After release, the top, like tops of every description, begins to show precession, i.e. its axis of rotation moves in a small circle. After a while, the contact-point of the top with the table no longer coincides with the rotation axis but instead moves to other points of the top's head. Due to frictional forces and precession the top seeks for a more stable position, which it finds by flipping on to its stalk.
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