When should you stop during a spin-up?

In the Community Weekly Round-Up Barry Carter wonders whether he should cash out or keep spinning after a lucky run.

//d3ltpfxjzvda6e.cloudfront.net/2014/05/12/kohcast3Shotmower.jpgLast week I found $0.30 in an old poker account and decided to go for a joyride with it while watching a movie (American Hustle - thought it was pretty overrated). By the time Sunday had come around, I had spun it up to just under $200 using a very cavalier bankroll management system. 

Obviously I ran very well to manage that.  

At what point does a spin-up become your bankroll? 

I'm pretty risk averse anyway, but last year I bought a house and that has turned me into an uber nit. That $200 is starting to look like a lawnmower I plan to buy this year (I presume most of our under-25 audience has thrown their laptop out the window in disgust at this point). 

But at the same time, $200 is not going to change much in my life, and part of me thinks I should aim higher for my $0.30 investment (I presume those under-25-year-olds that didn't throw their laptop out the window are now wondering why I didn't register for the Sunday Million already). 

I'll throw it open to the PokerStrategy.com community to share their views on what my $0.30 spin-up end strategy should be. Let me know what you would do in the comments box, or feel free to just call me a boring old nit. 

Thread of the week

//d3ltpfxjzvda6e.cloudfront.net/2014/05/12/poker-hud.jpgWe had an interesting strategy video on this topic recently, and now ikkvr has asked the question - is a HUD necessary?

It sparked a very interesting discussion from a large cross section of the community, even going into a Game Theory Optimal debate. 

I know from personal experience that I have previously become quite reliant on HUDs, and sometimes have felt I actually played better when I have chosen not to bother.

A lot of the people in the thread have shared their views after having played a lot of hands on smartphones and tablets, which obviously don't have HUDs (yet).

Join the discussion and let us know your thoughts.  

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//d3ltpfxjzvda6e.cloudfront.net/2014/02/22/71514_443563348174_1472734_n.jpgBarry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2. He has been working in the poker industry for nine years and in 2013 won the APAT Award for Best Poker Media Provider. You can learn more about his work here

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Comments (11)

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  • MJPerry


    Aim higher imo. If you go broke you've only kinda-sorta-lost $0.30.
  • redrawstump


    Bank half, gamble the other half. Repeat until fail.
    You're gonna be paying someone else to mow you lawn by the end. Probably.
  • jmackenzie


    with a spin up you need to at least brush noses with high stakes. For you esp you need to play people that you have reported on I would recommend sitting randy lew at 3/6 hu and playing him till 1k or bust. gl!
  • junfandan


    I think there's a tournament called the Big 1 for One Drop at the WSOP this year - maybe you could aim for that?
  • tonypmm


    Cash out after spinning it up to 1-1.5 BI for the highest of your grinded limits. Aim to put the entire balance at a single fast-fold table (or as many tables as you're not bored by) to save time.
  • tonypmm


    Oh, and don't move down limits after remaining with a <40 bb stack like I did last time - continue according to the short stack strategy - you'll lose a bit of EV but gain some free time that's worth more.
  • Ramble


    You could try to turn it into $10,000 like the much loved Chris Ferguson... ;)

    I think #2 had the best idea - $75 down on a lawnmower, $25 on a case of beer for after the lawn is mowed, and a $100 to freeroll like it's 1999!
  • gadget51


    I'd like to call you a boring old nit, but kettles and pots and all that... :)

    Calling it a bankroll is obviously relative to your own personal circumstances. 2K (say) may be peanuts to some and a life-or game -changing amount to others.
  • RaucheCh1987


    #8 this


    Put it all on red ldo!
  • MJPerry


    No reply from Barry, obv busto