Originally Posted by rufcut68
Let me get this str8 someone is sitting there with 36 off possibly and your gonna give them a free card? common thin the crowd lead out
Thinning the crowd is not a reason to bet here. In fact, it's quite possibly a reason to check. There is no free card in the deck that is going to make 6-3 be able to pay the price I'd set on this turn if I checked the flop.
Here's the kicker though: If I check this flop, and everyone else does, and then I check the turn because I want to trap someone, and again everyone checks, and then this guy hits is runner-runner inside straight on the river, he's not winning a big pot, and we're not losing a big one. For 6 other players to check down, no one must have anything, and if no one has anything, we could as well be holding 3-3 as 2-2 in this spot.
Leading out is right, but "thinning the crowd" is NOT one of the reasons why.
And TB: There are no - or at least very very few - people who actually play as well as they post. I strongly advocate leading out here, but I can't say that I necessarily would in a live tournament situation.