The chips we play with have no price but that doesn’t mean they have no value. The cost of losing them repeatedly is the time it takes to get more free chips. If your time is valuable to you, that should encourage you to learn how to not go broke.
Once upon a time, there was a monthly magazine called Gambling Times. Like many things, that magazine has passed away and is now only a memory. I mention this because one of the things that stuck with me from reading it was the magazine’s tag line, motto if you will. “Gamble WITH your head, not over it.” What they meant by that was to keep within your means. Players that are constantly broke and have to wait more than a few minutes for the next available refill of their “free chips” are ignoring the most basic thing about rational play: bankroll management. If your entire bankroll is on the table, a single mistake or miscalculation, or even simple pure bad luck sends you home wearing a barrel instead of your clothes.
The variety of stake levels here allows everyone the opportunity to play for stakes they can afford to lose at for several maximum buy ins before going broke–provided the player is doing anything beside just throwing chips away. If a player just throws their chips away, there is nothing that can be done to cure their problem until they decide to learn the game. This isn’t the lottery. Every ticket does NOT have the same chance to win. Even playing only the best starting cards cannot guarantee success at the end of the hand.
If a player has only 2500 starting chips, they really shouldn’t have more than a few hundred on the table at any one time. If they manage to double up, they should EXIT that game and bank their chips. Then they can return to that same level at a different table, and start over with that same few hundred chips. Then, when they grow those chips again, they should harvest them again. As their bank grows, they can afford to move up in stakes so their buy in stays proportional to their bankroll. This is the ONLY successful way to survive in poker. Play for stakes you can afford, limit your losses, bank your winnings and succeed.
Every serious player will decide how much of their bankroll they are comfortable risking at any given moment. Most of them end up deciding to risk NO MORE THAN 5% of their total bankroll on a whole game, NOT ON A SINGLE HAND.