# Decrease in utility playing in same stakes (I stop caring about the amount of winning after some time)

I am a new player, playing microstakes. I recently came across this problem. I started from the smallest blinds possible 0.01/0.02. I was a small winning player for a couple of days, then I started not caring about the small stakes and lost. Then I moved to 0.02/0.05 and again was a winning player for a couple of days before the winnings looked small and I tried playing more and more weak hands and so lost. In short, after playing in some stakes for some time, the winnings start to look very small and I start to not care. How would you address this issue?

Solution: What I think can help is have a goal relative to the buy-in or BB. So question arises: How much is normally considered to be a good winning?

• If you are losing then that is clearly not the goal. Apr 13, 2016 at 1:49

Stop thinking of it as "I won 1\$, that's not much" and start thinking of it as I won a buy-in or two buy-ins. Start asking yourself what you want to use poker for? If you're playing cash games and want to play them for the sake of earning a side income or main income you need to change that attitude. You need to decide in x months I want to be player y level so will need a bankroll of z. If you're only playing for fun and can't take that level serious, just ignore the rest of the advice, throw in some money onto your account and play something like .25/.50 or .50/1. Where the money might mean something to make you focus.

A good rule of thumb for cash games is to have at least a minimum of 20(ideally 30+) buy-ins for the limit. So for a .01/.02, assuming you buy-in for 50bbs or 1\$ you will want at least 20\$ to play that level.

When you know you should have at least 20+ buy-ins for a level use that as a gauge what your goals should be. If you want to move up to .02/.05 you should have at least 50\$.

Now the 20\$ and the 50\$ I've said I would actually advise more, they're like literally the minimum, but if you're on the bad side of variance for awhile it wouldn't take long to eat your bankroll.