Originally Posted by Likminutz
Ok, checking is definitely the best option.
Turn is the 9 of spades, giving us a flush draw...
If he checks to us again do we bet or take the free card?
If he bets around pot what is my plan here?
Ya, checking is by far the best line on the flop, totally standard.
If he checks, I'd bet my draw, but checking behind can't be a big mistake either. Betting protects our hand's equity on the turn against hands like QJ, and sometimes this player will fold a small pair. However, we're still getting called a lot. Checking can allow weaker hands to catch up, and given the looseness of this opponent I think he's got a lot of those weaker hands in his range. If you're comfortable calling a river bet with ace high, then checking might even be the best option if you think he'll bluff whiffed overs fairly often. I think this decision is pretty close, so you can't be far wrong either way, but I'd lean towards betting a spade turn if checked to cuz I'm a betting monkey.
If he bets the turn, I think jamming/raising is way the best option, since that will have a lot more fold equity, and will look more like you slow played something huge. Small pairs are certainly going to have to fold if they bet the turn & you raise.