I play an uncapped 1/2 game regularly at a club poker room and have been wondering lately how much I should be buying in for.
I have about 9k bankroll and no income outside of poker to replace it if I lose it all. I have a very low COL and have that covered as well for the next 6 months or so.
I've been winning about 8.5BB an hour since I started keeping good records over the last 350 hours, but have played a lot of 1/2 , 1/3 and occasionally 2/5 over the past 10-15 years and feel pretty confident I can beat the games at my poker room at those stakes, especially 1/2.
There is a timed rake of 8$/hr at the room, so I really feel like I am loosing money if I buy in smaller as I am not paying out less in rake the less hands I play as I would in a typical raked game.
The game typically plays with two or three stacks that are 500$-1000$ and the rest around 100$-300$. I have been buying in for 300$ but even that feels shallow as people at this level commonly open for 6x-10x, and the straddle is on every 3rd or 4th hand usually. I bought in for 500$ yesterday but am a bit nervous about buying in for this much or larger regularly. Typically the 500$ is not to much at risk, but there are some crazy gambling Asians that play and i would have to be willing to get it in with them, which would make my swings larger.
What do think is the most I can get away with buying in with before I start to seriously put myself at risk of going broke?