Bankroll management for backgammon

bankroll bgWhen backgammon players talk about bankroll the term can have two different meanings. It can either be the amount of money brought to the table for a specific gambling session, or it can be the amount of money you have set aside for backgammon play.

Regardless of whether you are playing backgammon, poker, bridge or any other game for real money, it is always a good idea to have a separate stash of money that is firmly dedicated to that game. This way, you will be less likely to gamble for more than you can afford. Also, you don’t have beat yourself up if you lose the money. After all, that was money that had already been taken out of your ordinary budget and placed in your gambling bankroll.

The size of your backgammon bankroll should be taken into account when you decide which level to play on. A bankroll should be large enough to last even if you hit a streak of losses. Backgammon is a game where both skill and luck are important, and your success can fluctuate a lot over time. To make things worse, many beginners move up way too fast, both in terms of bet level and when it comes to how highly rated opponents you play against.

Below, you will find a few suggestions regarding bankrolls. In general, a skilled backgammon player can get by with a smaller bankroll while a beginner should increase the bankroll recommendations below a bit to provide some extra cushioning.

Suggested bankroll for match games

Type of match game Suggested bankroll
3 point 30-35 times the stake you’re playing
5 point 20-25 times the stake you’re playing
7 point 15 times the stake you’re playing
9 point 10 times the stake you’re playing

bankrollSuggested bankroll for money games

Compared to match games, money games tend to have more variance. Because of this, a larger bank roll is recommended. A good rule of thumb is 300 x wager per point. This means that if you play for $2 per point, your bankroll should be $600. If your bankroll is smaller than this, step down to a more appropriate bet level. If for instance your bankroll is $300, you should not play for more than $1 per point.

If the money games are played without automatically doubling cube, for a low limit and against a passive opponent, you may allow yourself a somewhat smaller bankroll than 300 x wager per point.