Originally Posted by nutupshutup
....I didnt want to let the nature of the tournament affect my decisions...
Tournament structures vary. Strategy should be adjusted accordingly. What they all have in common is that, in the early stages, chips are not as valuable as is survival.
For instance. Starting stack is 7,500.
End of Level 3:
A) You have 12,000
B) You have 5,000.
C) You're at the bar suckin down a beer..
There's not a lot of difference between A and B. A could become B (and vice versa) in just one hand. Either one offers you a chance to make it up to, and beyond, the $$$.
But there's a world of difference between A~B and C. C can never become A or B.
C has zero value. Do your best to avoid C.