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Balance Management

Your bankroll is the money you use to play poker. How you manage it, can be the difference between winning and losing.

Your bankroll is like a household budget, you don't want to risk losing all your cash at once. Use your bankroll as an indicator of the level at which you should be playing, and when to move up or down. It is as important as knowing when to raise and when to fold.

Our bankroll strategy is designed to help you whether you're a beginner or a pro.

Counting your buy-ins

When playing No Limit Hold'em, you need to be aware of how many big blinds you have available. At any time you should have at least 50 times the big blind in the game you are playing. If you buy-in to a No Limit 10c game where the blinds are $0.05/$0.10, the minimum you should sit down with at the table is $5.00 - this is 50 times the big blind.

Your bankroll for playing at this level should be $100-$150, which is the same as 20-30 buy-ins.

If you are a new poker player we suggest you start at this level with a bank roll of $200. This will give you a more sustainable bankroll in the long run. We have outlined a step-by-step map for you to follow.


1. Play No-Limit $0.05/$0.10

Buy-in = $5
Bankroll = $150
Move to Stage 2 with $300 or over.

2. Play No-Limit $0.10/$0.20

Buy-in = $10
Bankroll = $300
Move to Stage 1 with $150
Move to Stage 3 with $750 or over.

3. Play No-Limit $0.25/$0.50

Buy-in = $25
Bankroll = $750
Move to Stage 2 with $300
Move to Stage 4 with $1,650 or over.

4. Play No-Limit $0.50/$1

Buy-in = $55
Bankroll = $1,650
Move to Stage 3 with $750
Otherwise you are on your own.
Remember to always calculate what you need to move up.

New players:

  • Decide on how much money you are willing to put into your bankroll.
  • Improve your poker skills by playing poker and reading poker articles.
  • Use this strategy to move up levels.

Existing customers:

  • Calculate if you are playing at the correct level according to your bankroll.
  • Use your bankroll or top up if needed.
  • Improve your poker skills - playing, reading poker articles and tips.
  • Use this strategy to move up levels.

Moving up and moving down

When you move up a level you will be playing against more skilful players. This means that the games will be tougher, so be prepared to move down when you need to.

Indicators that your skill level has improved

  • You have become a proven winner for a reasonable length of time.
  • You become better at reading other players and start to notice errors in their play.
  • You find you are playing in games that suit your bankroll.

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