Originally Posted by SaintNick1968
I don't think that you can argue that the best approach is to essentially ignore the bubble until hand for hand.
I do have an idea of how I play throughout the tournament, and I know that it is correct to be much tighter in the early stages of the tourney, and then loosen up later and try to steal the blinds and gain a big stack as the antes kick in and you get less BB.
Be careful with that one... "correct" poker doesn't win and could be part of the problem you are having. Anyone can sit around and wait for a hand then play aggressively. If poker was that easy, everyone would be a winner. The problem is that while you are waiting, sometimes the cards come, sometimes (more often than not) they don't.
You have to find a medium and keep your stack growing. While you could play tight the beginning of a tournament, and I don't think its wrong, you could also see a lot of flops for a small percentage of your stack. This leads to large stack early.
Every tournament is different. If its a donkey fest with all in after all in, I play tight. It its a tight tournament (table) I will play a lot of 67,78, small pairs, ect... trying to get my stack growing. Whether tight or loose, you need to play the way everyone else is not
, there really isn't a "correct" way.