I have played in a few local poker tournaments lately and I have done okay. The first one started out around 72 players and I finished 12, the second one had 64 and I finished 6, and the third one started with 64 and I finished 15.
The last week I went I did not do as well (I believe) because I was wanting to qualify that tournament (be in the last 4 people left) because I was so close the week before (I finished 6). Trying to be competitive in poker is frustrating and difficult because you can be the best poker player and not win. You need to have a lot of luck on your side. Being good only gives you an edge so you do well consistently. Being good alone will never win you a tournament. That is why even the most famous poker players have only won one or two World Poker Tour
tournaments. It is usually random people who make the final table. Only every now and then will you will see a "poker star" make it to the final table.
I am setting myself out until poker becomes fun again and not a competition. I did not have as much fun that last time I played.