A word on flop checkraises
I don't post in this forum anywhere near as often as I'd like, but I'll try to remedy that in 2006. I have something to get off my chest:
If you hold J♠10♠ and you call the button's preflop raise from the big blind, leaving you heads-up, and the flop comes
You check, he will almost always bet here. Aggressive players will sometimes checkraise in this spot, simply because there's a very good chance that the original bettor is betting only with overcards, and so they raise him with... uh... Nothing?
And this is my point: This checkraise can be done if you've paired a ragged board. You'll get to charge an extra small bet for his overcard draw. But don't fool yourself into thinking you'll get him to fold, because he won't. In fact, he's getting 7.5:1 on his call here, with good implied odds
if he manages to hit one of his outs on the turn. I'd often consider it a mistake if he folds a hand like AK or AQ here.
So when you raise with nothing yourself ("nothing" is a bit harsh for the hand you have here, you have two overcards and an inside straight draw, but stay with me), you're hoping for what? For him to fold? Hardly. In fact, with maybe one exception, I don't think I've ever seen anyone fold to a single raise on a continuation bet on the flop. So don't get pissed off when he hit his out on the turn and suddenly raises you.
You're entitled to get pissed off if you checkraise him on the flop, and then you bet the turn and the river, and he calls you unimproved with A-high (and you lose). That just blows, when you've made an accurage read of his hand, but not just how loose this calling station is. I've had that happen, and I hate it. I *knew* he had nothing, I just didn't think he'd actually *call* me with nothing.
But, I digress. My main point was that if you want to make a stab at the pot with nothing, don't do it on the flop. Better on the turn, where the pot is not yet big, but the bets are.