Position as a Tournament Strategy?

JCW78

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Here's the situation:

10,000 starting chips
25/50 Blinds
30 minute blinds (45 min. blinds final table)

*This is my first large tournament! (308 entries/ 2days)

They say you need to have a strategy of some kind when entering a tournament. This is my thought. With levels at 30 minutes there is no reason at all to get froggy. So I am thinking a good way to approach this tournament is to only play three or four positions. Cutoff, button, small blind, and big blind. Mostly the button on and only with decent cards. I am planning on only playing A's, K's, Q's in all other positions. I figure with big stacks and lots of time I have atleast 3-4 hours to build chips with out playing alot.

Am I out of my mind or does this sound like a good solid approach?

Any input you guys can give me I would greatly appreciate. Whether I am right or wrong I would like to know. Thanks everyone!
 
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shano_88

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ive only played in one large torny before and i played the same strategy to a degree. when your actually on the table your going to see situtions to steal pots out of position but i mostly played tight and aggressive in the pots i was in. won plenty of small pots to slowly build my stack. i think, with the luck of some quality starting hands it is the best way to play big tourny nlhe...
 
OzExorcist

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Only thing to keep in mind is that 30 minute levels are actually fairly quick in a live game. 10,000 stacks with those starting blinds are pretty deep though, so it should offset it for a little while.

Do you know if the structure introduces antes at any point? Usually it's when the antes start that you want to open up your game a little, as even unopened pots become large enough to be worth stealing.
 
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it really depends who you're up against. if you're up against weaker players then they're probably not paying attention to what you're doing and you'll add to your stack. but if you have a strategy, system, or routine vs a strong player....then it's a lot easier for him to read you.
 
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You might consider adding one 'bluffing' hand to the early positions to help throw the observant oponents off. for instance you might decide that any time you J10 suited you will raise it like a premium pair. That way you will be 'bluffing" just enough to throw everyone way off, especially if you show it down.
 
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AlexeiVronsky

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I'd probably play at least all pairs from up front, if you're raising to just twice the BB from early position you'll still have 100xs potential implied odds if you make your set. Almost certainly going to be worth it for the payout and it might make you seem a little less tight than just raising around 1.3% of the time from up front. It'll at least be around 5.9% of the time which might seem a little less tight to your opponents.
 
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