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Buy-ins. - Tue May 28, 2013, 11:59 AM
Shodan388's Avatar
Since: Sep 2011
Posts: 75

Is it advisable to buy in for the maximum amount, or is playing with the minimum ok? What are the pro's and con's. Cheers.
Tue May 28, 2013, 12:01 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,862
Hi Shodan388!

Whenever I'm at a ring table, I'm always buying in for the max. That way I can maximize value for my better hands.

John (JWK24)


6 Time Bracelet Winner

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:09 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,363
Advantages of buying in full:
You maximise your winrate if you have everyone else at the table covered (you can win their whole stack in one hand).
Deeper stacks mean you can play more speculative hands that benefit from a high stack to pot ratio.

If you're not a winning player, your bankroll will get depleted more quickly.
If you're not comfortable playing weaker hands when deep, you may play "scared".

Advantages of Short-stacking:
Variance is lessened, as you are risking less in each hand.
Your roll will last longer if you're a losing player.
You can take shots at higher stakes if your bankroll isn't quite big enough to buy-in full.

Disdavantages of Short-stacking:
Winrates will be lower, as you can't win a monster pot from a deep-stacked player.
You have to play a tighter range (very little speculating) and this can be quite boring.

I'd recommend beginners buy in for 100bb, as that's the standard, and allows you to play the "normal" strategy recommended in the PSO courses.

Bracelet Winner
Tue May 28, 2013, 12:12 PM
Shodan388's Avatar
Since: Sep 2011
Posts: 75
Thanks for the advice guys.

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