how much should my bankroll be?
okay, this is my first thread on this so hopefully it goes not too shabbily haha. i have played poker for just under a year, i like to think i can be quite good when i am thinking clearly etc. i play at pokerstars
and i used to just play cash games as well as sng's but in the past month i started to play tournaments and had some decent results. i usually play 1, 2 or 3 dollar buy ins and anything higher i usually satellite to. i have played in two 27 dollar tourny's in the past week that i did that for like 1 or 2 dollars. i done okay but seeing as they aren't turbo, which is what i am good at, i struggled a bit at the step up and playing a touch scared poker.
anyway sorry for the long intro basically a couple of weeks ago i had zero in my account but had been doing quite well at the casino and winning there after night's out. i used fpp's to enter a satellite and got into the Sunday Storm. cashed for $38 and fluctuated between $50 and $10 until i finally started playing really well and cashed in quite a few tourny's in the day including a $213 for coming 4th/ just under 1,000 in a rebuy tourny. so i got $0 up to $250 then withdrew $200. the next day i just didn't cash in anything and then went back to cash table and couldn't get anything going and lost that. i then put in just over $30 to play in tourny's again and was staying just below it until i got bored and decided to buy in with my last $15 to a heads up. i lost with AK against 10's going all in pre. i then preceeded to promptly put in another $33 and split it over 2 tables. my friend came round and i was put off and tilted it away- i know it's not rakes but annoyed me as i managed to build up from much less.
anyway basically my question is what kind of bankroll should i have to play 1, 2 and 3 dollar buy in tourny's? should i avoid all heads up as i can sometimes tilt unless i have a massive cash and boost bankroll? should i also avoid cash games and concentrate on tourny's? and is my strategy correct of using satellites as a means to aim at higher stakes? cheers.
also, after a very good upswing where i made money for Xmas presents etc. i haven't been winning as much online or at homegames etc. think i might be on a bit of a downswing? how can i stop this and get confidence back? cheers for reading this haha but i love poker and will answer others too!!