re: Poker & Step 3 ticket at full tilt
Pre "BF", I used to play the $75 matrix as well, but post "BF", they are damn near impossible to find enough players for. The $26 matrixs still fill up easily.
The 45plyr SNG's at the $26 buy-in were really tough fields when I played them. There were 'alot' of people in them who multi-tabled 4,5,6 of them at once. And if you looked up their stats online, it was obvious they were successful at them.
The $26 matrix is a better option for bankroll building if that is what you are trying to do.