Why Good Bankroll Management Is Essential

Why Good Bankroll Management Is Essential

Effective bankroll management is in essence recognising, increasing and optimising the value of the activity while constantly minimising the risk involved.  The first part may be slightly more tricky than what it seems like when first starting out, but once it has been mastered, the proverbial treasure is in the bag.

Recognising Potential Value

It is true that one swallow does not a summer make.  Learning to recognise value is mastered only by extensive research coupled with ongoing experience.  In essence:  one has to learn how to recognise a potentially favourable outcome.  An excellent starting point is to find a strategy that matches your particular style of playing.  There is little use in playing a game that you don’t actually enjoy.  Find your fun – the rest will follow.

Once you have identified a potential match as far as games go, apply your mind to the available strategies.  Start out by trying various strategies, then narrow the most effective ones down to a few favourites.  This will ensure that you have a clear idea of the scope of all that has been tried and tested by players across the board of expertise.

Input Vs. Potential Returns

Once you have identified and recognised the value, it is time to decide exactly how much to wage on the game over a pre-determined period of time.  This is also known as minimising the financial risk.  There are a number of tried and trusted ways to go about this.

Maintaining Percentage

Let’s not be coy about it: it’s easy to get carried away when on a winning streak.  Successful bankroll managers know that no matter how conservative you play, nothing quite eats into a bankroll like consecutive losses.  This is why it’s important to know your financial limits.  Not setting a limit, or being unaware of your true financial limitations will in the end only result in having a clear indication of exactly how you went about in order to lose all your money.  Set the limit – and stick to it.

What Are You Willing And Able To Lose?

When determining the percentage of your total bankroll that you are willing to place on any given NRL premiership betting opportunity (and in any game, for that matter), it is vital to realise first and foremost that you should never wage what you are not willing to lose.

Knowing When To Quit

Knowing when to quit is crucial when managing your bankroll successfully.  It is never wise to attempt to chase your losses, having lost the percentage of bankroll that you initially set aside for one session of play.

Knowing when to quit does not only relate to knowing when to cut your losses and walk away, but also knowing when to collect your winnings and leave.  Few things are as heartbreaking as making a small fortune only to lose it all as a result of reckless playing.  In this regard, a time constraint is very helpful.  Do not overstay your welcome.