This new free online poker training lesson looks at how you should approach bankroll management when you play poker online for real cash rather than free poker online tournaments and ring games.
Of course the principles also apply to free online poker and I advise that all new players should play at NopayPOKER as it is an ideal place to practice your game and bankroll management, however the focus of this how to play poker lesson is money games where your skill in bankroll management is the largest single factor in deciding if you are profitable or bankrupt.
Some basics first. A bankroll is your total funds into a poker account. It’s a fact of poker that now and again you will suffer a series of bad beats, therefore you need to have a bankroll that is big enough, in relative terms to the games you play to keep you afloat and able to play when you get hit by a run of bead beats. The key is to be realistic with the amount that you can bring on a table per game. Do not play beyond your means because it is the best method of accumulating frustration and lose even more.
Bankroll Goals and objectives
Growing your bankroll is your main objective. Yet, in their impatience to achieve this, many players make the error of entering poker tournaments they cannot afford to lose at. The prize money in the multi-table tournaments are often very interesting. If we win, our bankroll rises dramatically but this is rarely the case. You will lose all your bankroll in a short period of time if you don’t follow the rules. Then, with no money you will be stuck doing very small freerolls in order to get back again and that is a long and boring road.
It is recommended to bring only 5% or less of your total bankroll on Cash Game tables and around 2% Buy In or less for tournaments (Sit n Go and Multi-table). When you stick to these percentage rules, as long as you play a solid game your bankroll will increase slowly but steadily. The mistake many make is to try and go too far too fast by risking too much of a percentage, they lose (which is more often than not in poker) and the bankroll gets cleaned out before it can be replenished.
It is impossible to win every time. As a rule when things are going badly it’s good to stop playing for an hour and do something else. When you will return, the game may be in your favor. Focus on leaving negativity aside, anger or frustration in poker games is a sure way to lose it all. Opponents can spot this sort of weakness like sharks smelling blood and will not be slow to take advantage you.
The main game many play is the Cash table. They can be long duration and boring at times and you will find all styles of player in them. You need to know how to adapt to each type of players in order to win as frequently as possible. Overall cash games will pay you more money in the long term than tournaments. The key to them is not winning big but winning often.
Even if the gains are large or small, what matters is to leave the table with a profit. In cash games you will find that your funds go up and down slowly so it is essential to be disciplined. Never bring more than 5% of your funds on a table. If you are playing 2 tables then assign only 2.5% per table. Playing on more than 2 table is not recommended because you will start to play your cards without real focus on the game of your opponents.
Sit n Go:
Sit n go’s (SNGs) can be good earners when you play the right type. Find tournaments where there are large stacks and the play is normal speed, by this I mean Blinds increase every ten minutes or so. Such tournaments will let you see more pre-flop meaning you can play only the better hands. In games like Turbo’s where the Blinds go up fast luck becomes a bigger factor more than strategy and relying on luck means you are gambling and gambling is not good business. If you play with luck then you may as well just play roulette.
Multi-table tournaments are tournaments which look attractive but where a lot of players go away without a profit. Luck can sometimes give you a good profit but it is not something to rely on as this type of tournament can really hammer your bankroll quickly. The variance (or probability range swings) in MTTs is simply too high and my advice is to avoid them. Maybe play them every now and then if you feel luck is with you but just for fun with a little bit, perhaps 1%.
The most important rule should be to have fun. Poker is largely a game of luck blended with probability, there is nothing secured. If you have no fun, you better stop for a moment, your cash will not run away. It is best to reload emotionally before reloading monetarily.
And rehearse your bankroll management on free poker sites such as NoPayPOKER.com and benefit from all the free online poker training we offer you will find there, this can help your greatly when you are playing for real money.
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