Originally Posted by 663366
while a lot of people who master these satty's would completely disagree... at the start is when the worst players give away their chips and if you double/triple up you could literally cruise to the bubble needing just to win one or two flips to score a main event seat. that's how a friend of mine does it and he's won something like 10 main event seats in the last 2-3 years.
Full disclosure. What I posted is how I played online SNG's. Never played WSOP satellites, but pretty sure I'd base my play on what I wrote.
That said, I'm not saying you shouldn't adjust your game if some spewy players show up at your table as 663366 suggests. You should definitely play early (keeping pots under control, in my opinion), and I'd personally play more hands if there are obvious fish involved. However, I still think it's a pretty big mathematical/ICM error if you go out early by getting involved in flips or other high variance situations in the first few levels.