Definition of Bankroll

What is a "bankroll" in poker? What is the definition of the term "bankroll" in poker?

In poker, a "bankroll" is the amount of money that a person has allocated to play poker with.

Definition of Bankroll - Poker Dictionary - Illustration of Dollar BillsFor instance - let's say that you are a young (21 years old) poker player who grinds $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em games online. In order to be properly bankrolled, you would need a minimum of $10,000 set aside in your "bankroll" to comfortably play at that level.

You have a total of $20,000 set aside as your poker "bankroll". You also have $10,000 set aside for living expenses, which you have vowed not to use to play poker with.

A professional poker player should have a certain amount of money set aside (usually six months worth of expenses) for living expenses.

The problem that many players have is that their living expenses and poker bankroll are intermingled, and they play with both their living expenses and poker bankroll money. This leads to situations where players "go broke" and need to borrow money just to continue paying their expenses, let alone play poker.


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