How to Build your Bankroll

When you’re first starting out on your casino game-playing journey, there’s one key step that many people might miss out. You’ve been practicing with friends in friendly games, you’ve been reading up on strategy and what the best tricks are, you’re ready for just about anything except that one problem that can strike at any time – you get unlucky on the first hand and blow all the money you brought to play with.

Yes, incredible as it may seem, some players genuinely don’t know the importance of building a bankroll to play with before they settle in for a night of playing. It’s all well and good to have a strategy for how to count cards but you’re going to need enough chips to play a few hands in case you don’t get lucky immediately. Here are a few top tips on how to build your bankroll:

Allocate some Money

This is a reasonably long-term endeavour but at the end of the month, when you have a spare couple of notes hanging around, just stick them into a jar and leave it until the next month. As long as you keep adding to the jar and don’t dip into it, before long you’ll have a healthy bankroll that’ll serve you well in the casino, all made out of disposable money that you can afford to lose! Of course, if your strategy pays off you’ll soon walk out with more money than you went in with, but just in case, it helps to have enough to keep playing even if you’re unlucky a few times at the start of the session.

Use Bonuses Smartly

If you’re going to be mostly playing in a bricks and mortar casino this advice won’t be as useful, but if you’re going to be playing online it’s definitely something to bear in mind. If you play using bonuses then you can get significantly more value out of your bankroll, up to 100% more if you get the right bonus. The way many of the online bonuses work is that the casino will add a certain amount of money to your account to match what you initially deposited, this in turn means you get up to double the bankroll to work with and dramatically increase your chances of winning if you play it smart. But when it comes to collecting bonuses, you may need to be a bit savvy as there’ll be a maximum you can collect on a deposit (up to, say £100). In that case, waiting until you get a second bonus before you deposit can help you keep your bankroll nice and healthy while you’re building it.

Watch your buy-ins

Obviously, you’re going to want to play with your bankroll and you’re not likely to wait until you have thousands to hand before you start playing. But if you’re going to start playing with your bankroll before it’s fully developed, make sure you don’t end up buying in to a game above your paygrade. If you sink hundreds into a hand of baccarat, you’ll soon be back to square one with your bankroll building. Keeping a close eye on your bankroll so that it can continue to grow is a vital step in your bankroll building process.

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