Is it bad to play alot of big pots
Was playin last night and was following along with my stats. My outcome was good with an 8th place finish out of about 400 but I am not very consistent in getting that high. I find that I am involved in alot of big pots but I dont go to showdown very often. After about 175 hands in the tourney I had gone to showdown 8 times and had won 8 times. I had seen about 30% of the flops. I am normally pretty agressive early on willing to go broke on a marginal call if it gives me a chance to get alot of chips early since it makes my agressive play easier then with a short stack. If i am able to make it to 2nd break and I am average stack, I then look to only play the stronger hands but I always come in for big raises to minimize players. I prefer to make large bets and take pots early(unless I flop the nuts obviously) instead of trying to draw my opponent in and possibly take a huge payoff or possibly get sucked out on. I also try and steal alot of blinds, so that when I do get a big hand people think I am overly agressive and pay them off. I feel like I can laydown a good hand when I have alot of chips, but when I am shorter stacked I cant seem to think the same way. I know there are alot of successful players on this forum and I would love some feedback. I also am having a hard time getting my big hands paid off where i hold like 58 in a BB checked to me and the flop comes 88K. It seems no matter how I play it, the other person always folds. For example, I held J8 off last night late in my tourney. the flop came 8810. i checked and the other player in hand made a pot sized bet. I just called. turn came a J so I checked again figurin I had nuts and hopin they had AJ or 99. They checked also. The river came a 2 makin it a rainbow board or no flush draw and I checked again. The other played checked also and showed me QQ. Hind sight is 20/20 obviously and it looks like I coulda pushed hard and got paid off, but how is it possible for the qq to think they were beat the whole time when I only called the flop and no over cards ever came???