Playing No Limit Hold’em can be fun when you do it online or when you play at home with friends. The picture is quite different when you decide to join a live poker tournament.
You can be winning your way to taller chip stacks playing on cash tables but there is a different set of skills that you need to learn to survive a tournament.
Playing Your Chips
Every tournament will start with an arbitrary sum of chips depending on how the tournament is designed. Most tournaments do not have the add on or rebuy feature and you will be eliminated once you are out of chips to play.
The kick out style game forces some players to be too tight during the game. This opens up an opportunity for aggressive players to rake in some chips. Sometimes aggressive play is rewarded in poker. No guts, no glory.