Originally Posted by thepokerkid123
Questions to everyone who's answered so far:
Why is x buy ins best?
Fewer buy ins allows faster progress, if your buddy who played poker just as well as you do made a bet with you that he'd make more money, playing the same but using 2 fewer max buy ins for his BRM, would you really want to bet against him?
Faster progress is not always the key issue.
The reason for any BRM is purely for risk management- We all know that poker can be volatile- but if you put the swings in relation to your bankroll then the volatility could be a lot less, on a proportional basis.
Say you have 1000 buyins at the level you are playing at, a 10 buy in swing is not big deal and if your good you can play enough hands at the current level that a solid play style will win out and no matter what the downswing because you can tolerate it- variance is now on YOUR side because quality play over the hundreds of thousands of hands will give you a positive win rate.
Say you have 1 buy in, now you have no room for error, you can be a great player but still hit a downswing and now you are out of money to play poker, variance is not on your side.
So any number in between 1000 buy ins and 1 buy in is essential based upon your personal risk tolerance. So while there is no definitive answer to "what bankroll should i play?" anymore than there is an answer to "what hand should I play in which position?" The answers to both of these questions are actually subjective rather than objective.
So while we can give a general recommendation on what hands to play in that we give hand charts (hand charts are not perfect, but until you know WHY you're playing what you play stick to the chart) we can reccomend bankroll management practices that should "work".
In general if you go below 15-20 buy-ins then you should drop down, for some people its more for some people its less depending on how comfortable they are with risk. You probably want to start with somewhere between 25-30 buy-ins at the level you want to play at, again it varies.
To answer your bet question-If my friend and I play as well as each other then it should be an even money bet if he plays with a lower bankroll requirement because when he moves up in stakes he can lose more money just as easily as I will win less at the stake I play at- is this over a short number of hands, like 1 or over an infinite number? Is the bankroll difference between 1 and 3 or 98 and 100? I think that question is essentially a non issue, do you want to bet that you or someone else will win or lose more if one of you uses bad BRM, over the long run better BRM should win so that seems like a weird point to try and make.