MTT end game considerations
Yesterday I played the $1 buy-in $1000 guaranteed tournament on 888
and finished 18th (out of 600odd players) and won $3.89. This is ok but I would like your thoughts on how it ended.
I was able to build a chip stack early enough to easily get through the bubble of 90 players. I didn't risk my chips and just played a tight game as I had blown a few good stacks near the bubble in recent cheap tournies and freerolls
and just wanted to keep my discipline and get ITM for a change. Luckily I was able to double a few dwindling stacks and progressed through the prizes.
The prize structure was very top heavy over $100 for 1st place but 60-90 place was about $1.80.
The prize went up slowly, $1.80, $2.10, $2.40, $2.70 (approx) for the next 40 places, then players 16-18 won $3.89 which I thought I would aim for.
To achieve this I just let myself be blinded away. Round about 9bb I was dealt 77 and folded. I was going to shove, but an earlier raiser did so I folded. As it turns out I would have trebled my stack. If I had lost the hand I would have finished about 25th and not at my target of 18.
I was the lowest player for some time and players above me crashed out and I reached 18th place with about 3bb left. Then I was dealt 77 again, shoved had 2 callers and lost. I had just played my blind and could have survived about 5 more antes.
15th place paid $5.05.
With players dropping rapidly should I have just hung on and let my chips bleed or followed ICM and played that hand? (I suppose if I had followed ICM initially I would have won with those earlier7s. Just realised this as wrote out the above question.)