re: Poker & stars double or nothings
I like these.
I'd play the $5, $10, and $20 games. I see absolutely no difference between $5 and $10 games. The $20 ones are a little tighter, but not incredibly different.
My #1 bit of advice is to avoid coin flips. In the non-turbo games you *must* win 55% of your games to make be profitable. If you ever risk your tournament life on a coin flip when you don't need to you are making a losing move.
My #2 bit of advice is to play the turbos. A lot of people dislike turbos because they feel it decreases skill, but seeing an extra 30 or so hands doesn't make a huge difference, and both turbos and non-turbos both end in the inevitably fold-or-shove situations.
The big advantage to turbo is that they charge *half* the rake. In $20 games you pay $.80 instead of $1.60, in $10 games you pay $.40 instead of $.80. Plus the turbos last 35 minutes as opposed to the 55 minutes a standard game takes. So not only are they cheaper, but you win significantly more per hour.