Like they said, absolute call. A few more points I'd like to make.
First of all, why
are you playing @ 2 NL / 5NL. Seems to me it's much better to learn the game starting at 20 or 25 NL. The games there are soft enough to not get ran over like you would starting at 50NL, but also aggressive enough to get you the feel of cash games and what you need to improve.
Seems to me you're scared of playing, including with this topic. Confidence is a big part of your game, if you're afraid to play you'll make costly errors.
And yeah, buy in at 100BB, always!
Originally Posted by thepokerkid123
Except a little more than just a suggestion to buy in for 100bb, if you want to do well at poker, buy in for 100bb. There is absolutely no good reason to buy in for less, buying in short doesn't help BRM, it doesn't give you any edge, in fact it hurts both of those points. You should never start any hand with less than 100bb.
You know, there is actually a strategy to buy in 20BB's at higher levels, wait for TT-JJ+ or AK (and only those) and go all-in. I want to try that someday, for fun and for testing it, when my bankroll will permit.
work I think because people don't give short stacks any credit, because most of them are maniacs going all in with their 77 or AJ os. And the beautiful part is you can multi a whole lot of tables when you play that few hands.
I'm thinking this might be a good strategy before moving up in levels, since it will give you a certain image, and it will skew your stats as well, people might view you as a total nit when you do move up in that level and they have those hands in their database, and you can be a TAG/LAG they'd never expect.
I could be very wrong of course, but those are just thoughts that came to me now...