This is a discussion on What must you do when u keep getting rags within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Hi, everyone had this situation I believe, over 30 hands in a tournament with nothing but rags, in this case, what ur strategy be?
I am used to it. I play my hands when I get good ones and deal with the drought. It can be a pain, but it happens. If you have a hand worth trying, play it. If you do not, don't. If you blind out, it happens. Sometimes you can bluff your way to a win, but you need to pick your spots and the right people to try it.
There is no strategy for being card dead, and what happened in previous hands is not relevant to, how your current hand should be played. The only exception is, if you think, a tight table image has been created, in which case you can open up your range a bit. However in online micro and low stakes games table image is often an illusion, since your opponents are either multitabling or multitasking, while they play. Or they are complete beginners, who are unable to focus on anything but their own cards (level 1 thinkers). So in most situations the only thing, you can do, is to continue to fold, until you get a playable hand.
Bad cards are common for a long time in a tournament, and then when a strong hand comes, often some 75 of you are run over, this is also common. This is online poker, you have a choice to play or not. the most important thing in such moments is not to overestimate your hand and not to rush to risk your participation in the tournament.
I particularly try to wait to be in a cutoff, button, to try to steal at least the blinds, but if I encounter some resistance, I hang up and wait for a more decent hand.
I only take chances in final positions.
Nothing you can do about being card dead.
Except have a reasonable bank roll and play the buy in tournaments that your bank roll management allows.
For example, I only lined up to play 4 tournaments last evening as I was having poor results the day before. Just made the money in 2 of the 4 tournaments, and in the last one, I made 4th place which paid $80 plus. So considered a good day's work.
Played 6 games so far today, just got into the money twice and busted out the rest. So poor day today again with rags all day long. Might call it a night and try again tomorrow.