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Building up a Poker Bankroll – From $10 to $1,000

Building up a poker bankroll from scratch can be quite a test, but it's far easier than most players assume. So why not start your own personal poker challenge and build up a proper bankroll that will allow you to play for higher stakes? With help from PokerSchoolOnline and PokerStars you can start with just $10, so get started today!

Because a player's money is an essential tool he needs for his job, professional players have been 'grinding up' their bankrolls since long before the modern era of online poker. PokerStars is the biggest poker room worldwide, and therefore an ideal place to build up a bankroll online. The benefits are crucial: not only do you have all the poker variants and formats available at the touch of a button - such as ring games, Sit & Go's or multi-table tournaments - you can also access these games 24/7 and you even don't need to leave the house.

What is a poker bankroll?

Some people define the word 'bankroll' as all the money they have in their Stars Account, but if you want to be more precise you should include all the money you have available to wager. A professional poker player, for example, might have $10,000 online and another $5,000 in cash for live games, then have $20,000 in a bank account to cover their living costs.

It's even possible to have two separate bankrolls in your online account at PokerStars. Let's say you want to start a bankroll challenge with $10, but at the same time you want to keep some additional funds to play for fun. While both amounts are in the same account, you can easily keep track of both bankrolls if you keep track of your sessions.

So before you start, think about what you want to spend on a hobby you love. If you want to spend $50, $100 or even more, you can always adapt your strategy with the help of our bankroll management recommendations. If you want to start with $10, it might take a bit longer, but think of it as just adding a few more steps along the path to your final goal.

Famous Bankroll Challenges

Many poker pros have taken on bankroll challenges over the years, and some even started with no money at all. If you're looking for inspiration, you might want to bookmark the PokerStars Twitch channel, where members of Team PokerStars Pro like Jason Somerville - famous for his 'Run It UP!' web series - stream a broad variety of games.

PokerSchoolOnline also has a library with videos from poker coaches and Team PokerStars members, providing valuable advice about different limits, variants and formats.

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For more winning poker strategy tips, create your FREE PokerStars account now and join our school. If you're already a school member, why not make a deposit and try this strategy at the tables? 

Make sure to include the "POKERSCHOOL" marketing code when creating your new account to avail of our 'Welcome Bonus'. Please note that the bonus code can only be entered via registration on the desktop client.

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