No limit hold'em poker is a strategy card game in which you need to be very concerned 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. When it gets right down to it, the hands you play must be winners. Yes, you need a disposed adversary to play against your good hands, but forbearance is a very important skill and a foundation mind-set of some of the most prosperous 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 juicy, winning hands.Picking spots against weaker players can lead to huge wins, given their propensity for misplays. Because of these hands, you will be blending up your play sufficiently enough to throw off most any antagonists. You will still earn respect are the aggressor in a hand, but you won't be so readable to allow steady aggressive plays against you. What you want to accomplish here is a lethal trap of those players who like to play too many hands.
Keeping disciplined throughout a whole tournament is critical. You need to force yourself to think things through very carefully before you act, even if you're very sure of what to do and what your opponent is holding. Overconfidence, or anxiousness will often take 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 thorniest plays in poker tournaments usually involve you folding. We all know how that feels. Nobody wants to feel like a mouse getting scared back into the corner of the house after a serious reraise by an aggressive 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 best 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. I guarantee it.