I might run into trouble in this spot, but is it wrong to sometimes just check the flop and take the free card? A lot of fishy players will check-raise the flop (its just the popular thing to do nowadays, all the cool kids are doing it!)
If my opponent has a larger stack or for example when I am playing high limits, I will play cautiously in that spot knowing that there are a lot of cards in the deck that will make my hand stronger than whatever he is holding.
On this matter I am split: I am afraid of the check raise pushing me off my drawing hands. Depending on my read and story I want to tell (or confound you with) I will vary my betting in this position.
Sometimes making it look like I want to take away your odds
at the draw if I don't think you will check-raise me but its because I don't want you to peg me for my hand.
If I get warning signs of strength (like UTG raises) I say just allow the free card, hell peel one off it doesn't scare me, hope its the