This is a discussion on Adjusting to different level of ITM payout? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Do you guys adjust your game differently as you near the bubble base on the ITM/buy-in Ratio?
Tourny A buy in was $10. ITM
Yes, definitely.. In both cases I would play tight if I'm short nearing the bubble, but if the min-cash is 3 times the buy-in as in your example, I will find myself folding QQ or AK just to make that cash. Makes a lot of sense in the long-term.
It shouldn't affect your game. I try to focus on my game and to use my stack and passive play other players may have at that point. In other example you mentioned it's always rebuy/turbo structure and you are already set on turbo, i wouldn't be passive there neither. I always wonder, if anyone is good with just getting ITM why they play MTTs anyway, there's SNGs for that, so with that logic i'm just trying to build my stack and go for higher ranks.
I am thinking it should matter, unless you are playing King of the Mountain and 1st prize takes all. If a higher percentage of the payout is spread towards non final table, then that part of the tournament should have a bigger impact.