The mid stage of the tournament begins when there are approximately 30% of the tournaments entrants left in the event. If at that time you’ve already made the money and will be cashing in the event, skip over the midlevel strategy section and move straight toward the final stage strategy.
During this stage of the game players will be using the knowledge they gained earlier in the tournament to garner chips and prepare for the final stage of the event. During the 1st stage, you were playing a very tight game; here you’ll loosen things up a bit, as opportunities arise. You must now become very aggressive, overplaying hands before the flop and pushing other players around.
When the blinds are raised players will become tighter and less inclined to risk their stacks. Some will also start to play just to finish in the money. You must feed on this weakness, by realizing that elimination is a possibility but victory is a more likely possibility through strong and confident betting. This is the time to feel out these types of players, and take advantage of them. Steal blinds, re-raise and outplay them.
If you can’t outplay your opponents, or you’re not great at getting away from a pair of tens when the table-nit flops AK, then don’t get into the habit of playing to many hands here. Stick to AJ, AQ, AK, TT, JJ, QQ, KK, AA and hammer your opponents when you have those hands.
You must be prepared to take risks, to accept the possibility of defeat, and start to accumulate the chips you need in the final stage.