This is a discussion on busting out in the last 30 within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; hey ppl. new here, hope I'm at the right forum.
i think I'm pretty decent on the tables, but i have this problem where i
I'd say that you definitely seem like a solid player if you keep ending around that mark. It really depends on how many times you've ended up at that position. Evaluating yourself in poker, as I'm sure you know, can't be done so in just a couple games. Rather, you should keep playing many more tournaments and see if you hit the top 5. While skill will get you to the top positions in a tournament, often luck will vary your finishing position to a large range.
Also, if you're doing that well you also have a good opportunity to watch and learn from your opponents as you can be sure they are solid players.
I'd be careful with what you mean by premium hands too, as the strength of your hand depends on the community cards. Any great hand pre-flop can be knocked down a few pegs by corruption cards