yeah...if it's a live tourney with 30bb starting stacks and with 20 mins blinds then this is a pretty horrible structure. it turns into bingo soon enough and so, unfortunately it really does come down to catching cards early and playing them fast.
Usually, in these tourneys I double up or go home fairly early. Don't Cbet much. Don't bluff basically at all. Probably can't afford to make any big laydowns either, even if you feel fairly certain you might be beat, you aren't gonna get a lot of shots to build a stack before you're open shoving with hands like J8o.
set mining is an option if you can manage it with your stack size. But be careful and judicious, because it's easy to bleed off 30% your stack really quick with speculative hands that don't hit.
so...in short I'd play only strong hands, and speculative hands in position with good implied odds
. then hope for the best.
just busted out of one of these a couple hours ago at a casino 3 hours from my house....so now I'm killing time waiting for my satellite....