So lately I've realized that table selection is not just important in ring games, but in SNGs too. You can't judge the table yet unless you happen to know the players who are signing up, but you can choose from the myriad of types of games available.
ChuckTs, a few others, and I had some great discussions about the merits and disadvantages of turbos, and after a lot of thought and some experimentation I realized that the convenience and speed of turbos did not make up for the more erratic play, larger random component, and sometimes lesser learning experience.
ChuckTs also seems to have a penchant for the short table, though, which I'd played on Titan awhile back but I hadn't really tried since I started learning poker seriously. Anyway, I agreed with him that it's hard to get a read on 8-9 poker players at once only to have 3-4 of them disappear before you even really start playing, and after I tried a few 6-max SNGs I decided I quite liked them. It also partially made up for the loss of speed from switching to non-turbos.
Finally, on this message board and others, people have espoused the fishiness of players of Party Poker
. While I enjoy the features and quality of player at Pokerstars, my goal right now is to build a bankroll by playing many SNGs, so I am looking for relatively winnable games.
I found Party to have a lot of loose/aggressive, loose/passive, and generally low quality players, but in the 10-player game I almost have to sit out for a half hour to avoid facing all-in bets from yahoos who might either have gotten lucky with their hole cards and drawn AA or decided that now is the time to make their stand with J5o. Meanwhile, the $20+2 6-max was just a little too high quality for me to start making money right away before I adjust to the format -- eg, you'd still have all 6 people left with 100/200 blinds.
I've learned a lot about SNG selection, which is great, but now it's time to buckle down and master a type. With all that in mind, I eventually settled on the 6-max $10+1 at Party
. I'm re-starting my count for consistency, but I'll do it in this thread rather than starting a new one as I think there are probably some lessons to be learned in my experiences so far.