Posted by Dr Fro 8:51 AM Daniel Negreanu has had his fair share of success in tournaments. While this article doesnt get into a lot of math, it does, on the surface, contradict some points in popular tournament theory, including Sklansky's ideas.
Basically, if the tournament pays out 6 places (like JG's and my tournament) and there are 7 players left, should you play conservative and back into the money or play agressively? I think Daniel is right that you should play aggressively. This is because you know that others will Be playing too tight. So all you are doing is taking advantage of their mistakes. I have seen this pay dividends where a guy really increased his stack size at the bubble stage of the tournament, which put him in a great position to win it all. The only downside is that if his the chances he takes fail, he wins no money.
The only time this advice should not be followed, IMO, is when all 7 (or most of the 7) players are using this advice! In that case, let them duke it out, and you may back into 3rd place.
This is the one aspect of tournament poker that I have always struggled most with, so I am interested in reading your comments.