This is a discussion on which is the most important thing for you when playing a tournament within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; for me the most important thing is to have a calm mind :p:p
The most important thing to me when I play a tourney is to win. Second most important thing is to play a solid game. Don't let the bingo playing donks push me off my game. As long as I play a solid game I can live with whatever place I finish in for playing a solid game is a little win of it's own.
for me the most important thing is to have a calm mind
Often times when I get stirred up I tend to spiral out of control but when I stay calm I find I can overcome some difficult situations. I bet I've lost a lot more times then I needed to by losing my patience.
Patience ! In both the long run and short run I think the patience to always stick to your A game and treat every stack size with the same amount of effort. Tournaments can be swingy, so being able to stay calm and play your best game throughout all situations will give you the best chance to win !
re: Poker & which is the most important thing for you when playing a tournament
For me the most important thing to do is just play smart poker. If you go out there and play your A game every time overall you will go far in tournament play. It does not matter if you fail today, tomorrow or the next 10 days as long as you play smartly. In the long run you will win.
I have the most success in tournaments when I do not look at things like how many players left, average chip count, etc. When I am focusing on what is the best play with this many BBs I usually make it the deepest.
Profits in tournaments depends on a lot of things that you have to know and to be. As other mates wrote above, a winner mindset is very important and equally important is to make the most correct decisions as much as possible, even you lose.
To already realize I may lose and be ok with that outcome.
It always helps your mental toughness to learn to be okay with the statistical certainty of losing. You are facing tough odds and an uphill battle every time you enter a tournament, and you face a difficult enough time making it in the money, let alone first place. This is why bankroll management and focusing on the overall success of your play--rather than stats like wins/losses or ITM%--can be so important.
Keeping the size of your wagers to a small percentage of your total bankroll helps you withstand the really bad slumps where you just can't seem to cash very often, or at all. And focusing only on the quality of your playing can help you avoid getting burnt out; the grind of playing a lot of tournaments can be tiresome whether you win or lose, but it is less so when you are not getting stressed out about whether you are winning or losing money.
If you are already good at this mental sort of stuff, you might make better use of your time studying more of the theory part of the game.
Patience, discipline and endurance. Patience to wait for the best spots, discipline to fold when you are beat and endurance to remain focused for a long period of time (and to notice when the best spots come up).
The most important thing to me is the strategy I apply.
When the blinds are small I play more hands, but when the blinds go up, I apply my tournament strategy where I play certain hands.
A big part of the strategy is to keep calm. If I am happy with the way, I've been playing certain hands but lost anyway due to an unlucky river hand, I try to stay focused and not be too aggressive in pursuit of winning back the lost chip count.
For me it's got to be maintaining focus over long periods of time. Just remembering to pay attention to what everyone does whether I'm in the hand or not seems to be my biggest hurdle, but if I do that the rest becomes much easier.
for me its to play my game. i really have to work on clamming down in the later levels where i tend to have my matusow moment. I can play an excellent game then in one hand make a move i know is foolish. then wonder why i played so well for 3 hours then blew it with one stupid move