re: Poker & Buying into a NL Holdem game
Originally Posted by feitr
half way btwn min and max is just terrible. You don't have enough implied odds to play many hands/situations correctly but you are deep enough that you can't play short stacked and stack of much lighter. Either max or min (or close to min) and either play shortstacked or "normal".
Why? If you can play better than your opponents at 50 BBs, then buying in for that amount would be optimal, because there are a lot of marginal commitment problems that people playing 100 BBs deep will have trouble with. The thing is most people suck at deeper-stacked play, so usually your edge is at the max, but just because you aren't able to employ the main strategies of 20 or 100 BBs doesn't mean buying in for 50 BBs is terrible. It just requires a different strategy.
But to the OP, unless you're in an extremely tough game, you'll usually have the biggest edge playing deep, because it allows you the max amount of room to exploit your opponents. If you're playing in an extremely tough game where the players are better than you, buying in for the min is probably optimal because you have an inherent edge and less tough decisions.