re: Poker & Low buy in Turbos - When to Push?
There's definitely a big difference between like the $3s and the $16s at stars. People just plain play differently, and you have to adjust. I'd say the variance is like 10x higher in the lower limit because of people's crazy calling ranges. Making any profit long-term is such a grind.
One thing that is different is that you have, say, %40 loose players on average in the $16s. Targeting the other tighter players for blind steals makes it a whole lot easier. In the $3s, you've probably got the exact opposite - %60 or %70 loose players, and in order to steal successfully, you either have to pick up a solid hand or get lucky (by winning as a dog, or by avoiding a call from your opponents).
The players at the micros also play just...well, differently. For example:
Weak/loose villain limps utg, 2 more limp behind, and a player with TT pushes his ~10BB stack. You fold your KQ, wait for a first-in opportunity, and save your tourney life.
Weak/loose villain limps utg, 3 more limp behind, and you decide to push your 10BB stack with KQ. Everyone folds, except the third limper who shows TT, and beats you.
I've seen countless odd things like this, and you have to adjust. Identify the calling stations, the rocks, and pick your spots. Make sure you don't get below that 10BB line too - if you do, stick your chips in the first favorable spot.