re: Poker & Switching Gears
Well, I personally play loose for the first hour and then gradually tighten up. So you could categorize that as switching gears- 1st hour I play very fast- more willing to call raises with rags, bluffing, check-raising with draws, check-raising all-in with nothing, etc. 2nd hour- tighten up more, play far fewer hands. 4th and 5th hours- all-in, or if big stack, put opponent all-in, or fold, no limping at all.
All this is from my experience at Bodog where I have an excellent ROI at the $10-$100 tourneys, especially their $44 tourneys. Now if I could only stop playing cash games and the 270 Players Choice, lol.