The very aim of playing Texas hold’em is to keep on adding to your bankroll by constantly winning as many games as you can while also ensuring your losses if any, are minimal. If you manage to do this successfully then you will never have to borrow funds again! How cool is that!
Do you think your bankroll size matters?
The chief purpose of managing your bankroll is nothing but to ensure that you always have sufficient funds to keep playing the game you love so much, that is Texas Hold’em. This implies that your bankroll needs to be as big as to sustain you when the going gets rough and be able to comfortably meet your requirements in decent indulgences at this game. It is widely believed that an amount that is three hundred times the size of the biggest bet allowed at the level you play is an ideal bankroll sum to have.
This amount might look staggering at first glance but then as you gain more experience you will realize that you require as much for sustaining yourself through large streaks of losing, which can always be made up by similarly elongated winning streaks! Let us take an example here which might have been reproduced a number of times elsewhere:
Look at it this way, if you were playing $5/$10 stakes with a $600 bankroll, one or two bad beats could wipe you out. Take the same bankroll to $1/$2 tables and you can still suffer a few bad beats, and more besides, without being taken out of action.
Bottom line: If you do not have the heart to spend big, Texas Hold’em is not the game for you, seek pleasure elsewhere.
Playing mind games
One indulges in these tactics to keep oneself from going bankrupt! All you need to do is stick to certain bankroll rules and do not waiver in face of temptation however strong the lure of a big pot. It is mostly a one-off big time investment which, if it is big enough should never touch base and ensure a smooth ride for you in the corridors of hold’em land.
Also, having a huge and stable bankroll gives you that edge over all your opponents which comes only out of knowing that you can afford to take chances as you have sufficient backing at the end of the day. This psychological advantage, more often than not will help you in making snap decisions at the right moments which would be just the thing for you to cinch victory!
As you play, your bankroll will gain or lose with your luck at the tables. This gives a whole new edge to calling blinds, bluffs and strong hands when the odds are in or against your favor as this is an external factor that will affect your decisions, sometimes more than the players you are up against and the situation you are in. However, how much you want to put at stake is a matter you would be the best one to decide!