It varies a lot. It depends on how the game will be. I don't really like cash games. I prefer to play tournaments more. In them, I pay a fixed amount to enter and dispute the grand prize. This makes it easier for me to control my money.
Completely agree. And unless you are a very experienced player, it is also a good idea to not bring more than those 3-4 bullets to a live cash game. In that way you force yourself to stop playing, when its going really bad, which protect you from going on tilt. If on the other hand you only bring 1-2 bullets, you might end up playing with scared money, because you don’t want to get stacked and have to end your session early.
For online players we are typically not “bringing money”, because our bankroll is deposited on the poker site. But then we can take a look at the cashier or in our tracker and set a stop-loss of 3-4 BIs for the game. Only the very best players can still play their A-game after taking a significant beating over a short period of time.
I usually have a few buy ins available. Obv I am hoping to only buy in once but if variance isn’t on my side i have reserves. ATM is always an option but personally if i am losing 3 buy ins it’s probably best I call it a day. No need in bleeding money because of tilt or thinking about losing hands from that night. Sometimes its best i take a walk and regroup.
You should always buy in for the maximum. If you are scared of losing a full buy in, you are not Bankrolled to play the level you are playing.
You want to win the most when you have the best hand and you can not do that if you buy in for less than the maximum.
On the ZOOM micros that I play nowadays , but also in the normal micro cash tables that I played in the past , I like bringing one bullet on the same table (although when I first started playing I was buying the full buyin and many rebuys , complete failure for me , great losses ) .
The reason for this is because I am not a good player , so I try to minimise/control losses . I also have tilt outbreaks when I have bad beats or lose to my great mistakes , or if I got outplayed in a very bad/smart way . So I get protection also for the tilt
In addition , I buy 55-60% of the maximum buy in for the same reasons . I have to say , at least on the micros ZOOM 9max , they will call your shove if it's only for half , 1/3 or 1/4 of their stacks , so I double up easily my half buy in to full stack , but the problem is how I continue playing (successfully) as a full stack , as well as when I decide to leave (with some profits or minimum losses . When I have losses it's almost impossible for me to leave if I don't lose all money ( while I try to win back the losses ....))