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Bankroll and stack understanding?

    • grim789
      Joined: 20.02.2013 Posts: 6
      Ok so i know that this will sound like a stupid question to most but i am just confused on stack sizes i know there is small stack big stack mid stack etc. But what determines these to be those sizes??

      Example if i had 50 dollars to play with would that be mid because it is not very much?

      Would 1000 be big stack?

      I kinda understand that it is the amount of chips you have and something to do with how many big blinds but if my bankroll is 50.00 and i go into a NL2 or NL5 game would those be small or mid stack? Sorry if this sounds confusing im very confused as to how you know what the sizes are and how much to take into a game i read somewhere on here 40% of maximum amount allowed at the table im not sure if i remembered that right but doing the math on that everytime would be very consuming. Any help with understanding this would be veryyy much appreciated. I want to really understand everything on the basic level before i move further with purchasing a silver membership.
  • 4 replies
    • KowKain
      Joined: 29.07.2010 Posts: 10

      Bankroll is the money you have allocated for poker/other gambling. So $50 is your bankroll. It's what you're willing to risk for poker, respecting the bankroll management.

      'stack' reffers to money (or bigblinds), you have at the table;

      you can either have a:

      - deepstack: 250bb or more
      - fullstack: max buyin stack, usually 100bb
      - midstack 30-50 bb
      - shortstack: 10 - 30bb

      The size of your stack dictates what strategy you should use to play. Or in other words, which cards you shouldn't play. :)

      So for NL2 cashgame, you can buyin for either;

      100bb * 2cents = $2
      40bb * 2c = $0.80 ... etc

      Next, if you're more of a Sng/tournament player, your bankroll is divided into 'buyins'. A buyin represents what you must pay to participate in such game.

      You can find all about different strategy, and bankroll management here, on

    • gadget51
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Hi grim789 and welcome to the community here!

      First, you haven't asked a stupid question ok? :)

      Now, if you click the links below they take you to the strategy sections for short/mid stack and sit and go strategy articles. Have a look through them and they will explain what you need to know given your current basic status. You will need to raise your status to gain access to higher level material.

      For Short and Mid Stack No Limit:

      For Big Stack No Limit:

      For Sit and Go Tournaments:

      ...and for Fixed Limit Cash Games:

      I hope this helps but if you need further assistance just ask.



      Also, Thank you to KowKain for your help, much appreciated.
    • grim789
      Joined: 20.02.2013 Posts: 6
      Awesome thank you guys for the help KowKain very well explained perfect and to the point :D And thank you gadget for the links pointing me in the right direction :)
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 22,027
      Thank you very much KowKain :)