Originally Posted by mattgood9
...I'm not gonna rebuy for either 1/2 or 2/5 due to time constraints (and to a lesser extent money constraints). I'm probably more used to the 75bbish stack due to my online SnG experience. Also, I know the 2/5 is pretty much as soft as 1/2 at the casino.
My main question is whether a 60-80 bb stack is fine for 2/5?
Strictly speaking, you are way underrolled for both games. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't play, but it sounds as if you've decided that you don't want to risk more than a few hundred $ (which may be wise, though it may put you at somewhat of a disadvantage).
But if your strategy really is to only buy in once and leave in a few hours, (unless you bust sooner), I would suggest you play 1/2 and allow yourself to top up your stack a couple of times if it starts to shrink too much. At least give yourself a chance to win.
There's nothing wrong with buying into a 2/5 table for $300-400, instead of $500 (if that's the max). Please bear in mind that larger stacks are normally much less of an advantage in a cash game than in tournaments. The problem for you in a 2/5 cash game is not that there's a huge difference between playing a $300 and a $500 stack; there isn't, most of the time.
The problem is that you're buying in for $300 with (effectively) zero in your pocket; that's not good if it affects your play.
Also, if you start with $300, and play 2/5 for an hour, and see a few flops without connecting or playing any big pots, it's quite easy to get down to $150 or so, and now you really are short-stacking.
So I would stick with the 1/2 table for this trip, and allow myself at least a limited ability to top up or rebuy, if I were you. (Also, I would be cautious about generalizing about the relative softness of 2/5 vs 1/2 at this casino based on your 2.5 hours of live 2/5 play).