Originally Posted by ovsleka
In the early stages of a tournament, the blinds are quite small and the antes have not yet appeared. Many players play pretty loose, not seriously referring to the early stages. But this is a big mistake - you should go fully from the first distribution and to the bitter end.
A tighter approach is good, but not always
Some players are so afraid to get in a large cooler during the initial levels of the tournament that starts playing too tight. You should not play like a complete NIT and only play premium hands. Try to go to the game with different hands, if you have the opportunity to do this inexpensively. Collect reads on your opponents, sometimes practice stiling. Look for very tight opponents and begin to gradually exert pressure on them.
Lay traps and do not fall
During the early levels of the game you have to be really picky with the starting hands for the game. You have a great opportunity to try to lure your opponents into a trap, playing speculative hands against their predictable top-of the range
not quite on an agreement with you there. for me, the early stages are really not that important. because as you said the blinds are not that high and except freerolls
and coolers, people are not going to invest a lot of chips into any pot and so why take the risk of bluffing
if you are not going to make your hand for in exchange of what? i believe you shouldn't be risking so much chips into any pot if you don't have over 30 bbs and ok at the starting level it's much more than that but observing your opponent's play is a better plus imho instead of getting that pressure onto yourself. so imo, starting levels are more suited to the observants rather playing every pot because it's cheap and bla bla...