Originally Posted by Poker Orifice
Can't say I like any of the 'suggestions/advice' here so far.
OP, the thing with the 18's & 27's, you'll be shorthanded much more often prior to tables joining when it drops to two tables (or to one). You simply MUST pick up blinds when tables get short.. &/or resteal from others in good spots (definition of 'good spots'... where you'll have fold equity... where you figure player is raising fairly wide, (etc.)).
Typically the 18's & especiallyl the 27's have softer fields than the 9plyr. games. (and you'll often see players getting it in in early levels in an effort to double up). There's not typically much time for calling with speculative hands (maybe level 1 & 2 but it depends on the table). Stuff like limping KT & then calling a raise... umm.. 'nope'. 'Small ball'.. umm.. nope (you're not deep enough in the SNG's to play 'small ball').
Yeah bingo, read this guys^^^
Also to add to it, a common mistake i see is players misplaying it when they get deep in these things. Stuff like raise/folding with 9BB effective stack size. Read up on stuff like 'M' or 'effective BB's' to find out when you should just be open shoving. These games have pretty high variance like most MTT formats, however we pick up a lot of chips in the late game by exploiting guys with tight calling ranges.
Edit: the 'tight is right' approach in these games leaves you with a really short stack when it comes to the early/mid game it's a losing proposition.