Playing with money you cannot afford to lose

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Tiltmode1987

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Over time i have learned one very important lesson playing poker. This post was inspired by another users post. It really got me thinking that this may be one of the most important aspects of playing poker. Almost every time i have played at a live cash game with very limited funds, it usually doesn't end up good. Me personally, i end up playing with scared money and end up getting pushed around by bigger stacks resulting in me folding either what is the winning hand or what turns into the winning hand after one of my outs hits the turn or river after folding to a bet or raise that i was scared to call strictly because of having very little or nothing at all to rebuy with. I have learned to resist the urge to play unless it will not have a significant impact on me if i were to lose. I also definitely play better without the stress of being broke if i lose whats on the table
 
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Tiltmode1987

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I apologize for the run-on sentences. I reread my post and it seems like i missed a few periods or commas here and there lol. Hopefully it still qualifies as a quality post
 
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Hello. It seems to me that it depends a lot on how much you are playing for. When you play for insignificant money, you don't take it seriously. If you play with a lot of money, then you do it much more precisely
 
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Over time i have learned one very important lesson playing poker. This post was inspired by another users post. It really got me thinking that this may be one of the most important aspects of playing poker. Almost every time i have played at a live cash game with very limited funds, it usually doesn't end up good. Me personally, i end up playing with scared money and end up getting pushed around by bigger stacks resulting in me folding either what is the winning hand or what turns into the winning hand after one of my outs hits the turn or river after folding to a bet or raise that i was scared to call strictly because of having very little or nothing at all to rebuy with. I have learned to resist the urge to play unless it will not have a significant impact on me if i were to lose. I also definitely play better without the stress of being broke if i lose whats on the table
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If I understood you correctly, then while playing you are afraid to lose and make the wrong decisions, there is a simple way to solve this problem, before playing, decide how much money you are ready to lose, and then you will not be afraid of risk. Good luck to you.
 
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i did gamble once my salary for higher stakes , biggggg mistake , never in my life , i cry so muchhhhhh ...yeah (((:)
 
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I played here in mexico with some really rich bulls. They don't even know, how poker works, but bet more money than I earn in a month. That's what Poker means here, I'm the bigger cabron, dude. Got enough to play with me? Besides, sharks smell your fear, when you're playing with your only bullet. They make some check-bets and know it after a few hands. NO FEAR :rock::rock::rock:
 
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Over time i have learned one very important lesson playing poker. This post was inspired by another users post. It really got me thinking that this may be one of the most important aspects of playing poker. Almost every time i have played at a live cash game with very limited funds, it usually doesn't end up good. Me personally, i end up playing with scared money and end up getting pushed around by bigger stacks resulting in me folding either what is the winning hand or what turns into the winning hand after one of my outs hits the turn or river after folding to a bet or raise that i was scared to call strictly because of having very little or nothing at all to rebuy with. I have learned to resist the urge to play unless it will not have a significant impact on me if i were to lose. I also definitely play better without the stress of being broke if i lose whats on the table


In today's day and age, it's easier than ever to build up a bankroll from freerolls online. :)

Especially with the access to CC freerolls! :) :) :)

No need to play with scared money. ;)
 
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You must play the money you can afford to lose. So you must play comfortably, in order to play without any fears of losing and in order to take decisions with clear mind.
 
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I actually play with very little money most of the time but it doesn’t affect the way I play. I at least play with 200 if I’m playing 1-2 no limit n i don’t get pushed around
 
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1984

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don't care much the money, they try to keep you dependent on that scam until you are willing to participate in the life shortening game, i know exactly what it is, you never can have enough legally to get rid of the parasite hordes, so i can lose all. In tourneys, short or long run i win, dont disturb the buyin cost, i can lose that if it happens like that.

cg - even i watched plenty times how the profitable guys i know, play online, i dont think i play it with huge differences, not even small - but i always lose, still dont get it...

never had long hours series when 1-3 outs falling for me, vs. me it is normal, also tried PLO, totally the same, of course the outs and variance higher, but the hours long runs work only vs. me, so most of the time, if i start to play any kind of CG, any level, i play like that, i am going to lose it, if not that's surprise....

never will understand.... how it can go 180 degrees opposite all the time the tourney vs. cg - even when i dont make mistakes..... still everything falling vs me in cg..... especially that i know poker live off guys, and dont see any difference, only i bluff less, but it cannot result so big difference...

if you know what money is, you will see, you can lose all, makes no difference, probably even better if you do, make it better, one chain is off from you.....
 
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Any games involve money will involve risk,too.

If one want to win, the first thing is learn to survive longer in the game.
 
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1984

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Any games involve money will involve risk,too.

If one want to win, the first thing is learn to survive longer in the game.



If we talk about CG, it is pointless, makes no sense, as if you play for surviving 100% you will lose everything.....
 
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Your fear of losing your funds seriously impacts your game play. Poker is all about the returns and if you are folding hands out of fear, you are missing the potential income, assuming your game is otherwise solid. You have to play the math, not the emotions.
Good luck playing games at your comfort level.
 
