Tip #3: Be More Aggressive Against Big Stacks on the Bubble
Very often players with lower or middling stack sizes play way too tight near the bubble, just hoping to make it into the money. Although stack preservation is a big factor in tournaments, there are still certain plays we can make to accumulate chips and build our stack without necessarily having to put our tournament life on the line. When you are in a scenario where you have say 20 big blinds, some other players have 10 big blinds, and then the chip leader opens with 40 big blinds, you can exploit their wide opening range by 3-betting as an exploit! 3-bet more aggressively and force them into a situation with their marginal hands, as long as you know the big stack isn’t a very tight player.
By taking down these 3-5 big blind pots preflop every now and then you will increase your stack before the money and set yourself up to make a deep run. Just be careful and don’t take every spot you see, especially if 3-betting and then having to fold will put you in a bad position where you are now a short stack and have to worry about making it to the money.