re: Poker & Checking in the Dark
1) Gain position
2) Always can put in a c/r against one opponent (who has probably raised and you call and will likely c-bet)
3) Hides your hand strength (if you don't overdo it, if you always do it with certain hands, villain can put you on them and act accordingly)
4) But, more importantly, if you see this @ home games or small stakes in casinos
, it's because villain has seen Negreanu/Hellmuth do it on HSP.
It loses value fast when you are facing more than one opponent since your opponents' hand strength is also hidden/squewed with (second to act can bet a hand he wouldn't even call with).