Playing some lower stakes tournaments and freeroll tournaments, I play pretty loose. I track my VPIP (or whatever its called, Voluntary Put in Pot Pre-Flop I believe is the long form) for just the session. My VP is usually around 75 - 85 in these and I do very well at first, I build a large chip stack almost every time end up in the top 10 for most of the tourny but always end up busting out close to the bubble.
I tried to adjust by tightening up once I had a big stack and the player pool started dwindling, but this doesn't seem to help. I play tight and the other players are still playing like maniacs, I pick my spot w/ AA or AK or whatever, then get trounced. Sometimes 3 or 4 times in a row to go out.
This is online play so no doubt could just be the rigged casino ripping me off, but I'm wondering if anyone had any advice on playing at this level. I'm great at building a huge stack, but I just can't seem to hold onto it until the bubble. Sometimes going out as the last person before the money which is extremely depressing after beating out thousands of people and spending hours on something.
Any advice or help would be much appreciated.