keeping momentum going in a MTT tournament...
I generally don't have a problem accumulating a stack of chips in the first hour or so of MTT games (NLHE). However once i start to get a stack, say 3x average stack, I notice that I start to overvalue my chips and become more frugal with them. This can be good and bad.... but lately I find that it's costing me some crucial pots that would be sustaining me much longer in the game. Dumb stuff like folding a mid PP even though a limp would have got me into the pot, and I would have ended up flopping a set... and then I beat myself up over it.
Do I need to obtain the mentality of "it's just a $2/$5 buy in, and there's no reward with no risk"?? I'm generally a nit player, but I will play marginal hands like suited connecters if the pot odds
or position is right. But when I start a pile of chips... I become even more nit, and end up with a low stack by the time the bubble is approaching or just burst. IMO it seems the most important time to get a stack going is when the bubble is approaching. Just tired of making the money to miss the FT by 10 ppl and being eliminated with a big hand because big stacks can afford to call my all in.