Flopping the nuts :)
Flopping the best hand is where I do best at, I always check flop and turn and hope that at least one or two hit something, not always but most of the time if it's being checked to the river there will nearly always be someone to try a bluff or bet high on the river with a pair or even ace high.
Let's say a pair flops and you bet straight away, everyone else has got to assume you have at least the 3 of a kind so if they haven't got at least that they are going to fold and you've wasted a damn good hand. At least by checking and calling to the river you have the chance of some action.
A prime example was just last night, my wife was dealt AJ and the flop saw AJA, she said "should I go all-in?" and I said NO don't do that, just check, she checked and someone bet about 200 chips, two others called, wife calls, next card comes King, more action, the first guy bets 500 and the other two call, so does the wife, river card comes out Ace, unreal, first guy bets 1000 other two guys call and my wife then goes all-in, first guy calls and other two fold, huge pot.
Now I believe that if she'd gone all-in on the flop she might have had the first guy call but the other two would have folded for sure, this way she maximized her great hand and also got to see it get even better by playing along till the river. This was a rare occasion but I usually find usually about 5 or 6 times during the course of a tourney you'll hit the unbeatable hand, it might only be the highest flush or the best full house but they do come, always maximize your chances with these rare hands, don't scare everyone off or you may just as well been dealt a bunch of crap if all your going to do is win a couple of blinds.
Good luck at the tables
Tony ( The Webmaster )