re: Poker & How to pick-up chips when card dead until first break...
During the early stages of MTTs-10/20, 15/20, 20/40-blinds I dont worry too much if Im card dead. I play tight and not many hands, but the hands I do play have a lot of potential to win me big pots. AA, KK, QQ, AK. Also, look to go set mining with small pairs if you can get in for cheap. Avoid hands like QJ, K10, J10, etc. I dont blind steal/re-steal during these early stages.
Once blinds get to about 25/50, 30/60, 50/100 open up your hand range more. If I had been playing tight and folding everything, Im usually sitting at around 1200 when blinds are at 25/50 which is ok. I still have a decent stack to work with, but now I have to start accumulating chips. Play position a lot stronger now. Go for the blind steals/re-steals now because the pots are now worth it. Attack the weak/passive and loose players to try and pick up the chips. You dont need a great hand as long as your hand can beat their range of hands they play, you'll have a slight advantage and it could pay off. Dont play every hand, still be selective and pick your spots, but be aggressive with them.