Posted 24 April 2007 - 11:32 AM
I play extremely conservative when it comes to bankrolling sngs. I play with a min. 65 buyins for the level I'm playing at. I do this so that any streak of cold deck/bad luck/and resulting bad play on my part will not have much affect on me emotionally (helps me avoid tilt). It also means I should never go broke. (I've been playing for about 1.5 years and have never come close).I usually play in units of 10, (1-3 at a time), before I'll take a break to go over my results and try to concentrate on any leaks in my game (am I playing too loose, too tight?).Once I finish 100 sngs. I stop and calculate my ROI and my percentage of in the money finishes.I aim for a min. of 50 percent ITM and a ROI of at least 18-20 per cent. I can get ROI up as high as 35 percent and ITM of about 60 per cent. But these figures are at a very low buyin (usually $1-2).I would expect if you are playing at $10-$20, your results maybe slightly lower, depending on your sng experience and the level of play by your opponents.Six sngs is not enough of a sample to know how much success you may have in sngs. I would go for about 200-300.As mentioned eariler, sngs are a grind for some people, more so than cash games. I find my game is best suited to sngs, since I have a tendency to go on tilt in cash games. I actually find the swings to be very small playing sngs.My worst showing in the last four months was going 1/10 with a third place finish. This or something similar will happen to everyone. You will get sucked out on in 80/20 situations, 60/40 situations and have your two pair/str8 run into a rivered flush/ full house at the worst possible moment.I've also gone 7/10 with 6 first place finishes. My avg currently is probably something like 6/10 with a first, three seconds and two thirds.My avg bad run is 4/10 with two seconds and two thirds, which usually means a small lose.The downside of sngs is that when you do run bad, you'll feel like you wasted a lot of time with very little money gained. Money you probably feel you could have won from the donks you're playing if you were all sitting at a cash game. Your actual cash game can suffer a bit too, since sngs and cash game strategy differ a bit.The upside, for me, is a stable ROI with little swing and I find when I do treat myself to a tournament, I play well, especially at the final table or in short handed situations.