Originally Posted by Afterlife000
Yeah i will always do stuff like that when im chip leader but it never works. It seems like they know when im bluffing and trying to buy the pot and stuff. Its just not my thing too do that, i just play good hands and good hands only. I guess thats why i get so many bad beats when i play poker.
Sounds like there's an area you need to work on. You HAVE to make that your thing. I have found myself in that same predicatment time and again. And it's because I was what I call "playing scared". I was too worried about holding onto those chips. Too scared to make a move, when I knew I could take the pot down.
When you get to the latter stages of the tournament, you have to loosen up. You can't sit back and wait for the hands to come to you. Playing tight and waiting for premiums works in the beginning stages, but in the later stages this will be your downfall. By this time, you should have a pretty good feel for your opponents. You should know which ones are TAG/LAG, etc. Take advantage of position, and your read on the players at your table, etc.
Jeffred really says it best in that you have to control the action. But also that it's a fine balance. If you get too aggressive, players will catch on and call you on it. So again, it's taking advantage of position, and of your reads on players, the texture of the board. It take practice, but in time, you'll get it.