Originally Posted by bogweed1964
Should I be content in making the payouts as I am or should I be looking to "loosen up" pre-bubble to try for higher payout position and risk not making the cut at all.
In top-heavy events payouts are pretty flat until the end positions. It's those top places what balloon in payout. Ideally you'll want to hit one of those because that's where the real money is at.
That is, and this is rough but gives the gist of the idea: Going all-in three times on coin flips will lead to elimination 7 out of 8 times, but one in eight times you'll have 8 times your starting stack which will put you in good position to win 10 or 15 or 20 times what you would have.
Again, that's a rough sample, but it illustrates the point. You have to be willing to die in order to live.
However, let's say you get to a point near the bubble where you can fold to a $1 payout, or take a coinflip that will either knock you out with $0 or advance you a little farther down the line (realistically a $1.20 or $1.30 payout). In that case fold to the money, as it's not worth it.
What you need to do is find balance.
Freeroll players are bad for the most part. A good player has a big advantage, so you want to avoid playing big hands that endanger your stack, and instead take as much easy money as you can.
This doesn't mean you should be too nitty though. You should be siezing opportunities as they arise. (Their post flop play is generally really bad, so I like isolating bad players to abuse them post-flop) By the time you hit the bubble you should have a big enough stack that you can bully the smaller stacks that are trying to make the money.