No limit hold'em poker is a strategy game in which you need to be very appreciative about which hands you play. It's not the volume of hands you play, it's the quality of the hands that you play and the likelihood of each of them being profitable. You simply need to win the few hands that you do decide to play. Yes, you need a willing adversary to play against your strong hands, but patience is a very important skill and a cornerstone mindset of some of the most thriving tournament players in the history of the game. You need to know more than calculating poker odds and understanding poker rules to win these days.
By keeping a close check on the play even when you aren't in the hand, you will be able to pinpoint opportunities to get involved, even without strong hands. They too can be profitable, winning hands.I often play much weaker hands against weaker opponents, simply due to their propensity to make huge errors. Because of these hands, you will be blending up your play sufficiently enough to throw off almost any opponents. You will still earn respect are the aggressor in a hand, but you won't be so readable to invite frequent aggressive plays against you. Ideally, this is where you will be setting the stage for your over-aggressive opponents who play out of position and with vulnerable hands.
Keeping disciplined throughout a whole tournament is critical. Take all the time you need to be sure you know what you are doing before getting involved in a pot that will too big to turn away from. Take all the time you need to be sure you know what you are doing before getting involved in a pot that will too big to turn away from Cocksureness, or anxiety will often guide you into the beast's cave, if you don't take a few extra moments to think things through. One of my good friend's claims the best advice I ever gave him was to count to 10 anytime he was considering going all-in - no matter what.
The toughest plays in poker tournaments usually involve you folding. We all know how that feels. And none of us envy being the scared little mouse having to wag and recede against an assertive opponent. But if it's too early in the tournament, and your tournament chips stack is still yet Green Mzone, then that is very likely exactly what you should be doing unless you know you have the better hand. It takes a huge commitment to winning this game so as to fold the difficult hands, and it's one of the hardest aspects of the game to learn. However, once you understand, you will know how to win poker tournaments.
When you are able to merge this type of patience, discipline and dedication to your game, you will start to make more and more final tables, frequent cashes, and more and more correct plays, which will result, at least he eventually, in lucrative final results. This is a matter of undeniable poker math.