This is a discussion on First hand within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; First hand in a tournament and get A J off in the small blind. Three people limp in, I call and the big blind checks.
Check and fold , the only option that I think you could take to play the pot differently is to try and iso raise preflop . That way hopefully we can take the pot to HU where we can take it down on the majority of flops with a cbet .
I do not remember where I saw (in the book) at the start of the tournament (especially online) at the table with opponents whom we do not know or do not have the history to them, we should concentrate on observation. especially on opponents who are involved in the hand and focus on the showdown hands and the game during this time ... by playing only premium hands at that time. It makes life easier and allows you to collect the necessary information (metagame). Poker is a game of patience ... the tournament is not won in the beginning, but at the end.
It depends on tournament, but mainly with AJo on SB, I would raise after limping. for example 3 ppl limped in for 20, Im on SB with 1500 - raise to 130. When more than 1 person is calling and u dont hit a flop I would play check-decide. On HU FLOP almost always c-bet and u win a pot.
Yes if your OOP I would check and fold, or if you have notes regarding some of the players ie if they play tight and have ranges like AQ AK ect I would c bet raise if they bet, most of the time they will try and snatch the pot, but in 99% of cases yes check and fold if no notes.
Unlike many on here I don't mind limp pre-flop. Especially in a live tourney if you get to show them it can buy you an unusual image from rest of table. I personally also like seeing a ton of flops. Check-muck is right play though, makes it appears you limped with bad hand.
I definitely would have raised to something like 4-5 BB pre-flop on that hand to try to take it down before the cards come out. Otherwise I would definitely recommend checking it, Ace high is not likely the best hand in a 4-way pot