Tips for Building up Your Poker Bankroll
If you’re a new poker player and you want to test out your skills by playing online poker, but you don’t have your own money to spend then you’re in luck. If you follow my guide you will be able to find several techniques for building up a free poker bankroll. In order to build up your bankroll in the early stages you’re going to need to be willing to play with different online poker rooms. Since you’ll be playing in promotional events for the most part in the early stages you need to play in multiple poker rooms in order to find enough action.
The first thing you need to do is register a poker account with the poker rooms you want to play with. If you don’t know where you should play I would recommend playing in the poker rooms that are offering the most freeroll tournaments for their new players. Some poker rooms have freeroll tournaments on a daily basis whereas other poker rooms might only have one big freeroll tournament every month. You’ll obviously want to find the poker rooms that offer daily freeroll tournaments. You also want to try and play in the smaller poker rooms so that there aren’t as many opponents in the freeroll tournaments as there would be with a big poker room.
In a freeroll tournament you generally only make money if you finish in the top 10 positions or so. With thousands of players participating in most freeroll tournaments you’re really going to need to have a great tournament to win some money. These types of tournaments take awhile to play so make sure you have a lot of time since you’re going to need it. Once you manage to win some money in a freeroll tournament it will be credited to your account. You will often need to use the money to play some poker on the real money tables until you can withdraw the money. If this is the case I would recommend playing in some small sit and go tournaments for real money.
Sit and go tournaments have anywhere from 2-180 players although you should try and stick with the 9-10 player ones. If you can win a few of these tournaments and build your bankroll up to $50-$100 you should be able to withdraw the money at this point. You need to make sure you don’t get greedy when you play for real money because you can lose the money just as quick or quicker then you won it. If you can build up small $50-$100 bankrolls on several poker rooms and withdraw the money you’ll end up having $300-$500. From there you can deposit the money onto the poker room you want to stick with.
You will still have a small bankroll, but all of the money was free it didn’t cost you anything except time. Once you deposit your bankroll onto the poker room of your choice you need to make sure you manage your bankroll strictly in the early stages. The last thing you want to do is lose all of the money in one night since that will force you to go back to the freeroll tournaments until you build up your bankroll again.