Originally Posted by bubbasbestbabe
How do antes figure in for this?
Where do you find community card limit ring games with 'antes' ....
I like to go with 2x the capped rounds, where the $25 comes closest in a 50/100 Holdem game. Since I play mostly stud ring, I have to allow for 5 capped betting rounds (x2) and the antes (which is minimal for all pratical purposes). That puts a 'stud/razz/etc' buy-in at around $45 for 50/100.
IMO, the purpose of putting up at least a 2x capped rounds is that other players know you are not running as a shortie and cannot generally be chip-bullied. You are also not going back to chip-up every hand.
At a live limit table, I buy 1 rack (100 chips) and table stake at least $100 cash in bills. Clarifies to the table of my intent to stay and play.
I've also run into the monster stack players online like your $900 example and have seen 4 digits as well. My guess is that the majority of players over-stacking are not normally limit players, and may be easy marks. The rest are most likely ego-maniacs, under-(one of many possible)-influences, posting notice that we can expect to see the lukboxes extraordinaire trying to buy every pot, or a few other minor (often rather pointless) reasons.