Should I be cashing more?
I hope this is the right forum because it sounds a little like a beginner question but here goes.
How critical are the starting hands you are dealt to cashing in a MTT? I am fairly new to tournament play, having been a ring game player for several years although I consider myself still a beginner. I play very low limits (sub $1.00) primarily for enjoyment, although I would like to break even and improve my game with an eye to moving up when finances allow. For the month I'm ITM 21.88 (over 32 entries) with an ROI of about 40, owing primarily to a FT I reached. I play mostly rebuys with an initial rebuy and then the double add-on only, and 360 seat SNGs on another site.
I have noticed that my cashes run in groups. For example, I cashed in 6 of 8 tournaments yesterday - barely in all, but cashed - and today I am 0 for 5. Yesterday, I was getting playable starting hands (by my standards) with hits about 20% on the flop and today I was getting none. I'm curious whether this is just something that happens in online poker or whether I need to rethink what a good starting hand is.
A brief synopsis of today's tournaments:
.10 360 SNG, played 24 minutes, lost AA and KK, best hands not played A4o, KTo. I didn't win a single hand in this tournament.
.25 45 SNG, played 43 minutes, best hands AJo, ATo, KQo, KJox2, won three hands
.10 360 SNG, played 74 minutes, won AA & AKo, best hands otherwise A7ox2, QTo only won those two hands
.25 rebuy, played 81 minutes, best hands AKs (lost all-in), AKo, AJo, KJo, won three hands
.50 rebuy, played 22 minutes, best hands AA, AQo, AJs, didn't win a hand - didn't rebuy when knocked out with AA
I am trying to figure out whether I am playing the cards I get wrong when I don't hit on the flop (which is another question entirely) or there are times when you simply don't get cards that you can play. I should add that none of the top hands I was dealt and folded on the flop would have won the hand had I stayed to the river and my only chance would have been an all-in preflop, although in most cases there were multiple players in each hand when it got to me.
I'm not complaining about my ITM or ROI, far from it. Rather, I'm curious as to where to start looking to improve my game.