Yes this is generally a true statement, but keep in mind that for the
average player it is more important to keep a close eye on the 10%
bank roll factor.
Poker pros often have a built in monitor what keeps check on bank
roll erosion. This is from having lost so many bank rolls. lol
But going to a 5/10 table with $50 can also be a honey hole because
''some'' players do get lucky.
More importantly, than just looking for a $1 table buy-in, is the fact
that you should at all times, anyway... watch the chip stacks when
joining any table regardless of the buy-in:
Avoid joining tables where you come in at $50 dollars, and sitting
all around you are $1500, $12,500, $3,032, $7,203, $5,920 and
so on, with the other 8 players. You may think them to be a source
of vitamins, but they will bust you out, and you can't experiment
because of your short stack, so don't even think about joining.
No matter how smart, how good a player you are, a short stack
carries with it penalties that no player can bridge. This is even
more important when you start to sit at a casino table, where the
hubbub and chatter can make you forget to look at the chip stacks
before you sit. Then there may not be many seats available
in the entire room. Just tell the sign-in manager that you want to
wait for another table not filled with hogs!
They don't like that: They want you to sit where they tell you
to sit quite often. Don't tell them to get stuffed, just tell the
young lady or fella that you are not joining that table: OR you will
have to increase your buy-in amount, increasing your liabilities.
Ignoring this, will make you the buy-in king at any table and you
will be loved by all. You'll never get a stack going either, unless
you are extremely lucky.
Write the book, "How to go broke $50 dollars at a time." Nobody
will buy it, cause we've all been there.
Watch the chip stacks before you sit. Go to tables that have
about the same as you're playing with, and watch the occasional
big stack bully like a HAWK.
Careful about calling his raises... When you play against big stacks
try to play ''high card poker'' and avoice trying to pull out a
straight with 2,3 offsuit, unless it is a unsought opportunity, stick
to highest cards to inflict more punishment against big stacks,
especially until you get some chips built up. Playing compromising
cards will win, but eventually you'll lose more over long term.
When I start with $50 buy-in. I'm very careful about the other
stacks not being too big. I've had to wait for upwards of 2 hours
to get to a "nominal" table to play.
This is another form of bank management.
PokerCoach of Dallas