Forum newbie! SnG/MTT strategy help
Hello all, just joined this forum, looks very friendly so am hoping for some good advice!
Anyways, I play a lot of SnGs and MTTs on Pokerstars
and most of the time finish just outside the money. Say if its a 180 ppl tourney, I finish 22nd. Its not like I am short-stack as I generally play tight/aggressive but towards the bubble I know people either tighten up, or the short-stacks go all-in with crap to try to steal blinds. A lot of the time I could have JJ or QQ with say $7,000 and a short stack with say $1200 goes all in with TT or a lower pair. Guaranteed, they will hit their set on the flop. As my chips go down my psyche seems to mess up and I go on tilt, losing all my chips.
Same thing happened last week - I played the EPT Ladies event, came 18th, the pay was at 16. Very frustrating. My stack wasn't too bad but the game was quick and the blinds got so big. I had no calling hands for about the last 20 hands so got blinded out. Went all-in with Q2 suited (crap I know), caller had 67 offsuit. Flopped 345.
It seems to be the 100+ tourneys that get me, I played a 18-ppl one last night and got 2nd, but thats 18. These big MTT stump me. I follow basic strategy (start tight/agressive, loosen up in middle, tight at the bubble) but a lot of the time I will have a winning pre-flop hand but lose cos short-stacks get lucky.
This happens to me nearly every or every other game, so I must be doing something wrong. Sorry for the long post, any advice would be great. Thanks.