re: Poker & Hypothetical tournament question thingy
Playing against maniacs is a bit annoying, despite you know you can get big pots from them by playing just premium hands.
The way to play against a maniac changes depending of the position you´re in relation to him. If you´re to his left, you can play some hands like A8 or KT since you know that his bets have not the same value as a normal player´s one. You´re allowed to play those hands because you know the maniac´s hand is probably weak, and also the other players at the table won´t try to reraise you even if they know that your hand isn´t premium (unless they have legitime premium hands), because they know you´re playing those hands because of the maniac´s raises. In that position is good to reraise the maniac with good hands in order to punish him for playing those hands.
Now i´ll talk about what you asked Dorkus: if i´m to his right. This position is really uncomfortable. Here you have to be selective with your hands, because you don´t know what he´s going to do. If you´re saying that he´s pushing in most hands, of course you know that probably you´re going to be against crap like 93, 64, 82, K5, Q2, etc. But here it comes the problem. You know that most of his hands will be crap, but also there exists the chance of him getting a real good hand. It´s very difficult to read a maniac. Remember that even the worst player gets AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK, etc. So if i planned to play hands like QJ against him because i knew i would be against 93, now i have to think it twice. Even if he push with crap like K2, he´s favourite against my QJ. So i would be a little more selective. Thinking that i have a comfortable stack to play good poker so i don´t have the need to take those kind of risks, and thinking of the possibilities of him having a good hand, i think my range of hands would be this: AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, AK, AQ, AJ, A10, KQ, KJ.
Of course if i´m plenty sure i´m going to be favourite this range could be wider.
In relation to being in the bubble, i don´t think it would change. In fact, when you´re in the bubble it´s good to loosen up a bit because everybody gets tighter (but obviously you have to be very careful).