Limping with a big stack in later stages
I really new at real money
poker and I'm playing only super-micro stake tournaments and freeroll so sometimes I cannot tell if what I am seeing in viable strategy or simply fishy.
What I've noticed in late stages of the tournament is the big stacks limping in at almost every hand. Then either everyone folds and the bb checks and the big stack crushes him preflop. Or in the rare occation someone raises and the big stack calls happy to see a relatively cheap flop and either folds quick or plays hard and fast usually taking down the pot. Sometimes another big stake calls and they price out the bb but basically play a pretty controlled pot.
I ask this because a whole lot of the time these guys limp in front of me when I am in a position to make a steal and I'm hesitant about shoving with less then a premium hand (a simple raise doesn't work at all unless I am trying to trap which I haven't attempted yet in that situation) because these can really damage me. I have shoved and gotten about a normal distribution of results. Problem is I think I have to have a much better hand then I would when stealing the blinds.
So, is this a viable strategy for a big stack? Can I use it myself? What is the best response to it?