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Free Poker bankroll management Guide for Beginners



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So you've deposited your $25, $50, $100, etc... and you want to know what you should be playing first. I like to break this down into two categories of poker players:

A. One-time depositers - This is your only shot, if you lose your bankroll you are done, this includes No Deposit Poker Players.

B. Multiple depositers - If you lose your initial investment, you can reload your account.

It's necessary to figure out which player you will be because this does affect your bankroll management. Those in Group A will have to be much more conservative with their bankroll than those in Group B.

Believe it or not, over 90% of players who deposit money onto a poker site do not make money, they eventually lose their initial stake. I can tell you that out of these players, about 0% of them practiced proper bankroll management. Please do not be THAT guy who complains about bad beats at $100NL and busting his roll because that's all he had.

So what are the requirements for Group A? Here is a pretty basic template.

Bankroll Management Guide for No Limit Hold'em

1. You must have AT LEAST 2500 Big Blinds (25 full 100bb buy-ins) to play regularly at any given level.

2. You are allowed to try the next level ("take a shot") once you have 2000 Big Blinds (20 full 100bb buy-ins) for that level.

3. If you take a shot and are unsuccessful you must return to your lower level when you have 3000 Big Blinds for the lower level (30 full 100bb buy-ins).

4. If you ever drop below 1500 Big Blinds for you regular level you must drop down to the level below you.

Bankroll Management Guide for Limit Hold'em - Full Ring

1. You must carry 300 Big Bets (2x the Big Blind) for your regular level.

2. To take a shot at the next level you must have at least 200 Big Bets for that level.

3. You must move down once you have lost 50 Big Bets during your "shot".

4. You must move to the level below you if you fall under 200 Big Bets for your regular level.

Bankroll Management Guide for Limit Hold'em - 6-max

1. You must carry 600 Big Bets (2x the Big Blind) for your regular level.

2. To take a shot at the next level you must have at least 400 Big Bets for that level.

3. You must move down once you have lost 100 Big Bets during your "shot".

4. You must move to the level below you if you fall under 400 Big Bets for your regular level.

Bankroll Management Guide for Sit 'N Goes (SNGs)

1. You must carry 45 buyins for your regular level.

2. To take a shot at the next level, you must have at least 30 buyins for that level.

3. You must move down once you have lost 10 buyins during your "shot".

4. You must move to the level below you if you fall under 45 buyins for your regular level.

Bankroll Managment Guide for Online Poker Tournaments (MTTs)

1. You must carry 100 buyins for your regular level.

2. To take a shot at the next level, you must have at least 75 buyins for that level.

3. You must move down once you have lost 15 buyins during your "shot".

4. You must move to the level below you if you fall under 100 buyins for your regular level.

If you follow this BR management template you will never go broke, that is my promise to you. If you tilt, chase losses, move up too quickly your chances of going broke rapidly increase. Poker is a long-term game, take your time and you will get to where you want to be. We are not here for tomorrow, we're here forever.

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