Into the 3rd Period
This is where things get a little bit tricky; you have to make a decision based on where you are in the league standings on how aggressive you play the final few levels. I will talk about the money bubble, for our purposes lets say final 18 gets paid with 120 entrants. I made a decision after the 2nd PSO league tournament that I would push hard and not be afraid to go out once we got down to the final 18. My motto was go big or go home, there was no holding on just to move up a few positions, and holding on will cost you many positions in the long run. This also applies in hockey, how often you see the team protecting a lead play the entire 3rd period in their end, only to let the more offensive team score to tie it up or take the lead because of the momentum. This is the most critical aspect of league events that only count your top scores, positions 14-18 make no difference, you need to get final tables and top 5 to ensure a real low score. This starts by throwing whatever stack you have around to take a few chances. I had two 17th place finishes because of this but I also had a 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th based on this play. This time frame is the key to success and if you don’t accumulate chips now you wont be able to make a run at it, don’t be happy going into overtime, you need to pound your opponent and steal like its you job and you get paid to do it. Once you get to the final table you can sit back if you have a medium stack because the extra positions do end up meaning more, but position 10-18 felt like the same thing to me. Let the other player’s knock themselves out before you start getting too aggressive at the final table. I’ll use the analogy of Rocky; he let the other guy beat on him till the end, and made an aggressive come back and knocked him out when it mattered.