Originally Posted by manliquid
Tighten up my play towards the end..
For the most part I always make deep runs in mtt's by playing aggressively, etc. Then it seems when it's down to the wire I just get smashed!!! Should I tighten all the way up and only play premium hands?
Some stuff to keep in mind in late stage play while on a bigstack is >> the size of the stacks of the players to your left (or the ones still to act).
Keep in mind that if you're raising to steal you will be priced in to call smaller stacks if &/or when they ship it allin vs. you (so in that scenario you'd want to tighten up your starting hand requirements).
Analyze stack sizes in relation to the blinds... look to see who's sitting on good resteal-sized stacks & know who's likely to ship it) with them if you open pre.
You're better off going after the medium-sized stacks while on a bigstack (many believe that its the shortstacks you're aiming to go after... I disagree)... the SS's will be in desperation mode & are likely to get it allin pre vs. you... and the med. sized stacks are more apt to tighten up to your preflop raises as long as there are shortstacks on the table (generally speaking of course.... this is all player read dependent as well... ie. good med.sized stack players will actually put pressure back on the bigstack, knowing that the bigstack won't want to lose a chunk of their stack to them... because then they won't be able to continue to take advantage of the table with their bigger stack in the same manner).