$0 to $1,000 – A step-by-step guide to building a bankroll with zero risk of ruin [eBook]

February 17, 2017

One of the most common questions I get asked by my readers is which strategy should they use to build their bankroll. Building a bankroll involves understanding key poker and economic principles, and a hell of a strong work ethic but most poker players never crack the code.

Consistently building a bankroll, and thus allowing yourself to play in higher and higher stakes, is in my opinion the best way to approach the game of poker but how can one develop this mindset and approach?

I decided to answer this question in in a downloadable eBook (PDF or Kindle) so anyone who dreams of playing poker full-time can learn the steps, strategies and fundamentals needed to achieve a risk-free approach to beating poker.

My eBook, titled $0 to $1,000 – a step-by-step guide to building a bankroll with zero risk of ruin, is aimed at the novice and intermediate poker player who struggles with growing a bankroll and moving up in stakes.

The eBook is just under 11,000 words and is divided into 4 main sections.

The first is the most important, the fundamentals. In this section I cover key lessons in building a bankroll that I’ve learnt over the years. The lessons in this section will change the way you think about poker for the better.

The second section covers my main bankroll building strategies for cash and tournament players. In this section I walk you through the different steps you should follow to go from $50 to $200, $200 to $500 and all the way to a 4-figure bankroll and higher.

The third section contains 4 of my favorite blog posts from this blog. Each post covers a different area related to beating the game of poker and all 4 are very relevant to the topic of bankroll building and management.

I end the eBook with a Q&A section which contains a number of common questions around this topic.

Below I’ve included the table of contents of the eBook so you can see what is included.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • The Fundamentals of Growing a Poker Bankroll
    • What is a poker bankroll and why do I need one?
    • Only winning players can build a bankroll
    • Building a bankroll from scratch takes a long time
    • Risk-averse vs. risk-seeking
    • The number of buy-ins matters
    • The size of your bankroll is relative
    • Your poker goals matter
  • The System – The Fundamentals
    • Building a system which automatically grows your bankroll
    • The missing pieces of the puzzle
    • Make sure you have $50 – $100 in your bankroll
    • If you’re just getting started don’t withdraw or sell any piece of your bankroll
    • Risk no more than 5% of your bankroll in a single tournament
    • Don’t play too many tables
  • The System – The Tournament Player’s Version
    • The Start
    • The Middle
    • The End
  • The System – The Cash Game Player’s Version
    • The Start
    • The Middle
    • The End
  • Blog Posts from The Great Grind
    • 4 poker traps that are keeping you from moving up in stakes
      • The “roller coaster ride” bankroll trap
      • The “multi-game” trap
      • The “I’m happy where I am” trap
      • The “I’m a slow learner” trap
    • The Poker Skill Pyramid
    • The 3 best ways to stop tilting at the poker table
      • Tilt control tip #1 – The 1,000x rule
      • Tilt control tip #2 – Prepare for the worst
      • Tilt control tip #3 – Lock-down mode
      • Conclusion
    • Lower your poker variance with these three adjustments
      • What is poker variance and why should I care?
      • The three adjustments that will lower your variance instantly
  • Q&A
    • Why should I play both SNGs and MTSNGs as part of the tournament player’s version of The System?
    • Is it alright if I add the occasional tournament to the mix if I’m a cash game player?
    • I’m considering using a backer who will invest in me and take a portion of my profits, what are your thoughts on this?
    • Your strategy is very conservative. A lot of other poker players recommend a much more aggressive approach. Who should I listen to?
    • Which tools should I use to help me manage my poker bankroll?
    • What do I do if I’m not a winning poker player?
    • I got lucky and won more than $5,000 in a single tournament, what do you recommend I do with my winnings?
    • I have a few questions about this eBook, where can I get in touch with you?

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of my eBook (only 10 bucks) then click the button below. Alternatively you can download a free sample by clicking on the button in the sidebar.


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Thanks, and good luck at the tables.

Justin Butlion

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Welcome to my blog. My name's Justin Butlion and I'm the owner of The Great Grind. At The Great Grind I share my thoughts on beating the game of poker. The blog covers poker strategy, game theory, poker related statistics and the psychology needed to grind out consistent profit at micro and low stakes online poker.
  • http://www.blackrain79.com/ Nathan Williams

    Congrats on the book Justin, nice website also, some solid articles on here.

    • http://www.yotpo.com/ Justin Butlion

      Thanks a lot Nathan. It means alot coming from you. I’m a big fan and have been following you for a few years already.

      • https://habitpokerblog.com/ habitpokerblog.com

        my two favorite blog-writer in one conversation.
        x-Mas comes early this year!
        Great work