re: Poker & Flopped ST8 - Calling station - FT PL50
Tough decision I'm not sure checking is the best idea though. There's two reasons I don't think he has a flush, first he wasn't getting nearly the right pot odds on the flop or turn, and second he checked on the river. If he had a flush he would probably bet on the river. What if he has king 9 or ace 9 or queen 9? These hands make more sense than a flush draw, and a reasonable bet on the river might make him call. He might also have 6 5, this makes perfect sense as well given his betting (but I doubt he'll call a big bet). You want to get as much value as you can, for example the other day I was at the river and had position on player in a big big pot. I had one pair with a strong kicker, and he checked on the river. I could have played it safe and checked it down, I didn't have close to the nuts, but I felt I had the best hand, I put him on the same pair with a weaker kicker. So I thought for a long time then put him all in (about 2/3 pot bet), and he called and he had just what I thought. Had I checked behind him I would have lost a lot of value. And this might be the case here.
On a side note though, even though this time playing fast worked out (didn't it? Did you win?), I think you played this hand too fast. You had the nuts on the flop and he bet $1, you raised to almost $6, smooth calling or raising to like $3 or $4 is a better play IMO. If you smooth called you might have lured the other limpers in as well.