Originally Posted by alyoung
@bluffyou123 yeah cool, point taken, but would you not want to finish in the money first then attack to win?
No, at least not with the typical payout table, which is very top-heavy. This means you make more money by cashing *somewhat* less often provided you go deep somewhat more often. The times that the chips you gain by being aggressive help you go deeper than you would have if you'd tightened up to ensure cashing more than make up for the times you could have folded into the money but didn't.
Part of the issue that doesn't get mentioned very often is this. Ramping up your aggression approaching the bubble and pay jumps is good strategy. So in general, the players who know this and do it are better players than the ones who don't. So if you tighten up in order to cash, not only are you giving up the chance to gain chips from the players who are tightening up, but those chips are mostly going into the stacks of the better opponents. Does letting the good opponents build their stacks while you give away bits of yours sound like a great strategy for winning?