I don't have big monitors and only play on my laptop. I always feel that I am limited in the number of tables I can play at once, as I struggle when tables overlap, on screen.
I've always found this to be a bit annoying. I can understand that the online sites want their tables to look like those in a casino, to attract recreational players.
Do you think that there would be value for sites to offer a 'minimal mode', that allowed players to play on tables that looked something like this?...
Sorry it's a little crude and I think a better designer could actually use the space better and create an even smaller table that was far more playable. To be honest, my table design hasn't really changed anything, apart from reducing some wasted space. Perhaps, a more creative mind than mine could come up with something that did not even look like a poker table at all, yet all the options and information were still there?
I know that this would cause massive problems for HUD developers. I don't use HUDs, personally (just one of many reasons why I am a losing player!), but I guess that a lot of the HUD users will have at least one 30" monitor anyway and have no problem playing 12-16 tables?
It seems dumb though that nearly every table available in online poker takes up at least 20% of the screen space on a 15" laptop, running on max resolution.