For me the hardest part by far is staying focused the entire tournament right till the death. So often i'm running well, have a small lapse in judgement and bam! tourney over three hours wasted and sad panda!
It definitely sucks playing for hours and losing focus for two hands and then you are out
The first phase of the tournament, you have to be most careful and patiently wait for the cards. Then it is a little easier when there are fewer players left, everyone plays more prudently, less risk-takers, less bigo players.
Hardest part of the tournament is when you go all in with doubled stack and lose it with 10bb or less, then get a good hand and win yourself back to 20bb and try to stick together to keep yourself in the tournament.
The beginning of the tournament should not be difficult. (if your strength isn't the post-flop game, your style of play should be tight-aggressive) The difficulty starts where you don't have 100 blinds by far. Letís say youíre between 15 and 30 blinds and the price are near and high.
Well, here you can bring poker to some very difficult situations.
I read a lot of nonsense about how hard it is to play with 10 blinds or less. there are no uncomfortable post-flop situations in a huge pot. etc ... etc ... The situation is simple and you know exactly what is a good solution all in or fold in a given situation !! And of course you can easily get out, but the bigger mistake is usually that you fall below 10 blinds, and not your all in from the button with the relatively weak hand.
I think the hardest part of a tournament is when u drop to about 30bb because u can't really play push or fold strategies but you have to play tight and wait for the correct position and hand to double up