One of my main goals in these tourneys is to survive till it is down to five people hopefully with enough chips to make my presence relevant. There is no point in having 100 chips left when the blinds are 25/50. You have to make your move before it gets to that.
Every call matters, even the 15 chip ones at the first level. Now this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t play a hand here and there when it looks like a good opportunity, it just means that you don’t want to have a marginal hand and lose 200 chips right off the bat. It’s hard to recover from there since you have little to work with.
Next, be aggressive. You don’t want to be a caller and you don’t want to be a small bettor. You are going to need a little luck to win these tourneys since they are so compressed but your chances go up if you play aggressively. People don’t like to fold…especially new players and even more so in tournaments. So if you have a good hand, don’t be afraid to put more chips in the pot then you normally would.
Over betting confuses a lot of people and sometimes makes them more often to call then to fold. Also, people brand you as a wild player and often times you’ll get more action that way too. Aggressiveness should dictate much of your card selection as well as betting style. In other words, don’t limp in with hands. When you come in raise, and if you can’t raise don’t play the hand. Try to raise enough to get heads up and then go from there.
After reading this, I can only hope that you have seen the light. What you do from here is totally up to you. Using the techniques in this book will benefit you any way you look at it. Set your mind to keep your game sharp and aggressive. It will also help you to win more and more pots each and every time you play.