playing almost every hand early on is too loose, IMO.
early on, play only strong hands and speculative hands vs. the tight players
vs. the drinkers you can play speculative and strong hands, and you can also add in medium hands when you have position, but exercise pot control when you have top pair type hands and value bet them to death when you have 2 pair or better.
with only paying top 3 you really need to play to accumulate a big stack...but this is not done by brute force playing every hand. This is done by value betting the calling stations to death and cracking the monster hands of the tight older players who won't want to believe you, and bluffing
the heck out of the tight players who are capable of big lay downs.
So as usual poker advice goes....play the player.