If you guys could just give me advice on how to make the extra push (i usually make top 100) but can not get to 27. So if u have anny advice on how to play certain hands late in the tourny or anything like that it would be greatly apperciated..
I don't play many freerolls, they are way too volatile for my tastes but if you can make it that far you're doing something right. Congratulations on your patience that is a KEY element of solid poker.
I have a simular problem with the cash tourneys so I thought I would post some of my thoughts here perhaps they could be helpful to you. I cash a lot of tourneys but only final table a few, but I can play a LOT of cheap tourneys. Your patience is better than mine if you play freerolls because freerolls don't start every 15 minutes it must be really frustrating not to place well.
Mid stage comming up on late stage (pre-bubble) if you have a tall stack It's not a time to gamble you're going to need that tall stack once the bubble has been hit/late stage to be aggressive with. This may sound contrary to what you've been told about being TAG in EP and LAG in LP while comming up on the bubble ... well it is and it isn't.
If you have a smallish/mid sized stack at this time you have to follow the normal advice but you can't afford to donk of a tall stack pre-bubble. Pre-bubble tall stacks have to be tight, tight, tight because once that bubble has been hit short and mid stacks begin to panic and your tall stack can intimidate them to fold or make mistakes.
The mid-stage just before the bubble time is a critical time full of dangerous human decisions, bad beats and last chance gambling players are often trying to make plays and will commit with mediocre hands, chase draws and sometimes hit against tall stacks. While this is normally a good thing for a mid to average stacked player to be TAG in EP and LAG in LP the tall stack is vulnerable to being bad beat and put on tilt.
This is not a time to lose focus in the game, there are times in this period where the tall stack has great advantage and you'll want to take advantage but at this time you're the target of the mid/short stacks, not the other way around. They know their chances are slim and will mix it up hoping to get lucky and often they do. They know once that bubble has been busted that they will be food for the tall stacks.
I hope I'm making sense, I've not read any other posts or pro advice on this period I don't even know what to call it. It's kind of like in Star Wars where they say; "Use the force Luke" you have to develop a feeling for it. It's just not time to open up your game yet ... it's almost time ... but not yet. It's sometime between mid to late stage just before the bubble. It's differant in every tourney and your luck, table image, knowing your opponents and stack size are all factors.
I've started recently to take more notes and study my opponents during this time, looking for the ones that have weakness's I can exploit, now or later.
Maybe another way to put what I've just said into a more brief concept, sometimes you have to open up your game early and sometimes you have to remain tight, knowing when to change gears is the difficult part.
Post bubble you can practicly hear the gears changing as short and mid stacks are eaten up by the tall stacks going into overdrive.
Your patience is great, it's a strength use it to your advantage, take notes on your opponents, look for weakness's to exploit. Develop your skill of knowing when to change gears both fast and back to tight. Perhaps your losing focus at the critical time too, watch for that.
Hope this helps... it helps me to write it down heh heh, good to define my thinking. Good Luck!