Originally Posted by IrishDave
In this particular hand last night I did raise 3xBB and got no callers. Had I been called I would have been quick to lay down if I didn't improve on the flop...
You cannot be serious!
You raised pre-flop meaning you must make a continuation bet on the flop. Suppose the flop came AK2, if you bet half the pot your opponent would lay down KQ in a decent quality tournament.
There are very few boards i would not bet into unless i had a read on the other player ("villain check-raises with top pair"). If i was first to act i would bet in this situation online 80% of the time and if it was checked to me i would wager 90% of the time.
As the pre-flop raiser your bets are far more likely to garner respect.