re: Poker & question on tourney blinds cushion
HoH 2 deals mostly with this.
Very high M you play similarly to a deep stack cash game, although a little conservatively as survival is more important than pushing marginal edges.
When M goes down to 20 or so, you stop playing speculative hands like suited connectors or small pocket pairs as implied odds
are not there anymore. Basically, you don't limp anymore. For the hand to be worth playing, it should be worth raising. The plus side is that raises will get more respect at this stage if your opponent's M is in a similar range.
When M gets below 10, you do as OzExorcist says. The reason is that if raising commits you to calling a reraise all-in for pot odds
, than you should shove in the first place to maximize fold equity.
Once again, if all Ms at the table are similar, there's a moment when the choice between standard raises and shoves is borderline. Typically, that's what happens close to the bubble of a SNG. Then it becomes very profitable to reraise all in on attempted steals, but this requires
that you make sure your opponent won't feel pot committed by his initial raise.