re: Poker & 3 tips for the final table of a tournament
As the number of players decreases your stack becomes more and more important than your cards.
Apply pressure to middle stacks where their ICM factor means their cards need to be even stronger. Of course you want to have the largest stack, and when you do, use it to pressure those players in the middle since any play they make will give equity to the even shorter stacks. When you're a middle stack be aware of how the larger stacks can pressure you and how much your stack can push back at them. When you're a shorter stack push-fold charts help, but better is a more robust model like ICMizer
The idea applies throughout the tournament, but it's more pronounced when the pay jumps are bigger and earlier at the bubble which is the same principle.