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. Fundamentally, you just need to win the hands you 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 mark 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.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 most any antagonists. 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. The ideal situation here, is that you will be catching your opponents off guard when you have a strong hand and they do not.
Discipline is necessary for success in no limit hold'em poker tournaments. You have got to take any time that is needed to understand what exactly is happening in the hand you are playing - before you make your move. Overconfidence, or anxiety will often lead you into the lion's den, if you don't take a few extra moments to think things through. Sometimes, all you need to do is reckon for ten or twelve seconds before making your last determination.
The thorniest 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 stack is still Green Mzone, then that is very likely exactly what you should be doing unless you recognize you have the best hand. It takes a huge commitment to winning this game in order to fold the difficult hands, and it's one of the thorniest facets 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. There are no two ways about it.