re: Poker & What to do when the cards go cold
"Fold Equity" and "Position". These are the keys to late MTT success. If you are getting blinded out, don't let it go past the point where it would be dumb for someone to NOT call you with ATC. Start out tight, loosen up when the blinds get worth stealing. There is a big difference between playing rags and loosening up and getting more aggressive.
I tend to look at position this way: At a full table, I'm facing 8 random holdings. Now if I am on the button, and the first 6 people fold, then I'm in reality playing a 3 handed game, so the range of hands I'll raise or limp with is expanded a lot and the value of high cards and pocket pairs goes way up. KJo UTG is insta fold, but KJo in position with an unopened pot is a strong hand as you are really only up against 2 random holdings.
Same applies to fold equity. Lets say the blinds are 200/400 and you have 2200 chips left. This is "Push or Fold" territory. If there are 5 folds up to you, and you push all in with ATC, that very well might get you the blinds, which equates to 9 more hands you can see. If you have been playing tight up to this point, (and you aren't at a table of fish), you will get respect and the blinds. Even if you do get called, if you have 2 live cards and aren't up against a PP, at worst you're something like 65/35 underdog.