boredom at 4 tables.

Tournaments. There is no limit for MTT and Sit & Go. You can play an unlimited number of tournaments (including Spin & Go).

Mobile devices. The number of tables for a simultaneous game depends on the type of device:

  • on iPod Touch and smartphones with Android operating system, you can open up to 4 tables;
  • on Android tablets, iPhones and iPads there is a limit of 5 tables.

The restriction for cash tables also applies to mobile devices. If your device supports 5 tables, then you have the option to open 4 cash windows and 1 other format.

GGPoker

It took just a month for the Good Game poker network (GGPokerOK, BetKings) to follow in the footsteps of PokerStars: as of October 1, 2019, the conditions there are even harsher than the competition.

Cash. All the same 4 cash tables are available for players to play simultaneously. However, GGPoker has gone even further - unlike PokerStars, you will not be able to open additional fast poker tables. You will have to choose: either 4 Rush & Cash tables, or 4 cash tables.

Tournaments. Tournament poker has not been restricted.

Mobile devices. Players can play simultaneously on 4 tables. Regardless of the type of your device and operating system.

PaiWangLuo (Bodog)

But in the PaiWangLuo network (Bovada Poker, Ignition Poker or Bodog Poker), famous for its total anonymity and accessibility for American players, strict restrictions on multi-tabling have been in effect for a long time.

Cash. No more than 4 regular cash game tables. No more than 2 tables in a local variety of fast poker called "Zone Poker".

Bodog Poker Network is not the best choice for multi-tabling players, but there are players from the USA.

Tournaments. Neither MTT nor Sit & Go prohibits multi-tabling.

Mobile devices. There is no separate application for playing in poker rooms of the PaiWangLuo network. To play from your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone, you need to go to the official website of the poker room and play in a browser. An alternative option is to scan the QR code. You cannot play multiple tables from a mobile device. Only cash and Zone Poker are available to play.

iPoker Network

The iPoker network (Red Star Poker, Guts Poker, NordicBet, Betsafe and Betsson) continues to be friendly towards multi-tabling and does not impose severe restrictions.

Cash. You can open up to 16 tables at the same time. The same limit applies to Speed ​​Poker.

The poker network ipoker is the most suitable option for multi-tablers - you can open a lot of tables, and poker trackers are also allowed.

Tournaments. MTT and Sit & Go have an even more loyal attitude towards multi-tabling - you can register for more tournaments than 16. There is a caveat - the iPoker poker client will not let you open more than 16 tables at a time on your screen.

Mobile devices. Not all poker rooms from the iPoker Network have mobile applications. Some of the rooms still support the game on smartphones and tablets exclusively in the browser. There are no specific restrictions for multi-tabling from mobile devices. It all depends on the power of your hardware.

888Poker

888Poker was ahead of its time and limited multi-tabling even before it became fashionable. For a long time, the "eights" were the only major poker room in which the limitations were really felt.

Cash: In the 888 poker client, you cannot open more than 6 cash windows. The same restriction applies to local fast poker "SNAP". PokerStars' approach to combining regular and fast tables does not work here either: in any combination of disciplines, you will not open more than 6.

The 888 Poker client update made the room more convenient for multi-tabling.

Tournaments: For MTT and Sit & Go (including Blast) there is a slightly less strict limit of 8 tables.

Mobile devices. At the end of 2020, 888Poker finally released a new app for smartphones and tablets. The previous version of the software has long caused only complaints from the players.In the new application, players have the ability to multi-tabling and access to all disciplines as in the desktop application.

The 888 Poker mobile client looks great.

Now you can play up to 4 tables simultaneously. And not only the cash, as it was before.

Partypoker

Partypoker and other poker rooms of the Party Gaming network (Bwin Poker and Coral Poker) are friendly to multi-tabling. The Diamond Club loyalty program alone is worth a lot, because according to its conditions it repeats the legendary Supernova Elite with its 60% rakeback and a bunch of other bonuses. It would be foolish to encourage players to get the highest status and at the same time limit their grind, but Partypoker did not take this path.

With due diligence on Party poker, you can get 60% cashback.

Cash. You can play 16 regular tables at the same time. In fast poker, there is a limit of no more than 4 windows. If you want to play in parallel with regular cash tables and Fast Forward, then use the 12 + 4 formula.

Tournaments: MTT and Sit & Go (including Spins) are subject to the same 16-window limit.

Mobile devices. In 2020, Partypoker has been actively working on updating its mobile app. Finally, they added the possibility to multi-table up to 4 tables. Previously, it was impossible to play several tables at the same time, and the list of available disciplines was limited only by cash. Now you can play 2 Spins tables, 1 regular and 1 Fast Forward at the same time without any problems.

Unibet

Unibet has long relied on recreational players and is anti-regular. Unibet Poker was the first room that banned trackers. But the restrictions for multi-tabling are not very strict here, although slightly confusing.

Cash. At NL4 and NL10, you can open no more than 8 windows for each limit. In total, you can play at 16 tables. All other stakes are limited to 10 tables. The special Banzai format is limited to 2 windows. At Fast Poker, up to 4 tables are allowed to open at the same time.

Tournaments: The 10-table limit is also relevant for MTT \ Sit & Go at Unibet Poker.

Mobile devices. There is still no separate application for smartphones and tablets on UP. The only available option is to play in the browser. You can open up to 6 tables at the same time.

Winning Poker Network

Winning Poker Network (PokerKing, Black Chip Poker, Americas Cardroom) would be the winner in determining the most multi-tabling-friendly poker network. Here are the most "delicious" rake races for real grinders, and the maximum available number of tables for simultaneous play.

Winning Poker Network is made for real grinders!

Cash. You can open up to 24 windows. This is a record number for online poker. Winning Poker does not codify its fast poker, therefore there are no additional conditions for "Blitz Poker".

Tournaments: The same 24 tables are available to you.

Mobile devices. There is no separate mobile application for rooms from the Winning Poker Network. Instead, they suggest using the browser play option. Through your browser, you will only have access to Blitz Poker, the local Spin & Go counterpart JackPot Poker, and satellites to the network's annual flagship tournament, the Venom. No more than 4 tables at a time.

Chico Poker Network

Chico Poker Network is often chosen as an additional place to play poker. The good thing about TigerGaming, BetOnline и SportsBetting is that there is a lot of play at low and medium limits.

Chico Poker is a reserve airfield for any regular of the Full Ring tables.

An additional incentive for players is the high traffic at 9-max tables. Chico Poker's Full Ring tables are second only to PokerStars.

Cash. The maximum number of tables for a simultaneous game is 8. There are no separate restrictions for fast poker ("Boost").

Tournaments: There is no table limit in MTT and Sit & Go.

Mobile devices. Chico Poker Network rooms do not have their own application. The game is available in the browser. You can open up to 4 tables of any format.

And this is how the pivot table for multi-tabling in different poker rooms looks like:

Poker Network (Room)

Max number of cash-tables

Max number of fast poker tables

Max number of tables on mobile devices

Helping software for multi-tabling

PokerStars

4

4

Smartphone - 4,

Tablet - 5

StarsCaption

GGPoker

4

4

4

-

PaiWangLuo (Bodog)

4

2

1

-

iPoker Network

16

16

16

iPoker Tools

888Poker

6

6

4

888Caption

Partypoker

16

4

4

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Unibet

NL4-NL10 - 8,

another

stakes - 10.

4

6

-

Winning Poker Network

24

24

4

WPN Tools Lite

Chico Poker Network

8

8

4

-