Bankroll decisions are more important to a poker player than most people recognize. Decisions you make today can affect whether you can play in a good game next week.

First some general BR numbers.

The formula I use for bankroll is always based on the square root of the number of players in the tournament.

SQRT~n * 10 = a conservative bankroll strategy.

For instance in an MTT with 300 players, in the conservative BR numbers - 10(SQRT~300) = number of buyins needed for this MTT. 10(17) = 170 buy ins. For Premium members, there is a BR chart in the Tournament Masterclass with JL's recommendations and you will find that this formula and his recommendations are very close.

With the multiplier of 10, that will give you a number where you have a 99%+ chance of not going broke.

Using a multiplier of 8 which is considered a moderate BR strategy you will have a 95% chance of not going broke. With a moderate BR requirement you would need 136 buy-ins for that same tournament.

Using a multiplier of 6 is a risky BR strategy where you have about 90% chance or less of not going broke. With risky BR requirements, you need 102 buy-in for this MTT. I would never recommend this to any professional where their BR is their business. If you are a recreational player and losing your BR will not mean a life disaster, then this would be ok.

But what about someone who is building a bankroll?

Some quick history about me. I recently took 2 years off due to health and had to use my BR to pay bills. Now I am rebuilding a BR, but I don't have a ton of cash to just drop in and start playing again.

Here are my thoughts when starting off with a BR:

1) Can you afford to replace all or a large part of your BR if you have a bad swing?

2) How much can you replace in a relatively short time?

So I downloaded PS PA last week. I deposited $150 with a plan to add another $100 a month for a while. Since I can replace a large part of my BR fairly quickly I can use very risky numbers.

The formula I am using at the beginning is a multiplier of 2. So for me in the building stage, where I can replace all or most of my BR quickly, I would need 34 buy ins for the same MTT.

As my BR gets larger to where my replacement value shrinks, I would then go to the multiplier of 4 and I would need 68 buy-ins for the MTT.

Taking Shots - With such an aggressive BR strategy you should never take any shots above your already low requirements. Basically, you are taking a shot every time you sit with such an aggressive strategy.

No one is building a BR in micros and small stakes games. With a strategy such as this, I should be able to move into the mid-stakes in a matter of months, where I would start lowering my risk, which would coincide with my edge over the player pool getting shorter.

I don't remember ever seeing anything like this posted before, but I wanted to share my strategy to build a BR to get back into the game as quick as I could.

First some general BR numbers.

The formula I use for bankroll is always based on the square root of the number of players in the tournament.

SQRT~n * 10 = a conservative bankroll strategy.

For instance in an MTT with 300 players, in the conservative BR numbers - 10(SQRT~300) = number of buyins needed for this MTT. 10(17) = 170 buy ins. For Premium members, there is a BR chart in the Tournament Masterclass with JL's recommendations and you will find that this formula and his recommendations are very close.

With the multiplier of 10, that will give you a number where you have a 99%+ chance of not going broke.

Using a multiplier of 8 which is considered a moderate BR strategy you will have a 95% chance of not going broke. With a moderate BR requirement you would need 136 buy-ins for that same tournament.

Using a multiplier of 6 is a risky BR strategy where you have about 90% chance or less of not going broke. With risky BR requirements, you need 102 buy-in for this MTT. I would never recommend this to any professional where their BR is their business. If you are a recreational player and losing your BR will not mean a life disaster, then this would be ok.

But what about someone who is building a bankroll?

Some quick history about me. I recently took 2 years off due to health and had to use my BR to pay bills. Now I am rebuilding a BR, but I don't have a ton of cash to just drop in and start playing again.

Here are my thoughts when starting off with a BR:

1) Can you afford to replace all or a large part of your BR if you have a bad swing?

2) How much can you replace in a relatively short time?

So I downloaded PS PA last week. I deposited $150 with a plan to add another $100 a month for a while. Since I can replace a large part of my BR fairly quickly I can use very risky numbers.

The formula I am using at the beginning is a multiplier of 2. So for me in the building stage, where I can replace all or most of my BR quickly, I would need 34 buy ins for the same MTT.

As my BR gets larger to where my replacement value shrinks, I would then go to the multiplier of 4 and I would need 68 buy-ins for the MTT.

Taking Shots - With such an aggressive BR strategy you should never take any shots above your already low requirements. Basically, you are taking a shot every time you sit with such an aggressive strategy.

No one is building a BR in micros and small stakes games. With a strategy such as this, I should be able to move into the mid-stakes in a matter of months, where I would start lowering my risk, which would coincide with my edge over the player pool getting shorter.

I don't remember ever seeing anything like this posted before, but I wanted to share my strategy to build a BR to get back into the game as quick as I could.

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