You cursed me, @Gus Fring
! Last night I waited over an hour, though I knew in advance I had missed the sweet spot. If I call in by 6 and arrive before 7, it won't be too bad. But I wanted to watch a (disasterously bad) basketball game, so I didn't call until 7, arrived 745, didn't get a seat til 9.
Table selection: There were 5 1/3 games and one 2/5 game when I arrrived, I wandered around and got a feel, rechecked once I was 3rd on the list. Decided I could play anywhere but table 1, bunch of pencil-dicked old men with $80 in front of em. Naturally that's the one that comes up, so I smile and say to the floor, "Well, please put me on the table change list to anywhere else, I'd rather play video poker than sit at that table." Sure enough, 2 min later, 2 seats open up, I get lucky and choose the table with a guy pfr 100%, cbet 95%. Bring it on.
I also thought about your question re: comfort, perhaps more than I should have.
So my normal game is 1/3, with a 400 cap. I have also played 1/2/5 PLO but it is uncapped, and my 400 is by far a shortstack, it's such a stupid aggro game. They play pretty bad, but too much variance for my bankroll. I've also played 2/5 a couple of times, $1000 cap (200BB). Did well both times, the play is a bit better but frankly still not good. Anyway, I was watching all the tables last night as I waited, and I did some math. If I buy in for $1000, we're no longer talking about a % of my bankroll, we're actually talking about a % of my entire bank account. I've got some socked away in retirement yadda yadda (I'm middle-aged, these things happen), but if I think about my liquid cash, one BI is a real % number, not decimals or anything. That kinda make me think, wtf am I doing? Unless I'm going to consider my entire savings as my bankroll (i'm not), then I have no business playing in that game. By midnight the average stack was prob 2K, and the pfr sizes were huge. Another reg thought it was a 5/T game but it wasn't. I could consider the idea of just not buying in for the max, and then playing for a hit-and-run, but that seems like I'm leaving EV on the table.
I get it, some people are like, well I have a grand, let me take a shot. Especially if you're young, lots of people have a larger dgaf gene than I do. If that works for them, cool, but in poker we have a term for most people who think that way: losers, and in the end, broke. Or like some of the people in my city, they can afford to drop 10-20 grand a year (at least) at the casino, in which case the terms we use include whales and VIPs.
So I sat in at 1/3, took my name off the 2/5 list. Made 2 bills while stll playing some pretty bad poker. Man I am in such a mental slump, I need a @MattVIP
in my life to force me to meditate, or at least eat less ice cream. Or even @Harvie
to get me drunk and pay for me to break out of a different slump.
Anyway, I will still play in a $600 2-day tourney next weekend, like I said I do punt 1-2 of these a year, but I think I'll retire the thoughts of moving up in stakes, at least for now. Not comfortable.