Listen to WVH. Especially the part about playing with bad players and being frustrated by suckouts. If you can't beat bad players over the long haul, why do you think you can beat better players? The whole "they don't respect my raises" myth is just an excuse to lay the blame elsewhere.
That said, the part I do agree with (on a personal level) is that the reward at the penny stakes is unsatisfying. I shudder at the thought of grinding for hours on end to make a modest 5bb/hr winrate at those stakes. It's not fun to me. Even at 100bb/hr -- which is not sustainable -- it's just not an amount of money that is worth my time. Obviously that isn't true for everyone, so that part is a personal decision.
So you have to decide between your BR and your patience. If your patience cannot tolerate the return at the penny stakes, then pony up and fund a larger starting BR. And realize that your total BR is not necessarily just what you have online at any given moment, but what you're willing to commit to having online when you need it. So if you only want to keep say 20BI online but have 100BI on tap ready to be deposited immediately as needed, then that's fine.
Otherwise, if $150 is all you can possibly afford to lose, then you must find the patience to stick with the appropriate stake until you can build it up to move higher.
What you can't do (well, shouldn't do, but probably will anyway as do the vast majority of recreational players) is commit to only having a few BI's total and playing above your total BR. That is a recipe for failure and even greater dissatisfaction than suckouts by bad players.
Of course all of which is moot if you're a losing player to begin with. BRM as a concept is really only applicable to winning or at least break-even players. You can't manage a constantly shrinking bankroll. You'll either go busto and quit, or regularly deposit to keep it going which makes you a recreational player really no different than a common casino guest who plays the slots
for fun when he has some extra cash to burn.
Originally Posted by WVHillbilly
Really doesn't matter how good you are, with only 6BIs your risk of going broke it just too high.
Exactly. Even the best winning players can go on 10 or 20BI downswings. Pretty often actually. My all time record was a -30BI swing at 50NL. That one stung a bit.