Is it ever a good strategy in online MTTs to sit out for a while?
I did this in an online MTT (rebuy) recently. I got on a good roll early and had a sizeable chip stack that was well above the chip average (I had around 42,000 chips when the chip average was around 6,000 with a starting stack of 1,500). I won a pair of 5-way all-ins (low stakes rebuys are crazy in the first few minutes) and within the first 10 minutes and almost immediatelyk had 20,000 chips. About 20 minutes later, a guy with a larger stack than me went all-in preflop with A-8 when I had AA in the BB and I doubled up to more than 43,000 chips. After that, I sat out for more than 45 minutes, until we got through the rebuy/add-in period. I decided I just wasn't going to risk that big stack any more with idiots going all-in at the drop of a hat. The levels had not gotten to the point where we were paying antes on every hand, and so I only lost about 2,000 chips during this time. When I started playing again, I still had more than 40,000 chips while the chip average was up to about 24,000, and there were less than 100 players left. I eventually made it to the final table and wound up 4th.