Originally Posted by Cooking
Well, if it is real close to the paid places, I don't play against the maniac big stacks because it's incredible how they can beat any hand at those times. I've seen so many AA, KK, QQ lose for a very weak hand.
Well at least some of this has some value in it.
If you have around the average tournament stack size, you could tighten up to only the premiums and only with position on the maniac. With a stack like this you are sitting good and are in no need of a double-up.
If you have a shortish stack, and feel you might just make a mincash, I would suggest adapting your range to where you feel you have his range dominated and go with it. There is always a chance you will lose to a dominated hand, or that the maniac might wake up with a monster, but this is not to be really worried about as it's just a part of the game.
Just determine what your goals are (does the mincash mean a lot your roll? are you going for the big W?), make a plan and go with it.