Originally Posted by blueskies
This situation comes up not all that infrequently.
I have a nice PP in the blinds, (TT - QQ usually). BTN or CO raises, I threebet. They call.
Innocuous flop. I cbet, villain flats. An overcard (usually K or A) falls on the turn.
What to do?
Bet again and fold if raised? Or just chk and give villain a chance to bluff?
Against 30/23 type dudes, in these situations I often find myself unsure what to do.
Think about all the options that you have. Gather information about your opponent's tendencies , history, ranges, etc. before making a decision.
Let's assume you're against a total stranger with no history or tendencies. Same situation as described above. We're on the turn and first to act. Let's examine our options:
A)The standard thing to do is Bet. Why? Because by betting we don't giveaway the strength of our hand, and big cards could certainly be in our range given the action pre-flop. If the opponent calls your turn bet, then take some time to examine the board (and other factors like stack sizes, etc.) and decide what to do on the river.
B)A Less efficient option and sometimes exploitable is Checking. Why? Looks weak and shows fear towards the over card. Prepare to face possible big bets on turn and river if your opponent is the aggressive/bluffly type. You could argue that checking gives him an opportunity to bluff if he has nothing, which is true and it's good for us because we get more value. However, we're assuming that we're going up against a stranger and we have no info on him about how he reacts to cards the change the texture of the board. Which ultimately means that our hand won't be able to resist a lot of fire vs these aggressive opponents that we have no info on.
Again, these spots are opponent dependent as the person above described. Having information on your opponents make life easier since you can formulate a plan to profit from someone's tendencies in the long run. Bottom line is, if you don't have info on your opponents then Standard play is the way to go.