It is definitely difficult to get started from scratch and to build a big bankroll in tournament play. I was a bit lucky over the last couple of years having gone down to my last 5 million chips then winning a tournament, going to over 100 million chips within 6 or 7 weeks and eventually getting up to 250 million on a much more gentle gradient.
Recently I have been in atrocious form, and to cap it off entered a 1-million chip tourney tonight and was the first person eliminated, and then a 2.5 million chipper, with the exact same result.
Having nothing to do, I decided to play a few hands in a ring game and entered a 20,000-40,000 table with a 4 million chip buy-in. Within 40 minutes I was able to exit from that with a profit of 9 million chips, thus recovering some of my recent losses.
The play in the ring game was so poor that I think any halfway respectable tournament player would be able to win a lot of chips quickly.
There was one player who busted out 4 times, each for a minimum of 4 millions chips, but I saw him buy in for 6 million on one occasion and lose them all on the first hand.
Basically his tactic was to shove most hands preflop and shove most flops if it was checked to him. In the end it proved effective for him and he won a few hands in a row and went up to over 20 million chips, and then vanished as the number of players dwindled.
Other players were very passive and I was left playing heads up with a player who was remarkably easy to read as he folded to every bet if he had nothing, called if he had second or third pair, and raised if he had top pair or better,.
I would highly recommend ring games on RP if you want to build a bankroll. The difference from tournaments is that you can leave the table any time and bank your chips, so the best strategy would be to start with 4 million chips and bank 4 million chips any time you have doubled your original stack. You probably also want to rebuy any time you go down to 2 million chips (50 big blinds), because if you have a trappy hand with potential to double up, and you do not want to be playing with a small stack where any big stack can easily put you all in with a bluff or suck out hand.