The money that a person has set aside specifically for playing poker.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Players often choose to wager only a portion of their bankroll in a given session, keeping a portion in reserve for future play. A bankroll should be of sufficient size to withstand the downward side of the variation that is expected for a particular stakes and a particular style of play. For example, the higher variance caused by aggressive play would require a larger bankroll.
EXAMPLE: "I played at a higher stakes game than I should have played in given the size of my bankroll, and I lost it all after a series of unlucky hands."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
To sponsor a player; to provide a poker player funds with which to enter a tournament or play a ring game, typically in exchange for a pre-determined percentage of any winnnings.
EXAMPLE: "Chris Moneymaker's father and another friend bankrolled him for the trip to the 2003 World Series of Poker tournament. When he came in first place, they shared in the winnings."