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Playing poker more than one table simultaneously.
Taking into account that we shall play not more than 30% of deals on average, and even out of those in 50% of cases you will fold on the flop, not really much time is left for an active game. Surely, a good player will never consider free time wasted, he will gave it to watching his opponents, defining their style of playing a game, their advantages and vulnerabilities. All that is undoubtedly important in playing offline or at a high-limit game where even slightest detail is essential to a winning playing.
However, when playing a low-limit game, the level of opponents frequently is quite low to play artlessly and quite winningly. Furthermore, special programs may help player to get some information about opponents online, so that less time may be occupied by personal analysis. Consequently, if you are armed with relevant software assistants (read below) and play better than most of your opponents, you may try to play more that one table simultaneously.
Absolute majority of poker rooms allow opening several poker tables, but even if that prohibited, you may open several poker rooms. You may move between tables opened on a screen without overlapping.
It is understood that you should play on two tables if you are sure that you can win on one of the table paying less attention to it. If you can on two tables, you may add one more and so on. Sometimes on gambling forums you would meet most desperate gamblers who are able "to serve" up to eight tables. For sure it is too many. When you move to a large number of tables, you should expect some degradation of results because of lower concentration. Nevertheless, if on one table you win four bets, on two tables you will three bets per table and the total win will increase one and a half, so the game is worth the candle.
If you remember, disconnects in online casino are not dangerous as your bet is stored and you will be able to play it later. In poker room you are unable to play a deal later as you are not playing along. Therefore, there is created insider disconnect protection in online poker rooms. First of all, in the event of disconnect, the player, as a rule, is given some additional time to act. If disconnect during such period is not renewed, it is considered as the player goes all-in with the chips put into the pot by him. In this case the pot is divided in two parts: main pot is a pot that includes all chips put before disconnect (and before one player involuntary went all-in). The second part of the pot is a side pot that includes the chips put by other players upon equalising all-in bet. If a player with disconnect has the best combination, he receives the main pot, and the side pot goes to a player with the second best hand. Otherwise, the player with the best combination takes both pots.
Unfortunately, some players can pretend disconnects in dangerous for them situations trying to protect their investments into the pot. Most often such situation happens in no-limit poker. For example, you have the highest set on the flop, you raise the bets actively and have also the best combination on the turn, the pot is very high, but suddenly for the river you have the third or fourth community card, and your opponent goes all-in. The pot is huge and you must respond not less. What should you do? You do not want to risk large amount of money in order to check if your opponent has gathered a straight, however, it distresses you to give the hardly built pot. There is another way - to disconnect. In such a case you do not need to respond to the opponent's bet and if your combination is better, you will get the whole all-in. It is understood that such actions are unethical at least, and they are prohibited in all poker rooms. That is why the number of all-ins in disconnects is limited (usually from one a day to several a week). Players with often disconnects are being checked, and their actions become suspicious, such players may be deprived of disconnect protection at all. As the benefit of false disconnects in limit poker is much smaller, many poker rooms provide protection only on the limit or add special tables without protection on the no-limit and pot-limit. There is no disconnect protection in tournaments at all.
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