What is "too aggressive"?
I know exactly what you mean. I once got saved in a live MTT when this happened:
Short Stack (9 Big Blinds) shoves all in, I look down at AK (and 22 Big Blinds). I then decide with others yet to act, to isolate by shoving.
Well, the Big Stack at the table, in the small blind (w a 42 Big Blind stack, "Table Captain") decides to call! I'm dead right? WRONG!
SS = 6h,6d
ME = Ad,Kd
BS = 4s,4H (in this case, BS doesn't necessarily mean "Big Stack")
So, I lost the 9 Big blinds to the short stack, but won 13 Big Blinds from the "Big Stack" who should have folded. But no, he had to "be the bully", only he did it with a measly pair of 4's! So, now I have 26 BB's, he's now down to 20.
(all rough approximations, but you get the point)
Nothing wrong with being the bully with a big stack, you just gotta use your head! Faced with one all in and a 3-bet all in, he should have known his 4's were no good! I'm sure he thought "Well, here is my chance to knock out two players, plus I have them both covered, so I can risk it, despite horrible pot odds
and a very weak hand".
He justified it by saying I was lucky to hit my K, but look at that board....Had the J hit instead of the K, thus double pairing the board, I still would have got him! So, even though he "knew" I had AK, he still donked it hoping the 4's held and an A or K didn't flop. FOR HALF HIS STACK!!! What if I had AA? Then you are pinning your hopes on a set! Balance the odds of hitting a set with the pot odds
, or simply "50% of your checks"...BAD CALL!
How often does the final table chip leader win it? Not often by over-playing hands like this. Be aggressive, by all means, but pick the right spots to do it in. Don't be afraid to fold suddenly because you are the chip leader.
P.S. After THE WHOLE TABLE WITNESSED him call off 50% of his stack with a pair of 4's, for some reason
raises he then made were no longer respected by the table. He ended up getting felted with, of all things, AK vs A-10. The lady thought he was weak, called with a weaker hand, and rivered a 10 after a dry flop and turn, taking him from Hero to Zero in only a few hands. He was the money bubble!