What is Bankroll?
In gambling, especially poker, a bankroll refers to how much money a player has set aside to play with. This can mean several things – in a casino, it can mean how much money the player has taken out with them that night, or for more professional players, all of the money they have in total to play with.
Bankroll is also used less frequently as a verb, meaning to fund another player’s gambling. For example, a poker player may have his entry into a tournament or game funded by another person, with the intention of splitting the profits if they win.
There are many reasons players decide to set money aside solely for gambling as a bankroll. Most obviously and importantly, it allows the player to control how much money they are gambling with, and ensures that they do not get into serious money problems. In addition, the bankroll is advantageous in the game itself – a player using a bankroll is less afraid of losing his money, and can thus play with more confidence and is less likely to be intimidated or bullied when playing. A person playing with money they need for their month’s rent, for instance, is likely to be extremely cautious and unwilling to make big decisions when required, in addition to being in a poor overall situation.
The size of players’ bankrolls will vary from person to person, but it is also often dictated by the game they usually take part in. A player who plays higher limit, or no-limit poker, will of course require a higher bankroll than one playing at low limits. Good bankroll management can be an important skill even for intermediate players looking to make money from gambling, and there have been many articles and books devoted solely to this subject.
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