How to Set-Up Multiple Monitors

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With multitabling being a vital part of every online poker player’s game, having the ideal set up can truly boost your EV.  The question is do you want one 42″  screen, two 28″ screens, or six 20″ screens?  This question can be answered in two ways.  The most important being what you feel most comfortable with.  Henry Ford once said, “A man outside his comfort zone will never reach full productivity.”  Ford had a valid point, if you are uncomfortable turning your head a lot, then a single bigger screen would benefit you.

But science does matter according to Computer Weekly, it is proven that three monitors is the most efficient for workers.  With two screens you focus too much on the crack in between and do not have the middle ground.  With three monitors you have a primary screen and two secondary screens.  It was proved that you can improve productivity to up to 35% with three monitors.  Just having three monitors won’t improve your game to begin with, but over time it will be one less thing to worry about.

How to Set-Up Multiple Monitors:

  1. First, Video Card. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to be capable of at least dual monitors.
    • For a dual monitor set-up: If your like me, and don’t do any gaming other than poker, than you want something that’s effective and inexpensive.  The Value Bet: MSI Radeon HD 4350 for under $40.
    • For 3+ monitors: Because most video cards only support two displays, you’ll need a USB to VGA adapter.
      • Or better yet, a video card with “Eyefinity” technology. The Value Bet: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670
      • The Radeon 5670 has support for up to three monitors, if you’re looking for more check out the Diamond ATI Radeon HD5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition, it’s the best value with support for up to six monitors.
      • Please note that you may need additional DisplayPort adapters or monitors with DisplayPort built-in.

  2. Monitor. You can have a 55″ display, but if you can’t support higher than a 720 resolution, you won’t be able to tile 6-tables comfortably. Thus the most important aspect when purchasing a monitor as it pertains to poker, is its resolution. For those who tile tables, we’ve compiled a list to help you with identifying which set-up is best for you. The numbers are formatted as such (x-y-z) where x = single monitor, y = dual monitors, and z = 3 monitors:
    • 4-8-12 tables: You can tile 4 comfortably over a single monitor with 1600 x 900 resolution. Generally monitors with this resolution are about 20″.
    • 6-12-18 tables: This is where most poker players fall. And consequently, most players have at least dual monitor set-up with at least 1080p resolution. Most monitors this resolution are about 24″. A ton of HDTV’s also have 1080p support.
    • 9-18-27 tables:  You can tile 9-tables over a 1920 x 1200 resolution. Monitors with this resolution are generally about 28″.
  3. Configuration – Make sure everything is connected properly, then go into your display settings and activate your extra monitors if they haven’t automatically.

Ford said, if you are uncomfortable with your set up, you will never reach your full potential.  While multiple monitors may seem expensive at first, they are absolutely +EV in the long run. Good luck at the tables, and post if you have any questions!

By: Matthew Meeker

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