Originally Posted by pfb8888
i disagree if your just beginning you should buy in for 50 bb at most because you are the fish and others will stack you ...and you will be more likely to call one of their bluffs if it only costs you 50 versus 200 or more...you might even want to consider<50 until you feel more comfortable at that level...learn cheaply.
This is just poor thinking. You also make a big assumption that SteveG is a poor poker player just because he plays 2nl.
Also, I don't see how you would be more likely to call a bluff with 50 chips and not 200? Wouldn't you call with more just in case you are wrong and you'd still have a stack to play with? If a player bluffs for 49 of his 200 chips are you going call with 49/50 chips just because you have a short stack and leave 1 chip behind if you lose? I'm not quite following the logic here. If anything, you'll be playing much more tighter waiting for big hands, which means you're likely to get pushed around a lot more.
Lets see, if you buy-in for 100BBs+, you have room to manuever, can make plays back at opponents, profit a lot more/get paid off more for your big hands, can take a few hits to the stack and still be ok, open your hand range a bit more. As a short-stack of 50BBs or less, you're pretty limited. You don't have as much manueverability, its hard to make certain plays like resteal shoves (esp. if you're really short), you're most likely playing very tight and waiting for big hands, more likely to get bluffed off of hands, you can be easily pushed around by big stacks. If you lose a lot more in profits from big hands when you win....
As for OP: Buy-in for at least 100BBs, more at lower limits if you wish but nothing less than 100BBs.