Originally Posted by Arjonius
It's not the best idea in the world to pick which stakes level you play based on the size of your BR, and even more so if you skip levels based on money you binked in a tournament. Doing so ignores whether you have the ability to move up.
It's not impossible to jump up a couple of levels and break even or win. But do you think your chances of doing so at nl10 are better if you jump up or if you prove you're a solid winner first at nl2 then nl5?
Listen to this man. When I got my first 1k+ score, I also jumped from not beating 10PLO to playing many variants of 25PLO(5 card, hi/lo, courchevel etc). I thought everyone was bad at these levels so I jumped but I was bad as well so I got smashed down back to my original BR after a while.
You may see some short term success but probably not a good idea to stay there just because you are rolled if you start bleeding money(which happened to me)
I don't know about cash to sng/sng to cash. I don't think I am good enough to win beyond micros at NL cash currently and haven't touched it in a while. But if you are a decent tournament player, you should be able to adjust to SNG play pretty easily imo. The one thing that I have trouble adjusting properly to is the bubble play because ICM is so significant in SNG, especially single table ones.
That said, micro buyin SNGs are very soft and even without close to optimal ICM decision making around the bubble, you should still be able to beat it handily by just doing some on the fly ICM considerations. Wouldn't hurt to give the lower buyins a shot imo.