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If I have the nuts, I'm check-calling to disguise my hand strength. Let them make the mistake. However, if the board is paired, I'm check-raising. My opponent might think I've hit a full house. If he re-raises, your flush might be dead. Fold it. If I'm playing suited connectors, I'll re-raise them PF out of position (SB/BB) to signify strength, making your decisions on later streets easier. Aggression is key. Don't get out drawn through passive play with low suited connectors, BUT be prepared to fold them.
You're questions is incredibly vague. So much so that none of the answers above are going to be very adequate.
You have to consider position, pre flop action, your opponents etc.
If your opponent likes to get very sticky and never fold to a C-bet, then you should probably bet after taking everything into account. If he's a very aggressive player then check raise is a great move if you think he'll actually fold. But if the flop hits his range strongly, you can't expect alot of folds. And if he's a thinking player you have to expect that sometimes he's going to think "maybe he's just check raising with a flush draw to take it down now". I know I do.
There's just way too much to consider. Can you give us the hand history on the hand?
in my opinion if you are dealt a flush after the flop you should raise about 2BB not more or they will be scared. This way they will even think you are trying to bluff. cheq will be too risky unless you hold the top flush, since the fourth card could be same suit and someone else may have the top flush. if someone pays; then you need to consider that someone else might have a flush too and need to analyze the strength of your flush.
What's the best way to maximize profits when you are dealt a flush after the flop? I recently raised my bet 8 BB and everyone folded. Resulting in a very low profit. Any thoughts?
Is it the nut flush? If so, checking is a good option to give players a chance to stab at the pot. I'd probably check/call flop, then check/raise turn.
If it isn't the nut flush, then I don't like checking my action and would rather lead out into the pot. You're going to get action from anyone holding the K or A of that same suit or they're folding all other hands except sets, 2pair, or straight/straight draws. However, checking and allowing your opponents to check behind could bring problems if the 4th suit hits the turn. So, now you're in a situation where you still be way ahead or you're way behind and betting for value with a mid flush is going to be very hard. You're either checking it down or check/folding.
Saying you raised 8BBs means nothing if we don't know the preflop action.
always throw a flusdraw of agrssiva way , because then you confuse your opponents ... ie will not know if it playing for flush or already have made the game, including making time they abandorem the hand
if I have the Ax then its a check, hoping the players after hit some kind off hand. this helps to be able to build a flop in your favour, no pairs means no boats and u have the A incase off a 4hand flush, let the other players do the leading until the river
I think check raise is a bad idea as someone with a made hand will play back at you and if you can wait to get your money in after it hits rather than hoping it does is always better. I prefer a blocking bet here as it controls the size of the pot, will somewhat disguise the flush if you hit, won't make your bet with made hand appear than obvious and give you a lot more information on the strength of the opponent. If they are marginal they may fold, if super strong they may play back at you.