What I have learned rampaging.
First, I look at rampaging as a style of poker. You intentionally go to a table short stacked, hit and run to the next level, etc. I thought it would be interesting to try and it was within my bankroll to play it as much as I wanted. I actually have done well at it and thought I would share some of what I have learned about ring games and playing this style.
-I look at these as playing a $5 SnG. If that game is not within your bankroll then don't play this style at that level. I personally don't do the tapping off to keep me close to the min buy-in. It makes it decieving how much you have invested. All or none for me.
-Once I have doubled the min buy-in I move up and bank the rest. I finish with $11.45, I only take $10 to the next level and profit the $1.45. In doing that, I can sometimes make back the $5 I started with. You are not always losing the $5 you start with every time. I have busted and still made money.
-Knowing when to bank and start over. I set a max at $40. If I make it to that level, I quit and start over. I know you can keep rolling but turning $5 into $40 is a nice afternoon of playing.
-Keep stats. I created a spread sheet that shows how I did each session. I track how many times I clear that level and do a running %. Profits per attempt. Profits for each level. etc. This is the only way to truely see if you are making money at it.
Playing the small stack.
-You have to be the aggressor when playing. The big stacks will put you all-in alot to try and push you off pots. They give you respect when you throw it all-in. I don't just bomb all-in when I have a hand. I raise 3BB if first in. Play normal, don't be a donkey or you won't get action and everyone leaves.
-You really have to watch the pot and how much you bet. You bet to strong and you will not have enough left to give incorrect odds
on the next street. It has made me focus alot more on how much to bet on each street.
Learning to play at higher levels.
-Since I have started the contest, I have played at levels that I normally don't play. I think it is a good thing to get your feet wet at the next level and this one way to start doing it. I have enjoyed see what the skill level and play is at the next levels above what I want to play now. This will give me more confidence when I do decide to move up to that next level.
-This style does NOT help you really get better at playing. You don't have enough money in front of you to make too many bluffs since you will not have enough left to push around after the turn. That is why I say you have to be aggressive early. You don't have the money to make moves on the turn too often if you raise preflop and bet on the flop.
-You get some work on preflop play and flop play but that is about it.
-You do get a little rush of the double up so that make it alittle more fun.
-You really minimize your profits on the payoff hands. There have been several times I wished I had more in front of me when holding the nuts.
Overall I don't mind it but I don't think I will play it much longer. It is a style that is uncoventional in nature and takes advantage of some aspects of poker but also is a hinderance in others. I did it, learned some thing. I do think you could use it build up a bankroll but requires a very different style of discipline to pull it off. There are babystep to the process and if you don't have that self control you are just throwing money away.