re: Poker & How do you react to monotone flops ?
The odds of flopping a flush are <1% so don't worry so much about it. If you have top pair or over pair, but no flush draw, bet out or 3bet. Especially if it's top pair, top kicker.
If you have a pair with the nut flush draw, definitely bet out or 3 bet big, or jam it in if you think they might have a draw to a smaller flush. Say you Ac,10d and the board is 10c, 5c, 2c. You definitely want to get your money in because you'll get called by over pairs (you have a redraw to a better hand), any 10 pair (910s, 10J+), and you'll probably get called by weaker flush draws like Jc-Kc. Even if they do have a made flush, you still have a redraw to a better hand.
You don't want to slow play your draw hand, though, as it'll kill your action if a club does come off. Lets say someone has a Jc and the 4th club comes off on the turn. They might be weary to get it in now if they think you have the Qc-Ac and you're still showing a lot of action with 4 clubs on the board.
Now, if 4 suits are on the board, you're 1st to act and you don't have a suit, bet out. Always bet out. Sounds crazy but heres why: it gives you a better chance of winning the pot.
-If your opponent doesn't have any of the suits either, it'll be hard for them to call your bet and will likely fold.
-If your opponent does have a flush that isn't the nut flush, it'll be hard for them to call your bet with a weaker flush (say 10 high flush) because there is a good chance you have a better one and will likely fold.
-You betting out takes away their chance at bluffing
at the pot. If you had checked and they don't have flush, they could easily bet to represent one, putting you in a tough spot. So, take away this from them and they'll fold.
-If they have the nut flush, they'll probably raise, and you can fold.
So, 3 ways for you to win the pot with nothing.