It's one of the hardest things to do sometimes. To resist your temptation to battle with someone. I get especially frustrated when I battle my way to a final table (I think once you get to a final table, the gloves should come off, and your sole purpose- regardless of how many chips you have- should be to try and win the tournament), and see 1 or 2 (if not more) opponents just sit there and hope they can work their way up the money (I'm referring more to buy-ins than freerolls).
I have a term for this competitive nature I have, and how it more often then not backfires on me. I call it "leaving money on the table"; I do it quite a bit sadly :cry:
I was playing in a tournament yesterday, and there were 5 of us (including myself) left at the final table. The pay scale for this tournament was as follows: $26.50 for 1st, $21.20 for 2nd, $15.90 for 3rd, $10.60 for 4th, and $5.60 for 5th.
There was one opponent who had but one goal- to finish as high as he could, and therefore win more money. I'm intelligent enough as a poker player to realize this (I see it frequently), and it became so obvious to the other 4 of us, that I expressed to that person how disgusting I thought it was.
I normally keep my comments to myself, and don't let others know they got the best of me. What he said a hand or two before I confronted him left me no choice but to express how I felt about him and others like him.
This opponent had fewer chips than I did, and I calculated (based on the blinds, and when they were due to increase) when this opponent would be eliminated (if he failed to act or didn't win a pot). I was in the big blind (he was to my left), and the button raised enough to put me all-in. The small blind folded. I had A Q os; a hand that I would normally take my chances with. In this case, however, I knew this opponent was praying I would call; it would guarantee him another $5 if I was eliminated. He had no intentions on playing unless he was forced to, and the blinds were so high, that this would occur in the next couple hands. I typed out "I would normally play A Q here, but I'll wait). This guy FLIPPED OUT, was criticizing me for doing exactly what he had been doing from the moment we all made the final table.
At first, I decided not to say anything, but then I realized that it was the perfect opportunity for me to express the way I felt about people like him, and how they go into conservative mode (when they should be all the more aggressive) once they make a final table. I said how my ideologies were different than his; that I PLAY TO WIN a tournament, and that people like him play TO WIN MORE MONEY. He didn't question this either.
He was eliminated a hand or two later, and even though I finished 4th (winning $10.60), I took a lot of pride for expressing the way I felt about those types of players.
I look at it this way- you should try to win the tournament- not more money. And if you think about it, you're going to WIN MORE MONEY if you try to and are successful winning it then you'd ever be just trying to survive.
I should also explain something about the post I made before this one; referring to how I just "sat back" and let this "bully" pick off opponents one by one. I was conservative in that tournament trying to to make the final table (and guarantee myself $30 instead of $15), but once I did so, my goal was simple- I was going to do everything I could to win. Had I decided to continue being conservative, I'm certain I could of won $10 or $20 more dollars ($75 for 4th, $65 for 5th, $55 for 6th). However, I would much rather lose out on $10 or $20 dollars to win the tournament (the $250 for 1st place would have been ok too :wink: )