re: Poker & Can't get a bankroll going
Originally Posted by FreeRollWannabe
For like 2 months now I've been trying a challenge and that is to make a bankroll out of a deposit of 30 bucks or less. I deposited 10 bucks and have been playin, but every single time I start getting above where I started I hit a losing streak.
For everyone step forward I take 2 back. And its always in the form of only 4 people left in a 1.20 SNG, -Everyone around same size stack, Shove with AK get called by A7 and the 7 shows up.
I mean 75% of the time my 75% odds or better lose.
Is it because the buy in is so low that I see people calling 5x blind raises with K 9s? Or hang on to 9 5o when someone raises 3?
I just can't get ahead, these shitty hands keep beating me no matter how much I raise preflop.
It's just variance. $10 is not nearly enough of a bankroll to buffer for the inevitable possibility of suckouts. Even if you play 100% "perfect" poker, statistically it is still likely to go bankrupt due to suckouts and coolers if you do not have a proper bankroll to buffer from these swings.
The recommended minimum for sit 'n go is to have 100 buy ins, so at $1.20 you should have a $120 bankroll.
On a $10 bankroll, you could try the .25 + .05 satellites to the daily double sit 'n gos at full tilt poker
. These are a good way to try to grind up a bankroll. Just play it fairly nitty, and get it in when you're pretty sure you're way ahead. When you win, just unregister from the tournament and you will get T$ back in your account, which you can use to register for more satellites. Keep in mind, you are still not properly rolled with $10 even for this, but the competition is generally quite soft so 50 buy ins is probably somewhat reasonable. Remember, you're gonna get sucked out on ALOT, but this is actually not a bad thing in the long run. Given enough hands (and I'm talking like tens to hundreds of thousands) the odds will work out and if you are making correct decisions they will even out.
If you don't mind cash games, it is generally easier to grind up a roll from playing 2nl. To be properly rolled for cash games, the common guideline is 20-25 buyins ($50 minimum roll for 2nl).