Buy in cash games MAX amount?
I'm new to the forums, and relatively new to poker (a few months in). I'm here trying to improve my game.
In a recent thread, there was a comment by "robwhufc" advising the other member that it wasn't such a good idea for him [the other member] to be buying in the cash (ring) game for the minimum amount ($45'ish on a $.50/$1).
I wanted to get some insight on this, is it really best to buy in for the full amount as opposed to the min / middle?
Barry Greenstein writes:
"(1). There is a mathmatical edge when you have fewer chips than are needed to call all bets, since you can't be driven out of a hand when you are all-in. This is especially powerfull in no-limit... where it is much easier to play a short stack.
(3). You will not be targeted as a big winner, so others won't be afraid to play with you
(4). It is easier to limit losses
(5). When your stack is so short that you don't have enough money to play a hand you won't start with a weak hand...
(6). You have a better chance of keeping a hit-and-run artist at the table...
(8) If you are on a short bankroll, you must protect yourself from going broke."
For large buy-in's argument he states:
"maximum play on hands", "attract more opponents", "pick up more loose chips", "make it difficult for people to tell when you're losing", "play drawing hands more profitably"
In live cash-games I generally buy in for what I can afford to lose / get my hands on. But on FT (the only site I'm playing on so far) I only have a $100 bankroll. I made the foolish mistake of buying in for $100 my first time (should've just put up 500 and got some value out of that bonus) and lost it, then put up another hundred - and I've been struggling just keeping it even... I play in the .10/.25 N/L games, and I generally buy in for $10 ($15 shy of the max)... Obviously it hasn't been working out for me... or at least my bankroll hasn't been able to fade the suck-outs mixed with my bad plays. I'm trying to turn my $100 into a decent bankroll (500/1,000) before getting into any 1/2 NL games... I'd really love to be able to do it without having to add on 400 out of pocket.
What are your thoughts on this subject?