Originally Posted by TxScorpion
At what point during the session, should you begin to apply pressure? In the event that the big stack occurs, how would you suggest the remainder of the session be played?
That question is way too general. Any answer would be situation-dependent, as others have already pointed out.
Part of growing your skill is a poker player, once the fundamentals are established and you can prove that you can win consistently or at least break-even, is to learn how to adapt to changing situations and applying appropriate tactics. This would be one of those things, where if you wound up the big stack and the players at your table were easy to push around, you might choose to bully them by pushing every hand. If you've got observant players, maniacs, drooling stations, or fearless players, you might hold back a bit until they're not in the hand or you have position. Or your approach might change based on bubble situations, especially in satty/DON type games or where pay jumps are big. There are just too many variables to give you an easy answer.
There are no cut & dry answers to *anything* in poker. The running joke is that for any given poker question, the only correct answer is "it depends." Some general concepts that apply most of the time can certainly be learned, but your game will never be optimal without learning how to apply variations to a given situation. The problem is most beginners or those who struggle with the game try to adjust too much/too fast when they're not ready to properly do so. That's why we hammer on fundamentals until they're second nature, then expand from there. Which is really no different than for most other sports or skilled games.
You've been asking a lot of question lately, and that's great -- they're good questions that we're trying to answer, and that's what CC is all about. But it sounds like maybe you're trying to figure out the whole game all at once. You're going to overwhelm yourself; slow down and let things come to you as you're ready for them.