This is a discussion on $2 NLHE 6-max: Bad or good move to check-raise? (Two similar spots) within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Hand 1:
Winning Poker, Hold'em No Limit - $0.01/$0.02 - 5 players
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UTG (Hero): $2.09 (105 bb)
CO: $2.31 (116 bb)
BU: $1.96 (98 bb)
In both of these hands I defended pretty light against the 3-bet since in both cases the villains had a wide 3-betting range. Not sure if this was correct though, I think my equity is borderline or behind their ranges and I am OOP. Thinking I could have folded both of these pre.
On both of these flops I check-raise thinking that I have a low top pair and want to charge any over cards or draws and I don't mind taking down the pot right there if they fold. I think my equity is doing decent against their calling range. Are these bad or good spots for a check-raise?
I think if both players are 3 betting light you don't want to chase them away with your good but not great hands.
I would much prefer check calling both hands on the flop and turn as they are in good shape against flop and turn bets,
Check-raise situations are acceptable in both cases. But you put yourself in a terrible position by calling with marginal 3-bet hands and being left without a position on the flop. In this case, I would prefer to play through the bet and fold for a raise, because there are a lot of hands that we lose to. We can even lose to the top pair by kicker, sets, even against a draw with an overcard, we stand poorly. And this is not counting overpars, of which there are a huge number in the second case.