I'm just wondering why alot of posters in this thread think that playing tight = mincash? Really? So by your logic, if you play tight nearing the bubble you are just going to mincash and nothing else most of the time? I beg to differ. Playing tight and folding everything are two different things that seem to get confused with eachother alot in this forum.
Maybe it's just me, but I see alot of advice along the lines of "be aggressive and go for the win, playing tight will just get you a mincash and you don't want that", and I think this is just bad advice. ANY cash is a good cash. And if you think that by opening up and getting agro near the bubble will somehow assure you a place at the final table, then... well.... I just don't agree.
Accumilating chips is one thing, but advising somebody who is obviously weak in bubble play to get more aggressive on the bubble is, IMO, not helping that player.
Now, I am by no means advocating a "fold to the money" approach. But I think there is not always a need to open up and play more aggressive near the bubble, just because it is 'common knowledge practice' to do so. Everyone who had read any books or any poker strategy
is thinking they need to employ that strategy.
Keep playing the style of game that got you to that point, as it is obviously working for you up until that point. Just keep a couple of things in mind near the bubble. Be cautious of when to put chips in the pot. Have foresight. Your actions do have an impact on what will happen on future streets. Big stacks will want to be the hero, midstacks will want to outlast the shorty's and the shorty's will just want to survive. Pick your spots wisely, but don't go raising against a mid stack with a marginal hand because you're 'supposed to' in that situation.
If you have a top 10 stack, let the riff-raff have their fun knocking eachother out. You do not need to be the hero. Do not go dramatically changing your rythim because you are nearing the pay.
Know what the difference between the bubble and the middle of a tourney is? Not a damn thing.