Fuel of Winning Poker
Money is the fuel of winning poker. No money, no poker. Playing poker without money? The game suddenly falls apart because nothing is at risk. Everyone bets at every card. No value, no risk. No risk, no game. Therefore you need money to play poker.
For playing poker, you need money, that is, bankroll. All medium and lower-limit poker players finally experience a time in their playing careers when they move up to play a higher limit. The smaller games are offering small, consistent wins. It follows then that a larger game would offer larger consistent wins. But before you move at higher limit, think twice.
Many medium and low-limit players never consider the question of bankroll. They sit down and play with the money they have in the purse. If it is enough for a buy-in, they play. Their “bankroll” is whatever cash they happen to be holding at the time. For many of these players, a loss breaks them and they can't play again until they acquire more money, probably by waiting until payday.
Medium and low-limit players are recreational players who win and sometimes lose in poker games . They try to stay about even or run little behind – nothing really severe or they couldn't continue playing. But they all roam over the poker room to a higher-limit game and think about walking over there to have a seat. This thought occurs to them when they are scored a great win.
What is bankroll? A bankroll is not the money you happen to have on you at the moment. A bankroll is the specific amount of money you have set aside in order to play the game of poker.
Why do you need bankroll? If you are playing with whatever money you happen to have with you, the first loss will send you right back to the lower limit, or even out of action completely. Therefore you should be prepared for a loss. That's why you need a bankroll.
Your bankroll is “where you go” to get back into action. If you are not in action, you cannot win. And if you don't have a bankroll, you cannot be in action.
How much money should you have in your bankroll? This is what you must be thinking. You should have as much as you can collect. The more you have in reverse, the more comfortable you will feel about playing at the higher limit. And if you are not comfortable, then it will be difficult for you to win.
Be comfortable when you sit down so that you could afford some short-term reverses.
When moving up to a higher limit avoid playing on a short bankroll
If you take few losses, you could be ruined. Feel at ease.
Consider these amounts as minimums for playing regularly at the particular limits. To play $1-$4 or $1-$5 you will want a bankroll of at least $1500 devoted completely to play poker and at $3-$6, $2000. In the $5-$10 limit games, devote $3000 before you sit down. At $10-$20 you will want $6000. Remember that these amounts are minimums and this money is exclusively for playing poker only.
From where do we get this bankroll? The best way to acquire it would be to save it out of winnings from the lower-limit games. There is nothing like playing on someone else's money.
This is one way to increase your poker skills and sharpen your play. Your wins are going toward a bankroll so that you move up in limits and develop a much bigger bankroll and then move up again.
Losing is futile: It doesn't matter
Winning is not generally a problem for a poker player. But losing can be a problem. You don't have to manage with winning, but you do have to manage with losing. Let's consider losing.
Losing is futile: It doesn't matter
Consider that you will play in only one poker game during your entire lifetime. The game of poker is always being played, somewhere. We can consider poker is a continuous game with no starting and ending point. There is no conclusion. Therefore, being ahead or behind for a particular session is of no real importance.
Poker is not like cricket where, when the game is completely over, there is a winner and a loser. Poker is more like comparing the third inning to the fourth inning. Let's take another example. It is like going for the pennant. In that case, you have to play something like 150 games. So if you win or lose the first few games, it's not conclusive. You still have other games to go. You don't have to win all the games. If you win somewhere around 100 you will be in the playoffs.
Your play is not based on winning every day but on winning in the long run.
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