The rank amateur player should stick to his starting hand requirements and normal tournament strategy. If you are looking to become a more advanced poker player, you should learn how to play trash. Playing trash hands is very fun and profitable at the same time. Many times you can raise 72 off suit in position and hit a huge flop. If your opponent happens to hold a good starting hand, he will easily lose his whole stack to you. Position gives you the advantage of being last to act on every round of betting. With position, you have three ways to win: you could have the best hand, you could bluff your opponent, and you could draw to the best hand. Using position and aggression is key to playing trash hands. You are relying on the probability that your opponent will fold most times to a bet on the flop. If your continuation bet on the flop does not push him out, you may hit a larger hand on the turn.
The best thing about playing trash hands is that your hand is completely disguised. Very few opponents can put you on a hand like 72 off suit. If the flop comes K 7 2 and your opponent holds AK in the big blind, you'll probably take all of his money. I have found that the better I get in poker, the more hands I play. The more trash hands that I play, the more action I get on my big hands. People think playing trash is a donkey move because they do not fully understand it's value in position. Raise with trash and destroy the competition. The better you get at poker, the worse your opponents will think you play. Do not worry about your opponents who call you a fish. You will have their money soon enough. I encourage you to loosen up your game in position and frustrate your opponents in the process.