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of course you need to play according to the limits, and the limit should be chosen according to your ability, so that if you lose, then you don't get upset:rolleyes:
 
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Only gamble what you can afford. You can afford zero, and still build a bankroll through freerolls and the like. Then use those winnings to further play.

Budgeting. If you fail to set high and low limits of when to quit, you are going to run into trouble.

There's no hurry, only impatience :)
 
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It was very clear to me what you wrote on this thread, o think you're correct with your thoughts, it has happen to me also when I'm playing scared and with money I would really need I'm scared at the table and make too much fold that might look very dumb later, on the other hand when I'm playing without being afraid and Just for the competition it's when I found myself on my best game and has had the best results, but for me it's always away from the cash games only SNG for me XD Cash games are hard
 
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hi

I don't play with money I can lose, from time to time I allow myself to try a little higher entries but once or twice a week only and at other times I play tournaments where I play
 
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I have always found that if I need money, gambling at anything is the worst way to try and get extra cash, You are always aware of what you are gambling with and the fact you really cannot afford to lose, but lose you will, because you are always second guessing yourself.
That horse or dog you fancied an hour ago just doesn't appeal to you any more, or the hand you currently hold is just not as strong as you first thought after seeing the flop, the list is endless, this is because you are playing with scared money, money you really need and don't want to lose because that hole you are in just seems to get bigger and bigger. STOP!
The only way to get out of that hole is to put your nose to the grindstone and work your way out of it, I married young and had a hard time with a wife and 5 children to support and at one point had 3 jobs to try and support them. I did and never regret a minute of it, now my children are all grown, with family of their own, I find I don't need as much money as I used to, and can relax at a Poker table or spend a day at the race track just for the experience of having a day out.
I don't need extra cash and always play with money I can afford to lose, £50, £100 it really does not matter that much, it is money I don't need and can afford to lose, and most of the time I win, Why? because I am never second guessing myself and stick to what I believe is the best decision. I can walk away from a race track, or Poker table knowing I made the right call or fold at the right time even if I bust out and lose the lot, I have had a good day doing what I enjoy, If I walk away with extra money, then it has been a great day, even if I am only £10 up on the day it is a great result.
Play sensibly, with money you can afford to lose, and even if you only break even, you are still a winner, when others have lost their shirts!

When the fun Stops, STOP!
 
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I totally agree. Even if you have money put aside for entertainment such as poker, if your afraid to play it because you don’t want to lose it, a person definitely won’t play poker as its meant to be played.

I have caught myself doing this at times too. I usually only play freerolls and micros but sometimes I’ll win a seat to a larger cash tournament where the buy-in is $100-$200. I’ve have never cashed out at any of my big ticket wins yet. I know in these situations I play differently partly because I’m so excited and partly because I’m playing a much higher value game and I want so badly to win “Just one time :)” I believe the more I play them the more comfortable I’ll get, so for me I think it’s partly my lack of experience. Any money that I have played for poker was from my entertainment budget money so I did not have that added fear of losing money that I should probably not be playing. If that were the case, I would be a nervous wreck and know I would definitely not play poker well at all. When a person plays poker it really should be as stress free as possible. Every cent of money I have at the poker tables online at this time has all been won but I still think for myself I need to gradually increase the buy-in at the tables I play to help get used to not focusing on how much I just paid to play and just focus on the game of poker. Jumping from paying $0 to have a ticket for $200 is a huge difference even though I never paid $200 in the first place, it just messes with my mind for now :).
 
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gud1ni99

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I convince myself that money is just a tool.
Even if there is $ 10,000 in my poker room account, I will not consider it money until they are in my bank account (or electronic wallet).
The other participants in the discussion were right: play only with money that you can afford to lose. If you have entered a certain amount into the poker room, forget about it as money, consider that you no longer have it :)
 
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don't play if you can't afford it
but when you buy your chips, you should not consider them as money so if you loose them then no regrets
 
NWPatriot

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As already stated, if you can't afford to lose, do not play.

It is clear that a human will likely play a $0.01 buyin tournament, differently than they would play a $1,000 buyin tournament, and would play that differently than they would play a $10,000 buyin tournament. Part of this is because the level of competition will be different, but also because, we probably could care less if we lose 1 cent versus how we will feel if we lose $10k.

We will be inhibited when we play above our heads, but we will be free when we play within our comfortable limits. Going all-in for $0.01 is a much different proposition than going all-in for $10K. The math is exactly the same and should be what drives our poker behavior. When we stop making the proper mathematical play because of the money involved, we are probably playing above our head. Or.... we just like gambling it up. If we are gambling it up, then we are missing the advantage that poker has over other gambling endeavors, and that is we are able to play with an edge, every hand, and if we don't we are missing something.

Good luck and God Bless.
 
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As stated before, you should allocate the money that you can afford to lose. You can break down and record win\loses for poker, other casino games, and sport betting to determine the best direction in the future.
 
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