Originally Posted by aliengenius
Why would this be? Do you have the lobby open, looking at the top stacks and thinking you have to be one of them?
This is *exactly* what I used to do! It took me a long time to realize that all I really needed to be was one of the people that didn't have 0 chips.
I decided to play the MidnightMadness on FT last night. The bubble was at spot 219. When things tightened up at around 300 players left, I was in about 275th place, but I was able to pick my spots carefully and survive well into the money (I actually finished 43rd).
Sometimes you just need to sit back, keep your head down, and wait for the cards or the right spots to make a move. They will come more times than you would expect, but only if you are still there to get them.
It also sounds like you are focusing too much on "winning" and too little on "surviving to cash". I completely support the idea that you should play to win, but sometimes you can't execute that phase of your strategy until you are at least close to the money (sometimes the right time for this is even as late as after the cash bubble).
Once you are close to the money (or the next payout level in big-field MTTs) there are plenty of opportunities to pick up chips as people tighten up. The key is to find out who doesn't want to gamble (through lots of observation), and wait for the right time to take advantage of that.
If you do all of that (maintain enough chips to not blind out, look for key spots to exploit and carefully watch the other players to pick up on their "ladder clinging" behavior) you will be far too busy to have time for impulsive behavior
It's early, and I don't want to confuse things, so when I am saying "you" in this post, I most likely mean bw07507, not AG