Originally Posted by fletchdad
2% vs 5%. Am I understanding this right? If my BR is $29 (it is) I cant enter $1 SnG and be exorcising good BRM? I was at $75, lost a lot of it in cash games, and had a few people suggest I go SnG till my game get stronger. Fixed limit and all. But I only have 29 left? I didnt think my site - PKR - has SnGs under a dollar, maybe they do, I will look. by 2% you mean of my total BR as my max buy in? So 50$ b4 I play a $1 SnG?
Oh yea, I am on temporary hiatus till I get my ordered copy of Colin Moshmanns Sit and Go Strategy, probaly Monday, and read it, I read quick, so Ill be trying my luck again in a week or so. The info Ive gotten in the internet is obviously not enough. Ill be posting as soon as I am back on the tables. On the other hand, can I take it away that long????? maybe 1-2 a day??? Man I just love the game......
few comments to this ^
Moshmann's books is good for sure... BUT if you search around on the internet there's no way you could say that what is out there isn't enough (there is a VAST amount of info. out there, enough to fill a 1,000 books).
With the 'book'... you read fast... great. To absorb it & put it into play, to have it become part of the intuitive process,... << this takes time. You might be better off to read the book slowly?? (or fast then again more slowly... who knows??).
I think you may have misunderstood something that others related to you in regards to why it'd be a good idea to start out by playing 1-table SNG's & then consider cash game later on. I don't believe they were suggesting this "until your game gets stronger". Sure both are NLHE, 'but' they're both played quite a bit differently (a common mistake you'll see by SNG rookies is that they play the game as if they were sitting on cash tables (& vice versa btw). There are distinct levels in a SNG that are dictated by the ever-increasing blinds & the table becoming short-handed as as the play progresses. There are many plays/tactics/strategy that directly relates to SNG's in their various stages so to relate this to 'needing to get my game stronger prior to playing the cash tables' is like saying, "I shouldn't eat apples until I get better at peeling oranges. Once I'm pretty competent at peeling oranges then I will get onto eating apples" (< get what I'm saying?).
As far as a $29 bankroll not being large enough for $1 sng's. Well.. actually it isn't... but at the same time 'it is'. Something one should 'strongly' consider when playing micro buyin SNG's is the size of the tourney fee in relation to the buyin,... if it is 20%+ the game will not likely be profitable to play in the longrun (10% is standard at higher buyins, & on some sites in the micros as well). Playing above a $1 buyin SNG would be too much with a $29 roll for sure (with $76 or whatever, it would've been good.. BUT if the tourney fee was/is smaller on the $2 sng's, then I'd recommmend playing them instead).
As far as OP's question goes... 2% or 5%. "It depends". Is it easy for you to re-deposit? Do you want to try to build an online poker bankroll by only depositing once? (or winnning a freeroll or however you came about initiation your roll). IF so, then stick to the 50buyin rule (incidentally, for MTT's it's recommended that you have a min. of 100buyins).
Something to think about >>>> you could play 100 sng's and be running with ROI ~15%+ (a decent winning player) and easily have a 15-20 streak of games with ZERO cashes (might sound extreme if you don't have many games under your belt at this point in time.... but this is actually quite common. You'll be playing 'A' game, (could even be running HH's thru SNG Wiz & see you got your chips in good 100% of the time, with only deviations being player read based as SNG Wiz is not 'always' completely right), then getting it in as HUGE favourite during bubble play (80/20's,.. where you're re-shipping with a big pr. over a raise, getting called down by smaller pair and losing (ie. KK < 44, AA < JJ, QQ < 99, etc.), and have this happen to you many times in-a-row. It is because of this stuff (variance) that you MUST follow decent bankroll management (quote, "Even the very best poker player would not be a winning player if they didn't follow bankroll management" << I don't recall who said that, but that is quoted word-for-word... besides, I'm sure most pros will/would say this).
Something to consider though when playing the lowest micro buyin SNG's, you'll often be better off playing the $2 buyins on sites where the $2's have only a 10% tourney fee, compared to a 20%+ tourney fee for the $1 sngs.
.... okay I think that's it for now