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I am talking about tournaments(MTT) with about 30-40 players.What should be the strategy:

  1. Go loose: Force other players to either go all in or fold, if you have slightly good cards
  2. Go tight: Let other player play amongst themselves and then defeat the last few players
  3. Play as you were: It is slightly difficult to maintain once I am chip leader

I have tried all 3 but still can't determine the best amongst them, which is the best strategy?

I believe that amount with which you are leading will matter. I think there must be two subdivisions to this question. One would be when you are only twice or thrice ahead, and other when you have even more.

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See my answer here: poker.stackexchange.com/a/768/309 , it mostly applies to your question as well. –  Radu Murzea Mar 21 '13 at 8:24
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Like many answers in poker, it depends. If the table you are at is wild and crazy, you can tighten up, back off and let them all duke it out. Don't sit back too long though or the luckiest of the crazies will soon be the chip leader. If the table is playing tight at this point, steal more blinds than normal. But perhaps one good strategy is, don't get into it with anyone that has more than half of your chip count, unless you're pretty sure you're going to win it. (Only applies to no-limit.)

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When you are the chip leader and are leading by a substantial margin, there is no doubt that you can pressurize the other players. I would suggest forcing other players to go all in or fold even if you have cards, which aren't really very great.For more strategies and tips you can go HERE.

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I would say you can play a bit looser but not too loose.

Its so annoying when you are playing in a tourney and the chipleader/bigstack keeps doubling people up by calling all ins with any two cards.

Use position to your advantage and bully people where you can, but do it sensibly.

Dont take unnecessary flips. Just because you have AKs doesnt mean you should call an all in pre flop for 1/4 your stack.

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But it's not annoying when the chip leader doubles you up too! –  TTT Mar 21 '13 at 16:23
    
This is very true, but it is annoying when you cannot play a hand because they raise constantly and then you get AA or something and they call with 2 7 suited and hit the flush or the full house ;) –  Gaz Winter Mar 21 '13 at 20:07
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Sure, it is annoying, but I would welcome this behavior. If I have AA then I look forward to someone with more chips than I have to be calling my pre-flop raise. Assumming they don't flop the made hand, I'll push them all in on the flop to punish them for their original pre-flop call. If they flop some kind of draw and decide to chance it and still call- well then most of the time you just doubled up, which is what your goal is. And if you can get them to call your all in preflop- even better! –  TTT Mar 22 '13 at 14:38
    
Why is the big stack calling with AK so bad? Do you really think the short stacks are only pushing with AA or KK? I'd call and all in for 1/4 of my stack with AK every time. –  Peregrine Mar 22 '13 at 16:40
    
All I am saying is that you dont need to be taking these unecessary flips. Its all player dependant. If someone is less than 10bb then sure call with AK since they have such a wide range. Whereas if you have been on the same table as the guy for an hour and its the first time he's played aggressively then the chances are he already has a hand thats beating yours. –  Gaz Winter Apr 5 '13 at 14:08
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