Stupid move, or good strategy?
I have found myself in the following situation a number of times (sorry for not having a actual hand ready for this, I can't remember which table it happened to me on last and don't have time to search all my histories).
Playing on a table, and in late position (all callers are before me). Some betting has happened during the round, and I am assuming they are on a high pair, or something similar. The board has come down and a low straight exists on the board, the straight is a rainbow. All others call to me.
Now I know that the straight on the board is likely the best hand, with the exception of holding the card that makes a higher straight (if 2-6 on board, could have a 7). Since all others have checked to me, I am assuming that they do not hold that card, so we are looking at a split pot. Therefore I make a fairly aggressive bet (half to equal to the pot). Purpose of this is to take the whole pot for myself, or if there are a number of people in the pot, to split it between 2 instead of 3 at least.
Too me this is a good play, and in the 4 or 5 times I have been in a situation to do it, it has resulted in me winning the whole pot to myself twice. The other times that I have tried it though, the other player has called my bluff and matched my bet to result in a chopped pot anyways.
Following on from the times that they have called me on it and seen I was bluffing, it is always followed by a bit of abuse about what a stupid move, and how all I have managed to do is increase the rake, and blah blah blah!
I probably won't change my strategy on this as it is making me money and is yet to cost me (if they have the higher straight I would expect a raise before it got to me, so I am always pretty confident it will be a chop). But I am wondering if this is unethical or rude in any way. I do see the point of it being pointless when the other person calls me on it and we chop the pot anyways, but I need to attempt the steal.