used to work years ago, but seems to rarely work any more. When I call a raise, especially from the small or big blind and hit the flop very well, the check raise RARELY pays off.
For example, I will have 85 off-suit in the small blind after a raise and 2 callers. The flop comes 885, and I check, hoping the initial raiser has a high pair. The initial raiser bets, and I then re-raise since there are other people in the hand, because I don't want to give away a free turn card like a jack that could fill someone up.
Then everyone folds and I win a meager pot. Would it be better to just call, even though I am out of positon and he may slow down on the turn? Or do I put out a small bet after the flop, hoping he thinks I just have high pair? I think check raising only seems to work for bluffs, because you are basically telling your opponent you have a monster hand, which is usually the case.
Opinions appreciated and welcomed.