Joined: Feb '08
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 34 (M)
I only play satellites when it's a freeroll or if i have next to no money left in the account and want to turn my last 50c into a bankroll. Generally I don't see the appeal of satellites unless you want to win a ticket to a big live tournament and only have a small bankroll. Usually if you play satellites you have to pay a rake twice. Even if the rake on the satellite looks small the prize you win is 10% rake for the larger tourney. Also I don't look satellites because there's no difference between first place and last place to qualify. You always get KK two or three places before the bubble and end up locking horns with another large stack.
Satelliting your way into a big tournament CAN be a good way to go, but not always !
I would only try to get in via a satellite tourney if either (a) you can buy-in into the satellite for loyalty points, or (b) if there's a freeroll where seats to the next level can be won. But if you need to BUY your way in, you can spend very much money because you have to win several tourneys in a row in most cases, and you're not likely (nobody is) to win them all from the first time, so if you don't get the CONSECUTIVE WINS needed, you can keep buy-in into satellites for ever and a day.
There is one reasonable option though :
in most cases, there are satellites of different levels of buy-ins, and the lower ones almost always give away only one single ticket to the next level. So... taking into account the very small chance of winning a ticket higher up and the fact that you need to win several times, I would only consider this one alternative if you want to satellite in :
spend a little more for your buy-in and buy yourself into a satellite where more places are given away. At least then you have a reasonable chance of picking up a seat. Otherwise, just don't start satelliting. It comes down to thesame thing as winning consecutive tourneys (S&G's) for a jackpot, and we all know how hard those are to win.
Joined: Oct '09
Age: 59 (M)
My bankroll is still "tiny", so I need to go through satellites to join some bigger tournaments. I watch the buy-ins and the places payouts. Costs bankroll as well, so I try to re-earn it via STT Sit&Go's...
Joined: Nov '09
Age: 34 (M)
I play satellite very rarely... only if i have time to play some Mtt i can open a one or two. I never playing just them , if i play only Free satellite sometimes i don't care much of the game and make mistakes cause "why not".
I don't like satellite tourys for they tend to more donkey fests than freerolls. If you have a small bankroll, your better off playing freerolls and low buy in tournys. Pokerstars and Full Tilt both have lots of tournys under $5.00 that have good payouts. FTP's Daily Doller costs $1.00, pays 1600.0 for 1st place, pays out the top 1080 players and has a cap of 10000 players.
Joined: Jun '09
Age: 42 (M)
Hello! satellites could be interesting. On Full Tilt Poker I play with FTP. Some sit & go are easy for quailify because some of player are not expert on sit go. They just want to go on a big MTT. So I save money and go to a big tournament with big cash prize