low stack late tournament strategy
First off, new to the forum and forums in general. Nonetheless, my strategy question revolves around late stage tournament play, as it relates to how big or small the stack infront of your little avatar or oh-so-witty poker alias is.
To paint the scene on the screen, which my question is drawn from, I played in a $500 freeroll last night on BetonUSA last night. There were approximately 770 or so entries and it was a freeroll, so early going was loose as it gets, but I accrued around 35,000 chips by the time we were down to 100 or so left.
Now, by this point in the tournament the big stacks were over 100,000 and growing. Why, I am sure, but I turned into the tightest player at the table, trying to eek out a dollar or two for my time invest.
Nevertheless and to my surprise, the few hands i played (mostly my blinds) had me up and down 10,000 or so and i ended up making it to the final table and taking sixth, earning a whopping $17.
Yeah, not awhole lot of money, but 6th out that many had me feeling smart about my play. So, i guess my general question in general is the last six or seven tables or less, does any one have any advice about making a decision on how to play using your stack verses the big stacks as ratio indicator or anything else in this arena of play.
And yes, I realize my conservative play pretty much put me out of winning the tournament, and one should play to win. But is there not some point where one has to say "ok I'm not playing for first, i'm shooting for final table" since my stack isn't going to get me there?
Any advice would be appreciated?????