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.