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Bankroll Management when Playing Texas Holdem Poker: How Much Do I Need?


Because most of us simply do not have unlimited fund for play, and possibly lose, at the Holdem tables or any other gaming table, we must practice bankroll management. You probably have numerous questions about bankroll management in Holdem poker such as how much you should have in order to begin playing, strategies to determine your bankroll and the games you should place, how to use poker room bonus programs to build your bankroll and how to play in limit versus no limit games.

Let's look at these questions and concerns one at a time. We will begin by studying how much your starting bankroll should total and which games you should choose to start.

A beginning bankroll should contain only those funds which are in your discretionary budget for entertainment. Never short your utility or home payments to build your bankroll to a large figure. There are no guarantees that any portion of your bankroll will return with you from the gaming tables. Sure, you could win big and double or triple your starting bankroll, but never count on gambling winnings as a source of income to pay your bills. It just isn't smart playing strategy if you take any part of your crucial expense budget with which to wager.

Plan in your budget an amount of discretionary income earmarked as "gambling entertainment funds". These monies, no matter how large or small the sum that goes into this category, should be used only for your wagering purposes. If you win and add to the funds, your bankroll will last longer, perhaps growing sufficiently to add to next month's budgeted bankroll. Or you can choose to keep your winnings in a difference fund to save for a purchase for you and your family.

The size of your beginning bankroll should be based on the games your select. If you are happy playing at $1/$2 limit Holdem tables, you can easily play with only $10 per hand. But if you want to get involved with $10/$20 games, you'll need a much larger bankroll. Ideally, begin with a bankroll of $200 or more so you can play a while in the low limit games, and a bankroll of $600 or more if you like the high limit games. If you are a novice, the low limit games are the tables on which to practice and develop your skills.

Most online casinos offer a sign-up bonus program as well as rewards for repeat deposits to your players account or for referring a friend to signup and make a deposit. While these bonuses are great and can be used for actual play, be sure to read the terms and conditions to learn any restrictions placed on these bonuses such as withdrawal limitations when using these funds. Prepare to adhere to any special terms placed on your player bonuses. These funds can be used to build your bankroll and increase your playing funds.

Every player that is not in the advanced skill category should stick to limit games, going no further than pot limit games. The bets can rise to a level that is just too expensive for a less-than-expert Holdem player in the no limit games where any bet is acceptable. Unless you have unlimited wealth, betting $200 or more in a single bet just doesn't make sense until you know every technique and trick to use to help you win. Don't lose your shirt by betting outside your budget. Low limit games are just as much fun as no limit, inexpensive games. The thrill of winning the pot is just as big even if the amount of chips is smaller than in the big games.

Remember to always gamble responsibly. Part of gambling responsibly means that you determine how much you can easily afford to lose in the event you don't have a lucky gaming session and stick with that bankroll, never going back for more funds. Don't let the excitement of the game entice you to do something that isn't smart and is potentially financially dangerous. This will let you keep the fun of the game going with none of the stress that players who don't follow the bankroll suggestions experience all too often.

Because most of us simply do not have unlimited fund for play, and possibly lose, at the Holdem tables or any other gaming table, we must practice bankroll management. You probably have numerous questions about bankroll management in Holdem poker such as how much you should have in order to begin playing, strategies to determine your bankroll and the games you should place, how to use poker room bonus programs to build your bankroll and how to play in limit versus no limit games.

Let's look at these questions and concerns one at a time. We will begin by studying how much your starting bankroll should total and which games you should choose to start.

A beginning bankroll should contain only those funds which are in your discretionary budget for entertainment. Never short your utility or home payments to build your bankroll to a large figure. There are no guarantees that any portion of your bankroll will return with you from the gaming tables. Sure, you could win big and double or triple your starting bankroll, but never count on gambling winnings as a source of income to pay your bills. It just isn't smart playing strategy if you take any part of your crucial expense budget with which to wager.

Plan in your budget an amount of discretionary income earmarked as "gambling entertainment funds". These monies, no matter how large or small the sum that goes into this category, should be used only for your wagering purposes. If you win and add to the funds, your bankroll will last longer, perhaps growing sufficiently to add to next month's budgeted bankroll. Or you can choose to keep your winnings in a difference fund to save for a purchase for you and your family.

The size of your beginning bankroll should be based on the games your select. If you are happy playing at $1/$2 limit Holdem tables, you can easily play with only $10 per hand. But if you want to get involved with $10/$20 games, you'll need a much larger bankroll. Ideally, begin with a bankroll of $200 or more so you can play a while in the low limit games, and a bankroll of $600 or more if you like the high limit games. If you are a novice, the low limit games are the tables on which to practice and develop your skills.

Most online casinos offer a sign-up bonus program as well as rewards for repeat deposits to your players account or for referring a friend to signup and make a deposit. While these bonuses are great and can be used for actual play, be sure to read the terms and conditions to learn any restrictions placed on these bonuses such as withdrawal limitations when using these funds. Prepare to adhere to any special terms placed on your player bonuses. These funds can be used to build your bankroll and increase your playing funds.

Every player that is not in the advanced skill category should stick to limit games, going no further than pot limit games. The bets can rise to a level that is just too expensive for a less-than-expert Holdem player in the no limit games where any bet is acceptable. Unless you have unlimited wealth, betting $200 or more in a single bet just doesn't make sense until you know every technique and trick to use to help you win. Don't lose your shirt by betting outside your budget. Low limit games are just as much fun as no limit, inexpensive games. The thrill of winning the pot is just as big even if the amount of chips is smaller than in the big games.

Remember to always gamble responsibly. Part of gambling responsibly means that you determine how much you can easily afford to lose in the event you don't have a lucky gaming session and stick with that bankroll, never going back for more funds. Don't let the excitement of the game entice you to do something that isn't smart and is potentially financially dangerous. This will let you keep the fun of the game going with none of the stress that players who don't follow the bankroll suggestions experience all too often.

Submitted by:

P D Laughlin

PD Laughlin is a successful Webmaster and publisher of Learn-Texas-Holdem-Strategies.com. He provides free information on Poker Skills, Strategies and Systems on his website http://Learn-Texas-Holdem-Strategies.com.







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