Originally Posted by BIGGCRASH
Never really thought of it that way. I will definitely start with the max from now on. Thanks I really appreciate all the comments and advice.
Its not bad to start out with a short-stack, just have a reason for doing it. I play a lot of 4-max tables, where everyone plays laggy as hell, and 250+ bb's deep. So I buy in for 100, because playing with deep money against unpredictable opponents really sucks, and I like to be able to 4-bet or 5-bet stuff like 99/AQ.
You need a reason for buying in for $4, and fear isn't a good reason. If you think you play better postflop than your opponents (and you should if you're at the table) then you should be buying in for the full amount. If you're more used to playing tournaments, then buying in for $4 is fine, as that plays more like a tournament. Everyone is always so quick to tell you to buy in full, but often as a beginner it might be better to play half stacked. Just try to think about why you're buying in for the stack size you're choosing.