Originally Posted by shinedown.45
Well paranormal, if I hadn't already been playing the style you use, I wouldn't make as far as I do in tourney's but this style only gets me so far.
After reading through the posts I believe philthy has pointed out the problem I'm having and that is in the late stages.
I really do not know when to change gears.
So now my question is this: If I make it deep in a tourney, at what point should I change gears or at what "M" level should I start making moves?
When your M is between say 15 and 20, I say start making your moves. Your job as a medium stack is to pick on the larger stacks. You can steal all their blinds all day, because if they run into one of your monsters, they are severely crippled. Larger stacks are less likely to try and play back at you, while smaller stack will push all day.
As a smaller stack, with an M of 10-15, you need to pick on those medium stacks. Steer clear of the tall monster stacks, because they can call with a wide range of hands. Attack the medium stacks, steal their blinds. They will most likely be holding a small range of hands when they play back at you.
M of .0000000000000000001-10 you do not have much FE on the other players, and you got to shove and hope for the best.
Really, you just have to pay attention to each player at the table. Mark down who the LAGs and TAGs are. Attack the TAGs when they are in the blinds, let the LAGs attack and play back at them a few times.
You must pick your spots, and for the most part, the strength of your hand does not matter.
Also, what I like to do in tournaments is to make my steals from various positions. Sometimes steal from the button, sometimes from MP and sometimes from early position, but never from the same position repeatedly, as it will become a pattern and the better opponents will pick up on it, and nail you.
Hope this helped, and I hope some of this had not already been said, as I had not read every single post.