Originally Posted by Poker Orifice
I actually have the opposite concern/problem - - I'm a HUGE bankroll NIT and have often stayed playing in buyins too low for my bankroll and actually have better results in marginally higher buyin levels...
Another weird thing for myself (just read something similiar in another thread on here somewhere)... in live tourneys I have no problem with spending $75 to $350 in a heartbeat but online I feel like it's mandatory to satellite into anything over $25 buyin. It's insane,.... I hoard my online poker bucks like a security blanket.
Interesting. I'm the same way but have never thought that might be a problem until now.
The method behind my madness is frequency of play and the actual size of my live and online poker bankrolls, which I keep separate. I usually play live once a month for a couple of days--a tourney or 2 ($50-$80-$100 buy-ins) and cash games (sitting down with $150-$200 to start). My live BR covers that adequately, as well as a cushion if I happen to be running cold. I also have a stop loss limit. I must be doing that OK because I've netted a profit for the last 3-4 years.
Online is totally different. My online BR is no where near the size of my live one. No way could I play at the stakes I do live. Online I generally play at least one tourney a day,if not more, and cash games an average of 3-4 times a week. I play below my BR (about half of what I "should" be)because I am still struggling with my ROI and effective online play which is so different from live. While I must be getting somewhat better because I haven't had to deposit in quite some time, I still feel like I'm treading water.
For me, there is also a psychlogical factor. In the past, I found that when my BR took a serious dive I would start to play in desperation mode which compounded the problem.
Writing all this out is helping me look at the situation more objectively. Yes, I confess--I hoard my online BR like a security blanket too. I'm actively playing with half and the other half sits in my online accounts like in a piggy bank gathering no interest. Maybe it's a rainy day kind of mentality? Or, as Poker Orifice said, is it plain and simple insanity?!