re: Poker & The bubble to the money and final tables
You guys are playing it wrong. In general, your opponents with medium sized stacks will be looking to get into the money. However, tournaments usually pay much much more for making the final table. Therefore, your goal around the bubble should be to steal chips from players who are hoping to just sneak into the money with a medium sized stack. Around the bubble is the perfect time to add to your chipstack & set yourself up to make a run for the final table.
But be warned, that once the bubble breaks, everyone will go nuts, since now they're guaranteed money. You should then limit your steal attempts after the bubble breaks and you are once again in the money.