Bankroll Management

How to build a Texas Hold'em poker bankroll fast

In this article I'm going to show you how to build a huge online poker bankroll from little to no investment, playing Texas Hold'em. The more money you have to start, the easier this is going to be but I will show you exactly how to make thousands from nothing, using good bankroll management and not too much risk taking.

Why is bankroll management important?

The reason that bankroll management is so vital to playing good poker is because poker is a horrible short term game. Poker is a game of swings, meaning you can feel as if you're totally crushing it one day and then another day it seems as if you can't win a single hand.

Texas Hold'em poker is one huge game of positive long term investments, it's a business and should be treated as such. You will have losing days in poker, even if you play well, it's a statistical certainty. If your bankroll is so small that a losing day really effects your ability to play then you're often playing too high above your bankroll and this is where money management is so important.

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How big should my poker bankroll be to start?

There are a few things to take into consideration:

  • Are you playing for fun or for a living?
  • Playing Texas Hold'em for fun at the lower stakes then I think anywhere from 15 - 30 buy ins for a game is fine (more is clearly better). The main thing with regards to good bankroll management is having the discipline to move back down in stakes when your plan determines it.

    If you're wanting to play Texas Hold'em for a living then I prefer more like 50-100 buy ins and the main reason for this is that I like to have a much bigger cushion to allow for longer stretches of variance as well as the fact that I wouldn't want to keep having to move down in stakes so frequently.

  • What buy in level are you playing?
  • You will very often find that the lower stakes are much easier than the higher stake games due to the skill level of players improving as you move up in stakes. It's for this reason that you can be a bit more liberal with your shot taking early on but should likely tighten up your bankroll requirements as you move up.

  • How badly do you tilt?
  • For some players, losing a few buy ins is no big deal (if they felt they played well) but for others it can be like a red rag to a bull which sends them off on a self destruct course.

    I find that there is a direct correlation between small bankroll and tilting. It feels as if every buy in that you lose takes you one step closer to going bust and that fear manifests into anger.

    If you have a huge bankroll (and let's just go over the top for examples sake) of let's say 1000 buy ins (so $5000 at the $5 games) and you loose three buy ins, it's not likely to bother you anywhere near as much as if you have a ten buy in bankroll ($1000 for $100 games) and lose a few games in a row.

    Do free poker bankrolls really exist and if so why?

    Yes free poker bankrolls really do exist. The reason that some poker sites give away free poker money no deposit needed is because online poker is huge money and every online poker rooms is trying to entice players to come and play at their room and so this is one of the many promotions that can be found.

    If you would like to get your hands on a free poker bankroll then read more about how to do it here.

    What else do I need to build a poker bankroll fast?

    You need to actually learn how to play poker well so we have our best resources here:

    The beginners guide to beating heads up poker.

    Tagpoker's free poker training videos

    Brokerstar's full heads up sit and go poker course

    6 Max Cash Training

    Tagpoker students forum

    Finally I have a diagram that will show you what good bankroll management looks like.

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