Originally Posted by nutshooter
Conservative is the way to go! if you only play winning hands you can't lose. As for not catching good cards, we've all been there. Just hang tough if you get 1 good hand every 16 hands at a 9 person table, you just paid for blinds. Eventually the cards will hit and you will be able to trap a fish
This sounds really exploitable to me. Sure maybe on a super micro table you will still be able to get some action even after folding round after round but with good players you won't.
Some days you will be totally cardead. I've played online tournaments before and have not had a starting hand for over 90mins. (I'm talking not even a pair, not even ducks, not suited connectors, not even a suited Ace, pure nothingness). I don't mind getting dealt junk later on in a tournament because it makes the decisions so much easier. Also, if I am totally cardead for long periods of time in early levels, I will open with some more marginal hands like 97o, 65s. If I get called by blinds I can still try to represent an 'A' or 'K' on the flop OR if I actually hit a big hand it will be concealed really well and I get the chance to take down a big pot. There's also a good change I'll at least get to take the blinds because I've been folding for so long.
Good cards will come to you. There will be days when you feel like you are hitting every single flop, where your pocket pairs are flopped a set very often, where when you get dealt a big hand like 'KK' someone else gets 'QQ', etc. It does balance out as mentioned above.