Originally Posted by KDS63
Yep... this is an example of what we see so often in the answers on this forum -- there are no absolutes. If you can read the table and play the players, you're way ahead of the game. The concern is if someone has a chance to note your play and plays the flush draw as if they have top pair. Then when the river brings the 3rd card to the flush, you're screwed... but that, too, is poker. At some point, it's gambling.
There's definitely risk involved, but the same could be said for chasing a flush - you could hit it but not with the nuts, or there could be a pair on the board. The thing I like is the bluff on the river with the 3rd card doesn't have to be big. It just has to look like a value bet. If I get reraised I can fold and didn't lose too much. Plus, even if they are tracking my play it could backfire because I'd play a nut flush draw the same way.
I'm not really a "play the players" guy yet - trying to get there though, little by little.