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How To Run Up Your Bankroll

This is your beginner’s guide to running up your initial investment, so you don’t have to re-deposit. If you want to get serious with your game, then you’re going to need a big bankroll, lots of patience, and consistency to climb the ladder. If you never want to re-deposit as you learn to be a great poker player, keep working hard and learning new techniques like these to build your bankroll.

Game Selection

No matter what happens, don’t let yourself get tilted and start playing bigger than your bankroll will allow. If those shots go poorly, it’s a quick way to run out of money, tilting, or making poor decisions. Practice good bankroll management. When you’re on your A-Game or in a really good spot against a big fish, be a bit more aggressive. Just don’t make a habit of playing higher than you can afford.

If you’re playing on a limited bankroll, you want to avoid high variance situations, and the best way to do so is by avoiding aggressive games. Full-ring is a lower variance, softer game with lots of fish and some aggressive regulars. Try not to go up against regs too often; they’ll just 3-bet or strong-arm you off your hand because they’ve got a cushy bankroll to support their aggressive gameplay.

Play Freerolls, VIP Tournaments, Satellites

Take advantage of promotions, especially when you’re starting off. The easiest and safest way to build your bankroll is by playing freerolls and VIP tournaments. Freerolls and VIP tournaments are going to pay out large amounts relative to your bankroll – we’re talking doubling or tripling your bankroll. VIP tournaments offer bigger prize pools than freerolls where you earn points or accomplishments if you want to take a shot at free money. Satellites are soft games that get you playing in big tournaments for cheap, giving you have the opportunity to go on a nice run to build your stack. But, you shouldn’t just exclusively play promotions, schedule them in with your regular sessions.

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Don’t Be In A Rush To Move Up

Don’t be in a rush to move up; otherwise you’re bound to make some bad bankroll decisions. If you rush, you may not play within your limits, and if things go badly at your normal or a higher stake, many players will chase their losses. Being in a rush to move up is consistent with someone who needs to finish the session even or better. That’s a recipe for disaster. Building your bankroll is about having the right attitude, doing the right things, and at some point reaching your end goal.

Increase your earning power and your poker skill by reinvesting in yourself to sustain higher limits. It’s not just the size of your bankroll that determines how well you do in poker; it also comes down to skill. Learn how to win and to trust your intuition before you invest in software, so you don’t come to rely on it.

Invest In Yourself

Once you’ve won your first $100, invest in Hold ’em Manager and Pokertracker. These tools will help you track your results, learn to read your opponents and provide you with study material. For your initial build, whether you’re playing sit n’ go’s or microstakes cash games, at fewer than three tables a session, you shouldn’t rely on poker software. This is when you ought to take your own notes as poker software can be confusing. Prove to yourself you can beat the game unaided, then when the competition gets fierce invest in the software to supplement your game.

Once you get up to small-mid stakes, invest in poker training memberships to elevate your game. Memberships cost about $30/month, which means you need to be netting $150/month to make it worth the investment. What they offer is invaluable, training sites provide you access to forums and the opportunity to watch how people play first hand, giving you insight into how players think. Once you go beyond mid-stakes, to that higher level, what you need is one-on-one assistance. Personal coaching can help you breakthrough to be a top-notch player.

Stay Patient And You May Never Have To Re-Load

If you want to be one of the success stories, you need to be patient. Good things come to those who wait. If you’re antsy or overeager, you’re going to blast through your initial deposit instead of running up your first deposit into your lifetime bankroll – so be patient!

Growing your initial investment is all about being patient, working hard and being consistent – which is easier said than done. You may not have a surplus of zero’s in your bankroll overnight, but if you stick with these techniques, practice and never stop learning, your hard work will pay off in the long run.

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