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 amount of hands you play, it's the quality of the hands that you play and the probability of each of them being money makers. When it gets right down to it, the hands you play must be winners. 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.This is where a strong player may get involved in the hopes of his adversary making a goliath size mistake. because of these hands, you will be mixing up your play sufficiently enough to throw off virtually 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 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 anxiety will often lead you into the lion's den, if you don't take a few extra moments to think things through. An outstanding rule of thumb is to count ten seconds before you resolve what to do - even if you are very sure.
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 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 challenging hands, and it's one of the strongest 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 loyalty to your game, you will start to make more and more final tables, steady cashes, and more and more correct plays, which will result, at least he eventually, in profitable final results. I guarantee it.