Moving up and down in limits
Moving up in limits around the poker table can be exciting, but it’s also incredibly important to know when to stay and when to move down. Moving up and down in limits should be a calculated decision because being careless could easily run your bankroll dry.
In this article, we are going to go over when you should consider moving up and down in limits. It’s important when gambling to look at this decision as a calculated, mathematical choice instead of a show of skill. Every gambler needs to move up and down, no matter how ‘good’ they are.
When to move up in limits.
Moving up in limits is not a decision to be made on a whim. It should be carefully considered based on the number of hands you have gambled, hours at the table, a certain win rate or a combination of all three. There are certain methods that are best suited for offline and online gambling, but whatever method you use, you need to stick to it. Following a set of rules that make both financial and logical sense.
The number of hands gambled.
This method is the best option for online poker. The number of hands you have gambled in poker will help you decide just how well you are doing. Only a really good gambler can maintain a positive win rate over thousands of hands and that is what you need to be meeting to move up in limits.
The standard checkpoint for the number of hands you have gambled with is 100 000. This should go up or down depending on your current limit. For small stakes, you could review your progress after 50 000 hands. But higher stakes require a minimum of 100 000.
Moving up before this is the reason a lot of gamblers fall short when they make the switch. If you are serious about progressing through the limits, you should take your time to ensure that you have the edge for the next table.
Hours at the table.
For live poker, the main metric for measurement is hours played. The exact amount is up for debate, but the average is around 500 hours. In terms of hands, that’s around 15 000. The best way to keep track is to take down the hours and record how many times you win. Once you have completed several hours of gambling, you can determine if your win rate is high enough to move up or stay within the current limits. Moving down might even be the best option.
The amount you win compared to the amounts of times you have gambled. This rate can help you determine if the next table up will be worth the jump. With enough analysis, you might even find that lower limit tables have a higher chance of profit than some higher limit games.
Take accurate records and you will be able to accurately determine where you will be able to make the most profit.
When to move down.
Moving up the limits can be fun, exciting at times. But it’s players that have the discipline to move down when it is needed that lose less money than others.
If you are carrying 50 buy ins into your higher limit game, you should move down when you drop to about 45 or 40 buy ins. This is an easy method to determine when to move down. Once you have enough to hold 50 buy ins at the higher table, you can then move back up.
Sticking to this can make moving up and down easier and make your time at the table more worth your while.
Gamble safely and responsibly.
Most of the advice above requires a lot of time to be able to make accurate predictions for your performance at a table. However, it is important to remember that gambling, in all its forms, is addictive. It is crucial that if you gamble, you do it responsibly.