This is a discussion on What Portion Of Your Bankroll Are You Comfortable Buying In With? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; Considering the variance involved in poker, something like an All In bad beat or suck out is not outside of the realm of possiblity.
Considering the variance involved in poker, something like an All In bad beat or suck out is not outside of the realm of possiblity.
If this happens, and you bought into a table with most of or your entire bankroll, it's going to hurt a lot more than if you only bought in with a small portion.
What do you think?
Using most of your bankroll or all of it for a single buy-in has never been recommended by anyone, pros or not.
In the old days, the rule was never to exceed 5% of your BR as a buy-in for any given session. Nowadays, it depends on the game you want to play. For certain micro stakes cash games for example, you'd need 50 maximum buy-ins and for some low stakes tourneys, 100 buy-ins are necessary. For more details about the subject, check out Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams books and videos, it might be helpful.
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I can't say a specific portion but I will say that I give myself a bankroll requirement for live cash games to be 20 at least. Average poker players may recommend 30 (which isn't wrong so the more ammo, the better).
Depending on the player pool, I may up my own requirements to 50+ buy-ins.
From my experience, cash games have little variance compared to MTTs because for one, there is no obligation to keep playing. And two, the blinds never increase nor are there antes apart from a bomb pot or if said cash game openly mentions that there is an ante involved like in Hustler Casino Live.
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I still play on about 2-5% of my bankroll in cash games.
In cash games you can make a profit very quickly, but the risk of immediately losing your entire buy-in is also great.
That's why I would never use 10-20% of my BR as buy-in for cash games, as I read above.
Furthermore, I often play cash games on multiple tables so that you can hopefully compensate for any losses with the winnings on other tables.