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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
You should be realistic. It is not uncommon that eventually you will lose your deposit on tables.

What is the amount that makes no difference to you if you lose it? Maybe deposit only 50% of that sum ???
 
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Depends on how you play and what games you play. Maybe like 20 to 30% would be my choice.
 
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You should deposit as much as you can afford. I operate on the assumption that if I lose everything, I can deposit no more than 1% of my monthly income. This doesn't affect my private life; I consider it money designated for my hobby. On the other hand, it's more than enough for casual play at the lowest stakes. And perhaps in six months or a year, I might manage to move up to higher stakes, what I wish for you. :)

By the way, this is also a kind of bankroll management, but it pertains to your real-world financial status (highly recommended). Bankroll management is the most crucial principle in (poker/real life) that can exist.
 
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I made a deposit of $5 (the minimum deposit at pokerstars), but this is, of course, a very small deposit to really learn how to play for money, so I lost them several times. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend on training, it can be from 5 to 500 dollars, roughly speaking. I think that 50-100 dollars will be enough to learn how to play for money at low limits.
 
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10$ was mine,i go to 4$ and them 25$ in one day,go to sleep,and the other day i broke lol
then i never deposit anything again and just win a few bucks in freerolls to keep playing,i believe the best place to put your money in poker is classes,they make you more likely to win real money
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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
You can only deposit what you can afford to lose, because you probably will. Poker is not an easy way to make money, it takes lots of skill and Study to become a profitable player, Many of us here on Cardschat started the same way, Playing Freerolls MTM (making the money) and saving the few Cents we made until we felt comfortable buying in to Micro stake games and moving our way up the stakes gradually.
Treat the Freerolls as if they are your apprentice-ship, learning the ropes until you feel confident and comfortable Buying in for real money, because as the saying goes "Rome wasn't built in a day", It's the same with Poker! Because it is a long hard slog!
 
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You should deposit only what you can afford to lose, I think a 100$ is good with welcome bonuses, Start playing only micro buy-in tournaments and try to play with 5$ daily like that you could make a result , don't play with all the money, Good luck.
 
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As much as you can reasonably afford. Go low to start. It is very difficult to build a bankroll however due to variance.
 
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I'd say start with $20 and play $0.01/$0.02 blinds if you're going to play cash games. That's 10 buyins, plenty of wiggle room to start with. That's what I did when I started playing real money.
 
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Deposit as much as you like. You have practiced enough in playing with play chips and are now ready to make a deposit. As a rule, the minimum deposit is $10.
 
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I think a couple of million will be normal, or whatever you have in your left pocket:p
 
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As a beginner I would not put too much on. If you're really new to the game if you don't mind losing the money it a ok for any amount if you dont need that money for normal life expenses.

Personally, I would if doing it over again for me, I would deposit $110.00 so I would have 100 buy ins to a $1.10 tournaments.

Good luck
 
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My first deposit was 100$, lost it, then deposited another hundred, since then never looked back and on freeroll. The answer is whatever works for you, dont play your savings.
 
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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
As a beginner, I would recommend play the freerolls that are offered by Cardschat. Try to make a decent bankroll of about $20 Dollars better is $50 and plan your career, depending on what you like to play (cashgame or tournaments).
So you don't lose your own money and learn playing poker. If you manage to have some winnings you can try to play 50 cent tournaments and so on.
You should read and watch Bankroll management threads here and on the internet, 2+2 forums, pokerstrategy.com and many more.
 
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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
I only deposited the minimum, and once, in each room I play, just to be able to withdraw, my Bankroll built up playing only freerolls and I never deposited again.
 
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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
It depends, if you have money and it depends on which site you are going to play, there are sites where the minimum to play is 1 dollar and there are others where the minimum is cents, so first you see the site that you like the most and then you deposit something that your bankroll can handle losing a few times in a row without breaking the bank
 
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what would be my first deposit to play as a beginner?
A minimum deposit of $5 or $10 will be the best option for any beginner. In general, you need a deposit to first of all remove the restrictions that certain poker sites may have. Basically any player and even a beginner player can build a bankroll from scratch just by playing freerolls.
 
