Just finished 2nd in the Hijack tournament tonight, which I have won a couple of times before. This time it took from 7:30 pm until nearly 10:00 pm but I did not need to go to bed early, as I have no work in the am.
I think key points from this tourney were that it is just so important to be mindful of stack sizes at all times. I never led this tournament, except a few times on the final table, but I was never in trouble.
Starting 11 minutes late, I won 600 chips on the first hand and was instantly in the top third, then I called an all-in bluff on the turn when I had snuck in with a pair of queens, so doubled up, and was on my way. I thought I was up against a pair of jacks, but actually the bluffer had nothing but an inside straight draw.
Once you get the early double, it is hard to redouble, because there are not many stacks larger than yours, so you need to be patient and not waste chips, but just gently float down the leaderboard until you get a good hand in a good position.
One guy got a massive lead by playing recklessly and at one point had about 120, 000 chips, when the next best stack had 25000 chips. I had some difficulty with him at my table, but eventually doubled through him and got into second place. I made one nice fold against him where I had pocket Queens and flopped a set, but he had a flush on the turn,and I managed to get away from the hand.
As the blinds got bigger and bigger, he was gradually chopped down by players who figured out his game, and did not make the final table, though with 120, 000 chips, you could really fold your way onto the final table.
One thing I noticed in a 60 player tourney was that with a starting stack of 5000 chips, there were hardly ever more than 20 players with stacks larger than 5000.
In this tournament I avoided large preflop raises, and just limped or made miniraises until the blinds were so high that it was all or nothing. That way I did not lose a lot of chips if AQ missed the flop. I folded a lot of flops, some even with top pair, if I had a poor kicker, or it looked like an opponent might have two pairs or an open ended straight draw.
I avoided taking on larger stacks unless I held very strong hands, but raised lower middle class stacks and bullied them into folding when I had straight or nut flush draws. On one hand I had QJ suited and hit a flush with the Ace on the table, only to be beaten by another player with the King, but fortunately he was a very small stack and I won a bigger side pot.
In the end, when it was one on one, I threw it all away with an all-in bluff, but at that point I had had enough, and wanted to get it over.
I did not have AA in this tournament, but had KK on two successive hands, and also had KQ of clubs on 2 successive hands (won them both). Peculiarities of Replay Poker!