Generally, for all tourneys, freeroll or real money
buy-ins, there are 2 tourneys. The first is to get ITM, and the 2nd starts the moment the bubble bursts.
The beginning levels in each of those sub-tourneys will play about the same. The motivations will be different tho. In the real beginning many will have a 'get rich quick or go home' mindset, after the bubble bursts, you will see the same play from short stacks, with the altered mindset along the lines of; 'At least I covered my buy in', but again, the play will be almost identical. So if you started tight (and avoided the insanity), then be tight for a few orbits after the bubble.
Whatever got you thru the first 'tourney in a tourney' was good, just do more of it.
After the bubble, what you can do will be totally dependent on how big your stack is;
- If short, you have to find that shove or fold mentality.
- If huge, remember that you do not need to be the table sheriff. You can sit back some and watch the carnage as the shorties kill each other off. But you can be more successful playing the table sheriff (if conditions are right or ripe) if that is something you can do comfortably.
- If you are near the average stack size, relax, you are not in immediate jeopardy, and you do not have to aim at being the big stack for a while. Remember this; if you can maintain something close to an average stack, you should make the final table. This does not mean you are being tight, that average stack size is a moving target, and it is always moving up!
Oh yeah, last thing, find private freerolls