This is a discussion on Recommended Tourneys to Build Bankroll? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I'm wondering which types of tournaments and/or structures are best for grinding up a bankroll given no time constraints or other obligations.
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I'm wondering which types of tournaments and/or structures are best for grinding up a bankroll given no time constraints or other obligations.
I started playing poker about 3 months ago and have managed to run my bankroll up to about $300 from freerolls and super-micros. I am abiding by the 0.3% of bankroll ($1) ABI for MTTs and 1.0% of bankroll ($3) ABI for SNGs, although I admittedly play almost no SNGs.
I have mostly been playing the long late registration, large field tournaments (e.g., 4 - 6 hours of late registration with 1,000+ runners), and I am wondering if there may be better alternatives or at least some other good structures with which to supplement my daily sessions. I virtually never late register or buy back in to the tournament if I bust, but I've seen threads that strongly encourage rebuying and adding on (if possible) in these types of tourneys. Am I being too conservative with my single bullet? I certainly run into players that can afford to play much more aggressively because they are willing to fire additional bullets, which puts me at a disadvantage and makes me play tighter; in such long tourneys, however, you can still play tight and lose one huge flip, and then you're screwed.
Although I've been doing alright in the large field tourneys, they take a long time and pay quite well only if you actually place. Therefore, they have a bit of an up-and-down feel when looking at the bankroll from day to day.
I've heard a lot about SNGs as being the best way to grind up a bankroll, but they seem to tend to be turbos, which I am not used to/don't perform well in.
PKOs seem fun, but the few that I've played have crazy players in them, and I don't really know the nuances of how you're supposed to change your play/range to account for bounties.
Also, I see a lot of tournaments for approximately the same buy-in as I am using but for smaller guarantees (e.g., $1.65 with $1,500 GTD is one I play, but there are also $1.65 with $600 GTD). I imagine this is just due to the number of entries and the length of late registration, but I wonder if these have potentially more value than or can mitigate some of the variance from the large field, long late registration tournaments that are currently my go-to.
Of course, there are no wrong answers, and personal preference will come into play--nonetheless, I look forward to your responses and experimenting with some other structures you guys may recommend!
In my opinion the best tournaments for building a bankroll is those with fields from say 30-300 players. Single table SnGs generally carry to much rake to be really profitable, but they are convenient for, when you dont have time for more, and maybe you can still earn a dollar or two. They are also good for practicing ICM, short handed play and push-fold poker. Very large MTTs on the other hand have to much variance and take to long to complete. 4-6 hours of late registration sounds totally insane. Which poker site is that, and how many big blinds is a starting stack, when late registration finally close?
I would say you should play some sitngo to imporve icm-understanding cuz you often will be at final table. In mtts it will be very usefull. About fields in tournaments: Huge fields give you potentionally nice ev, cuz more chance play final table with fishs, but at the same time dispersion is high as well. You can find not huge fields 100-500 players with deep structure.
About fields in tournaments: Huge fields give you potentionally nice ev, cuz more chance play final table with fishs, but at the same time dispersion is high as well. You can find not huge fields 100-500 players with deep structure.
If anything its more difficult for a bad player to reach the final table in a large MTT, because he need to navitage such a large field to get there. In a small MTT it might be enough to get lucky in a few key spots. So if there is any advantage to large MTTs, its probably more, that some people might get "money scared" on the final table, because they are now playing for several times their bankroll.
But the flip side of that is, you will so rarely reach that final table, because you also need to navitage that huge field in order to get there. And if you play large MTTs all the time, this also mean, you get no final table practice. So when you finally get there, chances are, you are the one, who is making rookie mistakes, because you are in a completely unfamiliar situation