a few tips ( may be obvious )
I'm a $10.00 SnG player mostly, when I play MTT I usually only play in the $5.00 buy in ones. I only play on one site & their SnG tables were closed for some reason, well that pissed me off cause I had a rare day off from work & wanted to play. I checked the tournys & the only one they had that was starting soon was a $30 buy in 250 person tourny. Thats more than I like to play for but I was desperate so I joined.
This MTT payed out 20 spots with the lowest paying being $60.00 ( not bad for my $500 bankroll ) So I made it to the final 22 people, I was 17th out of 22 in chips, I had 8000 chips. #'s 22 & 21 both had under 1000 chips & the blinds were 400, 800 with a 75 ante. I was delt K10 ( both clubs ) on the button, it was folded around to me so I raised to 2400 on a semi-steal, the SB ( who had 35k chips ) immediately re raised me all in. Of course I had to fold, I was so close to the $ even though I was 99% sure he had nothing & was just bullying me I couldnt take the chance of busting out. I ended up recovering somewhat & ended up finishing 10th.
So I guess it a pretty obvious tip but never try to steal or raise marginal hands around the bubble with large stacks yet to act behind you. If you think you must steal to survive its better to just push all in so people cant come over the top with a re-raise on a bluff. It seems to me making a raise like that is just asking for someone to come over the top. I saw a few other moderate stacks make the same mistake around the bubble.
Another mistake a see people make is when they are so proud of themselves for making a good bluff/steal that they show the table their cards.
I was delt JJ in the BB on the 1st hand of a SnG, UTG raised to 40 ( blinds are 5/10 ) 3 people called. I reraised to 90 ( I wanted to see where I was, if someone re-raised again I knew I was looking at AA,KK or QQ most likely ) UTG called, 1 fold & 1 other caller. The flop comes A,K 7 ( horrible flop for me ) I decide I'll make 1 continuation bet so I bet out 100, UTG immediately re raises to 400, the other caller folds, I fold. UTG shows his hand, he's holding 5,8 of clubs.
Well that play ended up costing him all his chips later on, after that nobody at the table respected his raises & he was getting called down by middle pair etc.
So unless you plan on being a rock after the bluff & just want to show a huge bluff so you can get action when you have the nuts later on you should never show your cards when bluffing. I usually do the oposite I like to show when I hit huge hands & am making big bets so people will repsect my raises so when I get AK later on & raise pre flop I want them all dropping to my continuation bets when the flops miss me.