re: Poker & Preparing for a tournament!
Don't fall in love with pocket pairs. For example, you are dealt jacks in position, it's folded all the way and you raise but get called by the SB. The flop brings a scary card for your holding (an ace, a king or a queen) or it is a wet flop encouraging straight or flush draws... postflop you will need to control the pot. If your flop cbet gets called or worse re-raised, be ready and willing to let your hand go. Even if you happen to get aces instead of jacks in a wet flop and your opponent bets as if he got the nuts, better save your chips for a more friendly flop.
Also, don't be afraid to play implied odds
hands. With small pairs or suited connectors, if you do hit the flop with a set, a full or a nut straight or flush, you will most probably double up your stack.
Finally, tight is good while antes are not in play. When antes kick in, start stealing from CO or BU, but be ready to face counter aggression from the SB and BB!! If the tourney has a decent structure, that is, it's not a turbo game, you should be able to get ITM by playing solid poker.