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A lot, you're gonna need it after all the runouts. :ROFLMAO:

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A minimum deposit of $5 or $10 will be the best option for any beginner. In general, you need a deposit to first of all remove the restrictions that certain poker sites may have. Basically any player and even a beginner player can build a bankroll from scratch just by playing freerolls.
I believe the min. deposit is more than this at most sites (I think it's $20 minimum for Canadians).

Something to keep in mind when reading the responses on here, (& depending upon where the live) for some folks here, $250 would be enough money to cover all of their living expenses (Food, rent, utilities) for one month and for others, they make more than this at their jobs in 1 day (and some, probably 1 hour). And because of this, you'll find many responses where they will always recommend only playing Freerolls. imo, this will really limit your learning potential and it's boring as hell.

When I first began playing online poker (residing in B.C. canada on a permanent disability income and working part-time) I chose to deposit to two different poker sites, $175 to one and $150 to the other (Fulltilt & Pokerstars). The online game was much easier back then (partially due to all of the donkey USA players but more so because there just wasn't the amount of info. found online about the game as you'll find these days).

IF I were just starting out online today... how much would I deposit. Probably about the same as I chose back in 2007.
It also really depends on what type of games you're wanting to play. I'd suggest if it's cash game format, I'd begin at the lowest limits $0.01/$0.02 blinds (a.k.a. '2nl'). Buyin for 100bb's ($2) and set your settings to reload to 100bb's every time you fall below your starting stack of 100bb. Don't move up to 5nl until you can show yourself that you're able to beat this limit (it doesn't matter if you're playing $1/$2 in a live casino... players are better online. Start at the bottom and work your way up (imo))

IF it's tournament play you're interested in, same > deposit $100 to $250. And I would begin by playing tournaments with buyin $1 to $3. (< this is what I did). Maybe play a $5 mtt once in awhile. I'd make a goal of playing ~50 to 100 MTT's at $1 to $3 before choosing to play more $5 games.

Have fun and if you need any help, let me know.
 
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I believe the min. deposit is more than this at most sites (I think it's $20 minimum for Canadians).

Something to keep in mind when reading the responses on here, (& depending upon where the live) for some folks here, $250 would be enough money to cover all of their living expenses (Food, rent, utilities) for one month and for others, they make more than this at their jobs in 1 day (and some, probably 1 hour). And because of this, you'll find many responses where they will always recommend only playing Freerolls. imo, this will really limit your learning potential and it's boring as hell.

When I first began playing online poker (residing in B.C. Canada on a permanent disability income and working part-time) I chose to deposit to two different poker sites, $175 to one and $150 to the other (Fulltilt & Pokerstars). The online game was much easier back then (partially due to all of the donkey USA players but more so because there just wasn't the amount of info. found online about the game as you'll find these days).

IF I were just starting out online today... how much would I deposit. Probably about the same as I chose back in 2007.
It also really depends on what type of games you're wanting to play. I'd suggest if it's cash game format, I'd begin at the lowest limits $0.01/$0.02 blinds (a.k.a. '2nl'). Buyin for 100bb's ($2) and set your settings to reload to 100bb's every time you fall below your starting stack of 100bb. Don't move up to 5nl until you can show yourself that you're able to beat this limit (it doesn't matter if you're playing $1/$2 in a live casino... players are better online. Start at the bottom and work your way up (imo))

IF it's tournament play you're interested in, same > deposit $100 to $250. And I would begin by playing tournaments with buyin $1 to $3. (< this is what I did). Maybe play a $5 mtt once in awhile. I'd make a goal of playing ~50 to 100 MTT's at $1 to $3 before choosing to play more $5 games.

Have fun and if you need any help, let me know.

AND, post on Cardschat (in the Hand Analysis section would be your best option imo) so that you can play in their Freerolls (far better than your regular public freerolls... although there are TONS of donks in the CC games too... but a handful of decent players too making them worth playing.
 
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:unsure: huh. Did I miss something?
I don't deposit, but after I build up any CC freeroll winnings on ACR the shit turns bad with miracle runouts and the BR goes south. Granted I do mainly play the jackpot games there, the variance is insane.

Permanently Nagy'd

;p
 
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I don't deposit, but after I build up any CC freeroll winnings on ACR the shit turns bad with miracle runouts and the BR goes south. Granted I do mainly play the jackpot games there, the variance is insane.

Permanently Nagy'd

;p

I'm losing faith in ya bud :(
 
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Play freerolls for a while. Don't deposit anything
 
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