Time for another tip to help you in your quest to make the top 100. One of the biggest problems players have is the ability to lay down a hand. You know the guy. He gets dealt pocket 6's. After a nice raise he gets two callers. The flop comes A J 8. One of the other players throws a pot size bet out there. And what does our friend with the pocket 6's do at this point? He shoves all-in. Other guy calls. He has A Q. Turn comes 2, river is a 3, and our friend and his small pocket pair are gone. Sure, in a small percentage of hands a 6 could show up on the turn or river and save this guy. But more often than not he just threw his tourney away because he couldn't lay down a hand and live to fight another day. And it doesn't matter the pair either. Pocket K's or Q's can usually expect the same result if there are callers and an ace turns up on that flop. Or the possibility of a straight or a flush. No pocket pair is invincible. Even aces get cracked now and then. The ability to lay down a hand can be the difference between an early exit and many negative points and making the money and positive points. Even if you know you are up against a donkey in the hand, you are gambling your tourney in the hope that he has not caught a piece of the flop. Why not push your chips in the middle when you KNOW you are ahead in the hand. In the case of the example I used above, if the guy is set on playing his pocket pair no matter what the flop is, then I always wonder why he doesn't push all-in before the flop to force others to make decisions and possibly steal the blinds. But if you have read my blog on all-in play, I would not recommend that play either unless you are short stacked. I would simply fold the hand after a horrible flop and look for another chance to make some chips later. More to come later and see you in the top ten!