Originally Posted by lost2qandisa
In a tourney (freerolls or low buy in), I can usually make it to late middle of the torneys. This is where I seem to have most problems. I play tight and the blinds really start to eat me.
Don't put too much emphasis on getting to the middle stages. You win the same 0 whether you're first out or the bubble. Lasting longer doesn't even mean you played better. It just means you busted out later.
If you're regularly under blind pressure in the late middle stage, you're probably playing too tight in the early mid and mid mid stages, with the result being that you don't accumulate enough chips to keep your stack fully playable. Note that this doesn't mean you need to have a big stack. What it means is that you need to have enough chips to retain your full range of options.
Opinions differ as to how many BB is enough. However, as the blinds rise, your stack needs to keep pace more or less. For instance, if we say 30BB is a fully playable stack, then you need 15k when the BB is 500. But if the BB jumps to 600 in the next level, you have to increase your stack by 3k in order to still have 30BB.
It usually won't matter much if you add 0 to your stack during one level, but depending how quickly the blinds increase, by just keeping the same stack size through two or more levels, your ability to play your full game can be diminished considerably.