Originally Posted by JMcCabe
Definitely no lower than $2+0.20 imo. You don't want to be paying 20% rake at the $1 levels ($1+0.20).
TBH, if you're somewhat experienced in SNGs and the money is replaceable, I'd suggest playing $5+0.50 on a smaller network with less competition than FT (say Bodog if you're in the US, or a tonne of options if you're non-US) with a cutoff if your bankroll dips to $150. Also, spend some time researching optimal strategies for the game (ICM and bubble play, for example).
If that happens, go down to the $2+0.20 SNGs. Whatever you do, don't play a $10+1 if you go on a $5 losing streak. Remove everything >$5 from the lobby to help remove the temptation.
Unless you're a pro playing for a living, 100 buy-ins in a bit excessive in my opinion. Just make sure you set specific cutoff level and actually stick to them.
I'd agree with this ^
If you're playing on Fulltilt & don't have much experience, I'd actually put a bit of time in playing the 70cent SNG sattys where Top3 win $2.20. It's a cheap way to gain some experience (there's actually some good super micro players in them... mixed in with some REALLY bad freeroll cashers). I've played a handful for fun & was also curious what the play in them would be like (I actualy have a program that tracks stats. & interestingly enough, there'd be 2 sometimes 3 reguarly winning players in them with 200-500games played, making decent profit & high ROI.
Then I'd spend a bit of time on the $2's... & if you're beating them, move up to the $5's. If you start losing, drop back down.
I don't think I'd ever consider playing anything lower than the $3's. (imo the 70cent sng's on Fulltilt are better to play than the $1's on Stars by a longshot).
I don't think you need a zillion buyins if you're a recreational player (2-tabling at the most).