re: Poker & Check raising
The 'check-raise' years back wasn't allowed in Holdem in England (or maybe UK). Read old poker books
and you'll find this is the case (why read old poker books?.. idk.... cuz they were there???).
Check-Raise.... I don't use it too often. It's an expensive way to re-steal imo, lol. Occassionally I'll throw it in, but more so so that I'm able to be able to check and see a free turn card (referring to Tourney play as most of my comments are in the forum). Alot of noobs will lead out with a smallish or min. bet on flops when they're holding weak hands... like they're believing a 'check' will for sure be a huge sign of weakness and that the small bet won't be. If you occassionally check your monsters on the flop (key word.. 'occassionally'... 90% of the time I'm leading out with them) then when you're checking a weak hand, opponent's may also fear that you're possibly setting them up for a check-raise.
Not sure how this came out from the wording,... and not really getting to what I'm trying to express.
As far as it being 'rude'..... perhaps if the Queen of England was wishing to play a few hands of Hold'em over tea... I might not make the check-raise part of my repertoire (sp?).
On the opposite... many noobs overuse the 'check-raise'. When I'm in position against someone I have tagged as very often check-raising OOP, then if I'm on a draw I'll check behind in hopes of hitting it on the turn.