Poker bankroll rules & winrate goals in cash game NLH


Define your objectives and dedicate a specific bankroll for your cash game sessions

 

 

 

For a lot of players, myself included, beating the micro and small limits is like climbing the K2 (not to say the Everest) and these lines will hopefully help you in your journey.  If you are playing in NL2, NL5, NL10, or NL25 and do not seem to make any profit, win regularly or crush the limit please read further.

OBJECTIVES AT SMALL STAKES LIMITS:

  • Aim for a winrate of 5BB (in small stakes) and 3BB (in middle stakes) every 100 hands (over > 50 000 hands played)
  • Make less mistakes than your opponents
  • Do not be surprised by the moves you will see
  • Play a solid poker, stick to it and be patient, you will win in the long run
  • Draw as much money into the pot as possible and as fast as possible (by value betting)

BANKROLL MANAGEMENT AT SMALL STAKES LIMITS :

  • Never risk more than 5% of your bankroll in low stakes cash game
  • Meaning you should have 20 buy-ins to play at a given limit (eg 20 x 10$ at NL10)
  • Always sit a table with 100BB (unless if you adopt a short-stack strategy with 30BB and focus on pre-flop games – not a big fan an therefore will not detail it here
  • The number of needed buy-ins increases with the limit (never risk more than 3% of your bankroll, make it 30 to 40 buy-ins at NL100)

When you will climb from small to middle stakes limits you will be facing sone new and more complex moves at these limits and more skilled players. This means you will have to adapt your game always and mix up your play to balance your range. You need to start asking  » what does my opponent thinks i am holding? ». Too many players moving up from the low stakes only focus on their cards and what they believe their opponent is holding.

OBJECTIVE AT MEDIUM STAKES LIMITS:

  • Aim for a winrate of 3 to 5BB every 100 hands (over > 50 000 hands played)

BANKROLL MANAGEMENT  AT MEDIUM STAKES LIMITS:

  • The number of needed buy-ins increases with the limit
  • Never risk more than 3% of your bankroll
  • Make it 30 to 40 buy-ins at NL100
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2 Responses to Poker bankroll rules & winrate goals in cash game NLH

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