re: Poker & Live game - check blind?
Originally Posted by Bill_Hollorian
Generally in games of imperfect information, the more information you gather before acting is better. Executing a play before having the information of the flop is a bad idea.
I suppose if your poker face is so awful that you do it to "give no information about your hand to the players in late position" then that might be a reason. Although a better strategy would be to work on your poker face, out of position play is a critical part of poker, without going into much detail, you should be making bigger moves out of position, with stronger holdings.
Checking is generally a weak thing to do and should be your last option. You should always try to bet, raise, or fold first. If none of those options seem reasonable then check. doing it blind is even more weak as you have even less information to use when choosing the weakest of all plays.
I think any action in EP is going to give away information - not so much in terms of tells
and "poker face," (because I know what my cards are and they can still look at me once the flop comes out), but in terms of betting habits and chip reads. The tactic is only meant to remove this kind of information from my opponents world.
And I wholly agree checking is usually a mark of a weak hand. If I'm not 1st to act, I do either bet or check/fold the hand. And I don't check the river unless I'm going to fold it anyway. However, the key to reading an opponents check as "weak" is that they checked knowing the flop. If I check consistently without seeing the flop, then there is no weakness (or strength) to my actions - it is completely nuetral, as it has nothing to do with the cards in play. I would argue it is exactly the same as Negranu's famous habit of limping in PF on 99% of the hands he plays.
As for me having less information when I act - checking blind gains me more information before I have to act. It makes my position the same as the button as long as anyone decides to bet on the flop. I'm last to act, I haven't had a chance to act since seeing the flop. Checking blind does look weak if you only do it once in a while - but when you do it everytime and the whole table knows it, then they shouldn't read it as weak - and if they do, I'm ready to burn them when I do hit big.