Originally Posted by KDS63
I found myself in the same boat (and still sometimes do)... do well early and mid-tourney, start losing later on. Others have commented on this phenomenon in other posts, but the general idea is that we tend to get more conservative the closer we get to ITM and to the final table.
The most critical error is to allow yourself to get blinded down waiting for the premium hands and then find yourself getting frustrated enough to start calling min-raises or even making min-raises with 8-9 off in mid-position.
And that is by nearly all accounts the wrong approach. You've got to loosen up and widen your range as you get nearer the end. As a natural TAG it was (and still can be) a hard lesson for me to apply. Being close to the bubble your natural instinct is to coast, but the blinds are typically much too high (especially in a large MTT) to wait for monster hands. I see a lot of pushes late in tourneys with suited connectors in ANY position, when the stacks are getting short.
If you're deep-stacked near the bubble and can afford the blinds, then you can better afford to remain conservative. But get below 15-20bb near the bubble and you're usually better off pushing chips around with more marginal hands, otherwise you're in great danger of blinding out. If you wait to get below 5-10bb to start pushing, then it becomes cheap enough for the deep stacks to call you down, and even if you double/triple up you're probably still too short to get much farther.
And regarding the comment about analysis software not being worthwhile for MTT's, I would disagree. While you may not gather enough useful stats on the other MTT players to build good reads on them, you DO gather an enormous amount of info on your
play, which can be analyzed later to spot leaks or reinforce good decisions. That's the real beauty of this type of software -- not just to analyze others.