UNDERSTANDING HAND STRENGTH - Choosing a good hand
I see a lot of newbies shoving and calling an all in with KQ and KJ and QJ in the beginning of the tournament and mostly losing and once in a while winning. Sometimes even after not hitting the flop they shove or call all-in. Guys, These are marginal hands and any ace high or any pair is better than these hands. If nothing hits the board, they win and if you and them both hit the board, they win. You have to be lucky to hit the board when they don't to win. Clearly, as you win only in one of the three possible scenarios, you are an underdog and it's better not to play these hands at all.
There are three qualities of a good hand other than pocket pairs that one should look for when selecting hand: Suitedness, straightedness and high-handedness. Your hand as long has two of these three qualities, it's a good hand to begin with as it has maximum chances of turning up a decent draw or a good hand on the flop. That's why KT suited is not as good hand as JT suited and 67 suited is better than JT off. Although I wouldn't recommend playing all the hands with two qualities, this is just a good guide to understand the concept of choosing hands altogether. One important thing that trumps the hand choosing is always position which is explained in a separate thread.