A players bankroll is all the money that for playing poker. It is the sum of funds that he has designated for gambling. A professional poker player never touch his roll, because it is like for the mechanic his untensil. A mechanic can not work without his utensil and poker player cant not play without a bankroll.
Often you will also hear the word bankroll management. If you want to be long-term successful with playing poker you need a strict money management. It is important that you never play a limit which your bankroll management does not allow you. It protect you to go broke and it will show you when you are ready to move to a higher limit.
For example – let’s say that you are a young 21 years old poker player who grinds $0.50/$1 No Limit Holdem games online. In order to be properly bankrolled, you would need a minimum of 10.000$ set aside in your normal bankroll to comfortably play at that level. Yes 10.000$ ?
You have a total amount of 20.000$ set aside as your poker roll. You also have 10.000$ set aside for living expenses, which you should not use for playing poker
A professional poker player should have a certain amount of money set aside. Minimum six months worth of expenses. Some players even have 12 months as security.
The biggest problem that many players have is that their living expenses and poker bankroll are intermingled. They play with both their living expenses and poker bankroll money which is one of the biggest mistakes a player can do. This leads to situations where he can go broke and need to borrow money just to continue paying his expenses. It is a big difference if a player have always a clear and calm head or if he play with bis pressure. Nobody will play their A-Game with to much pressure and stress in the head
Save: A solid bankroll is the most important for a successful poker career!
We recommend you to take a look to our bankroll/money section to get more information about this topic.