Originally Posted by 2huskys
kk Im only playing single table sngs as well and howcome chris ferguson only suggests 5% of your roll. I dont no what to play to be honest. micro cash games are insane with variance massive swings every day i was playing heads up sngs as well for a bit but the suckouts are the same and i can only play one table at a time. <br>
The thing about the Chris Ferguson 5% of roll rule is that it is assuming you have an appropriate roll for the stakes. If at any point your roll drops below the threshold so that you can buy in 20 times, you are supposed to drop down a level. Since you are already at the lowest stakes (at Full Tilt), there is nowhere to drop down to. This means that HIS bankroll management plan says a 20 buyin swing in SNG or cash ring is very possible and is planned for.
Keep in mind also that Chris Ferguson is one of the top pros and has been playing poker for decades. For someone that might not have as strong a game as him the swings would probably be larger. This is why it's important to formulate your own bankroll management plan based on what you know of yourself.
There are two things to consider here:
1) You may not be as good as you think you are. I don't mean to be harsh or condescending or come off as a jerk, but you may want to review your games a bit more and particularly those hands in which you said you were second best -- to see if there was any way you could have played the hand differently.
2) A 20 buyin swing is very possible, even if you ARE as good as Chris Ferguson. So if you are that confident in your game, then just keep playing and things should go on the upswing eventually. Since you probably AREN'T as good as Chris Ferguson, you may want to have something like at least 30-40 buyins for protection from SNG swings.
A final thought...
paying 20% in rake per SNG is pretty atrocious. This also makes it much harder to beat the $1.20 SNG's. As a result, if SNG is your favored game, you may want to deposit or play freerolls
until you have a bankroll that can sustain you at least at the $2.25 SNG level. This means having a roll of around $50-75. At least that way you are getting a little better value for your money with respect to rake.