re: Poker & MTT and SNG statistics
In the beginning stages the rule of thumb is tight tight tight! TIGHT! Okay tight... So when you get hands that are fit for your very tight range, then you must decide how to play them. If you have an aggressive table, contradictory to what one may think, limping is not the answer as you will get a lot of callers and your window for winning will be getting smaller. Instead, you raise when you have the chance.
Once you see yourself getting under 20 BB's, depending (especially with ante, otherwise 12BB's no ante), you may want to use the TAG method, or start pushing allins to steal blinds on cutoff or BTN with hands you feel you'd be ahead either way. However this is a very general statement, if you like to play turbo, then 20BB's is usually plenty and 12BB's is decent you may try this around 8-10BB's instead. No surprise, you open up as the tourney progresses.
The mentality of the MTT is all or nothing. You are playing to win, not to bubble. If it's a min prize/bubble situation, you are always losing. Playing to win means when a valuable hand comes in play, you take it. For example let's say you are 16th place in a tournament of 1000 people with 200 people remaining and 150 prizes. 3rd place allins you and you believe 4/5 times you are ahead. If you win this hand you become 1st place. You take this allin every time— even if your opponent has a tight range and you believe the chances are 50/50. Maybe 1/5 times he's ahead of you but the odds
say you are 4/5. You play to win the tournament or at least a Final Table because this is where the tourney pays out, (no shared prizes). SNG's are different because you are very dependant on the bubble.