Poker when to move up?

Hey there! I'm thinking of moving up in poker, but I'm not quite sure if I'm ready. When should I move up to higher stakes?

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Moving up to higher stakes or a larger buy-in level is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make as a poker player. If you do it at the wrong time, your poker bankroll may experience catastrophic consequences. Needless to say, you should carefully consider your personal poker situation before you decide to climb the higher stakes. Here are some of the scenarios you can consider as illustrated in the article below:

When You are Bored With Low Stakes 

There are many free-to-play poker games online as well as those with low buy-ins. They are good venues to hone your skills and to develop your strategies. However, there will come a time when you'd feel bored in these micro stake games as the biggest rewards you can get are double-digit prizes. So, if you no longer enjoy small-stake tournaments and if you have a reliable source of income to replace your funds regularly, then go ahead and play poker at higher stakes.

When You are a Weekend Warrior With No Other Time to Play Poker

You may be one of the ever-busy poker players who only have a few hours to spare in the weekends. If this is the case, then playing in higher stakes is the logical step for you so that you can maximise your time. As long as you are willing to take the risk and you have the skills, then go ahead and put more money on your weekend games.

When You are Consistently Winning at Low Stakes

The more you play poker, the more you find out that there are particular games that you can consistently win. For instance, you may find that after some time, you consistently win £10 cash games and £5 tournaments. You are even good enough to establish a win rate for yourself. If you have an average of above £100 profit per week, then it would only make sense to climb up the higher stakes. 

However, keep in mind that online players have become more and more competitive and skilled. When you go online and the higher the stakes you play, you will encounter a lot of players with impressive skills. Needless to say, it would be helpful if you hone your poker skills first. Here is an article you might find useful in developing your skills:

When You Have Developed Advanced Poker Skills

There is a big difference between a poker hobbyist and an earning player. Those who play poker online for fun have enough skills to win considerable amounts of money. However, there are thousands of other players just like them. So, it is highly likely, that they may put a hole in their bankroll. On the other hand, advanced poker players have the ability and skills to maintain a significant and consistent cash flow in online poker. These skills are not the type that you get from reading basic articles online. It takes a reasonable amount of time and money to develop the skills that are way higher that what thousands of other poker players have.

Players in higher stakes also know how to do the math. Needless to say, you should only move up when you have gained enough skills to beat players with beginner to intermediate poker knowledge.