Thanks For the Help
Well - before I started reading so much (to include this board) I wasn't playing very well. Could only win freeroll tourneys. Real money
SNGs would kill me on the bubble. Didn't have the discipline to fold decent but not great hands.
Now - I have won my last 2 SNGs (3.00+.40). It's only 2 and low money, so it doesn't mean much - unless you are me. I didn't win because I got lucky for once (twice)...I won because I'm starting to implement a lot of the stuff I've read here and in books.
So - thanks! Hopefully I can continue to get better.
Both times I pretty much folded about 90% of my hands. Last tourney - Couple of ppl were really LAG and I let them knock each other out. Watched a few get pretty big chip leads as I went to around $900 (out of $1500). Then I started to make a move. There were 5 of us left when I pulled an AA and played it. I bet 2X blind and it was called by one and other folded. So heads up. Flop comes out and all low cards. I bet 3X blind and he just calls. Figured I had best hand or he would have raised. Next card was a J. I check and he comes back All-In. At some point I have to gamble. I really didn't think he had pocket Js because he'd been raising big trying to steal blinds up to this. So I put him on a low pair and a semi-bluff at the J. I called and won took him out. From there, I still played TAG and only played premium hands. For a while, everyone just exchanged blinds. Check, Raise, folds all around...next hand. Then I pulled AK. Someone raised All-In (now most were betting 2X $1200 and everyone would fold...or they'd go All-In). It became apparent that the All-Ins were trying to steal the blinds. So I called and and caught an A. Now I'm in the money. Started to play LAG and played anything w/ an A5 or better.
So morale - I never let my chip count rush me into decisions. I was down to 600 chips at one point. Pulled a good hand and doubled. Then blinds went up and I started winning. Changing gears really worked for me. I'd show some of my winning hands that I had so others would think I was getting the good hands - not just bluffing. I'd mix it up...but tried to show my High Pairs - Harrington says that's what people remember. They remember cards - and they remember when you had the Cards vs the times you won w/out a showdown.
Well - sorry so long. Just wanted to share how what I've learned here has helped me so far. Again - I know it's only 2 and some of you have won a LOT more - but it's a start.