So, I recently moved from playing 6-8 online cash tables to 12. Its been a bit of a learning process, but I know that its certainly possible to do, seeing as though Hevad Khan can play 26 tables at once. He actually made this video just to prove to people that he wasnt a bot program. I mean, its possible hes still an android like Data from Star Trek, but at least he looks like a human being. Khan not only dominates online, but live as well, where he finished 6th in the WSOP Main Event, a field of over 6,000 of the world's best players.
The other player who has totally mastered multitabling is Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, who routinely plays 24 tables of cash online at pokerstars and was the first player ever to reach coveted "Supernova Elite" - an accomplishment so immense many players doubted it could ever be done. It required playing 20+ tables of poker for several hours per day, for a year straight: 1,000,000 FPPs (Pokerstars points) in a calendar year. Now, the site pays him to play in the form of a ridiculous 400% rakeback deal, pays entries for him into several major tournaments, and a complete sponsorship/marketing deal. He also won several large sidebets on who the first player to reach Supernova status would be.
Whats most interesting about these two multitabling experts is their background: both came to the world of online poker from the world of online videogames. In particular, Starcraft. Hevad Khan was a member of Team USA in several international Starcraft events, and Elky is still considered one of the top 20 players in the world - he even moved to South Korea for a few years to persue his pro Starcraft career before taking up poker full time. Something about making fast, efficient decisions that lends itself to both high level RTS play and multitabling online poker. I dont think I will ever earn a millions FPPs or make the final table of the WSOP, but if I can learn to play 12 tables while getting rakeback without going busto, Ill be a very happy man. Maybe it will even help me not get totally pwned when Starcraft 2 finally comes out later this year.