Originally Posted by kewljason
I play a hit and run style of very short sessions and have adopted a ridiculously small buy-in strategy. I usually buy in for 4-8 times what my first bet is. $100 or $200 when playing $25. This has several benefits. One is that when the count suddenly tanks, and I want to leave, I don't have to color up or walk away with 2 bulging handfuls of chips. I just grab my few chips and am off. Second benefit buying in for such a small amount, gives the impression that I don't have much money and am not going to be playing long. I am usually immediately dismissed as a non-threat. First impressions are strong impressions. By the time they reconsider this first impression, I should be walking out the door.
Yes. You don't want to indicate how deep you're willing or able to play. About 5x to 10x your top bet makes you look like a gambler. Just pay attention to the way a dealer colors your buy-in ... if you have to color down before you play your first hand, you're buying in way too big