Originally Posted by dj11
It might look like I am sitting out, but seldom if ever am I not there. Before the bubble bursts, if I have a big stack, I feel little if any compunction to put myself at risk, and doing that stupid table sheriff thing.
Immediately after the burst, the game will be playing as crazy as the very first few hands of the tourney, and I feel no need to join in that insanity either.
But I am sitting there watching for premium opportunities, and folding fast when there isn't one. That is what would make others think I might be sitting out (if the site software isn't telling them).
So in a sense it is sort of strategic, tho not a strategy, more like another tool to understand and use when appropriate. It will always be table dependent. This faux sitting out is a different situation than purposeful delay. Delay is a wholey different subject.
bingo, exactly. cannot improve on this answer.
I suppose the only time I MIGHT truly sit out...(like go take a shower or something)....would be if I already have accumulated in the money chips...and we are far from the money. More to lose than gain in a situation like that. But, having in the money chips far from the money is really hard to do. Usually in most MTTs even the tourney chip leader doesn't have in the money chips until pretty far into the tourney. Either way, I'd prefer to just play tight solid poker, and fold all marginal spots.
think about the WSOP main event....every single year there is a day 1 or day 2 chip leader who busts out by the end of the day. I bet that guy wishes he would have just spent the day at the pool! slow down there partner! you can't win the main event in 1 day!!!
but for me, and my goals.... I play poker because I love to play poker. I don't play it to eek out a slightly higher win rate or pay my mortgage. I choose to play because I like having cards in my hand and seeing flops and making decisions.....and never, ever is playing poker more fun than when I have a mountain of chips!!
So, even if sitting out might be an OK strategy...I wouldn't be able to enjoy sitting at the pool knowing my stack is just blinding down!