Thanks for the responses... Believe me dufferdevon, I understand. I don't have much of a bankroll either, and I have played the clock once or twice back when I first saw folks doing it.
I do realize that it's valid - the clock is part of the game.
But I'm really thinking more of strategy. Dufferdevon's comments about a low-stakes buy-in game are good. I can see that if you're close to the bubble and seriously short-stacked, you might be just hoping for your stake back so you can try again at another table. And definitely the big stacks are gonna be pushing at that point.
However, a couple of comments:
If the big stacks see you playing the clock, they're MORE likely to push -- they know you're worried about making the bubble and so won't call off with anything but the biggest monster hands. So you'll clock out each time but be guaranteed to lose your blinds as well. If you're stack is middlin' at least, you're better off showing that you're not afraid to play a strong (but not necessarily monster) hand.
And in the dimes-payout FR - it makes absolutely no sense at all. Not only because of the fact that you're not losing any money, but because it's just not good odds
strategy (IMO). You let yourself get blinded down to the point that it will be nearly impossible to advance beyond the 20-40 cent level of win, so you set the stage for meager winnings. I think that in the long run, over several tourneys, if you actually play
your hands in that situation, you'll be more likely to accumulate enough chips to get you a greater payout. If you can make it to the $1 level in one tourney, that's worth more than 3 at the 30-cent level. What are the odds of making it to the money on 3 FR?