Having a good computer setup for online poker is crucial. You can get away with playing poker on nearly any computer, but a good setup will increase your comfort, productivity, ROI, and not to mention, style. Here’s a few tips on what to look for when setting up your computer for serious poker play.
When you’re playing online poker, you need to make sure your computer is running fast and smooth. There’s nothing worse then losing a $1,000 pot because the software froze and you couldn’t click the call button with your nut flush. You need a computer that can handle multi-tabling, playing on multiple sites at once, running poker tracker with PokerAce Hud, and other applications at the same time without any lag.
Most new computers are set to a standard that would be able to handle this, so if you’re buying a new computer it’s pretty much up to you. However, this being a Mac poker site and all, i’d have to suggest the MacBook Pro. It’s portable, powerful, has a high resolution monitor, can run both windows and OS X, and it’s competitively priced to similar PC laptops.
A dual monitor setup is a must for serious online poker players. The extra screen real estate will give you a lot more room to get your poker software organized and increase your ROI while playing.
Usually players have 4 poker tables running on one monitor, while putting the lobbies and poker tracker on the other. Some of the more advanced multi-tablers will run 8 tables across the two monitors and make back the cost of the monitor in no time.
I’d recommend any LCD monitor with a 1600×1200 resolution or higher, so you can run four poker tables without any overlap. The Dell monitors are really peopular among poker players.
The computer chair
A high-end computer chair is one of the best investments you can make as an online poker pro. If you’re sitting in front of a computer for 40 hours a week, you should do it in a comfortable ergonomic chair, not a cheap office chair from staples that hurts to sit on and kills your back.
Hands down, the most popular computer chair for computer professionals is the Herman Miller Aeron chair. It’s ergonomically designed to give you superior support and comfort. It has an adjustable tilt that allows you to lean forward and back while supporting your posture and a mesh style fabric to keep your butt cool during those long summer sessions.
The Aeron chair costs about $650. It’s a big price tag for a computer chair, but your back will thank you.
The mouse is usually an after thought to your computer set up, but there are a few things to be said about it.
First of all, don’t get a wireless mouse. It’s not worth it. You need to make sure the batteries are charged all the time, they’re heavier then the corded versions, and you need to have a wireless receiver plugged into your computer, which gets in the way more then a cord.
I recommend the logitech MX 518 gaming-grade mouse for $50. It’s ergonomically contoured to the shape of your hand for comfort and control, it’s precise and allows you to change the tracking speed on the fly, and it has multiple buttons that you can program to do common online poker tasks, like betting or folding.
Stylish Poker Setups
Here’s a few really nice online poker setups. If you want to post yours, you can leave a comment with a link to your computer setup.
The Rapdurrrr house
This photo was taken shortly after rapter517 and Durrrr bought a house with their online poker winnings. They have since bought real desks and chairs. Durrrr (on the right) is most likely six-tabling $40,000 NL holdem and PLO tables in this picture.
Tillerman’s old poker setup
Tillerman is a professional gamer and poker player. You can find him multi-tabling the high stakes NL games on pokerstars.
Tillerman’s new poker setup
This is a photo from Tillerman’s new house. I hear that his poker winnings paid for it.
My online poker setup
This is where I play poker and work on this website. I’m running a 17″ Macbook pro, a Dell 2004fp monitor, and a logitech mouse that sits on an icemat mouse pad.