Originally Posted by The Nuder
I've been playing poker online for about a year. (I have played offline in the past.) I've probably won over a dozen online tournaments with the biggest prize being $580 and probably half a dozen others over $100. I've also final tabled a reasonable amount and I got to the stage where I knew I'd be top 5% in most tournaments I played - if I played carefully.
The problem is I play low buy in tournaments and a top 5% finish often means covering stake or less only. The chance of the odd few hundred quid win isn't all that inspiring - if I then get bored and blow it.
I've noticed the quality of opposition seems much higher in a $20 plus buy in than a $5 buy in. Which makes sense.
I'm just wondering how to optimise my buy in. The reasoning is that I can probably play better against better opponents? If there aren't constantly 2 or 3 people at the table twitching to go all in at the first opportunity.
I guess I'm thinking out loud and just interested in what others found when they raised their buy in comittment?
it sounds to me you need to stick to slow blind levels, You wont get too many sketchy players going all in. This is very bad for good players who have alot of moves in their arsenal but dont play push or fold (I made the switch and never looked back)
I have exactly the same problem, for most parts i'l make 100-150 dollers on a good day and break even on a bad day grinding, this is no more than 4 tables.
Take for example friday I played from mid day till 10pm cashed around 230 dollers on 18 and 45 mans,
A. I got bored
B. I lost concentration.
C. I used all this money medium buy in tournaments, looking for the 4 figure cash.
I find it really hard to get motivated to grind for a few coins each day, im like at the end of a long week, looking at my bankroll and its only growing by 200-300 dollers - which for me is £200 tops not enough.
If I had a 2,500 bankroll I'd be over the moon, motivated playing 50NL and some 100NL on a strict bankroll making enough to come out of work.