One thing I've noticed is that aside from c/r the flop against a c-bet I'm not really working the check raise into my game that much. I this stems from the fact that I used to, and still sometimes do, try and get a little too fancy with my play and end up loosing value. I've learned live, especially at the 1/2 and 1/3 games I play, is much more about just pounding for value and we shouldn't really checking that often, even if we plan to c/r. This is most because people, especially at 1/2 and 1/3, are usually pretty passive and will check back too much with their weak and medium strength hands to c/r. This causes us to loose a lot of value as these players are often bad enough to call down with those medium and weak hands. Also, stacks and SPRs are usually shallow enough in these games that going bet bet bet in most raised pots is enough to get stacks in. However, as I move into more 2/5, where buy-ins range from 500-1000 cap at my local casinos, and where players are a better and more aggressive I want to start looking for spots to use the check raise.
First I think the player type to target with a c/r is most important. For the check raise to be successful first we obviously have to check and then the villain must bet so that we can raise. This means we should target people who are relatively aggressive and will bet with a wide range of hands.
Second, we have to look for a good situation where villain is likely to bet. Like I said i'm new to using the c/r but this is a situation where i think it makes sense.
Lets say we are in EP and raise with QJs. Player in CO calls and we see a flop of 3T8 rainbow. We bet, V calls. Turn is a 9 giving us the nut straight. Overall this card is much better for villain range then ours. A lot of V's flop calling range is Tx and 8x and almost all those hands improve in some way. Whether it is improving to two pair or becoming a pair plus SD hand. It is also bad for our range. We have a lot of over cards in our range here that are just giving up and V will probably want to bet in order to protect his hand. IMO this makes this a good spot to c/r. hands like 89 that may just call call if we go bet bet on turn and river now have to put in much more money if stacks are deep and we aren't too worried about V checking back. If he does we probably couldn't of gotten 3 streets anyway, any hand that has equity is betting and a lot that check back are drawing to a dominated straight. Also if V has a hand like J9 that he bets and we c/r a bad player may convince himself to call while he is drawing to a chop or lower straight. He also probably just calls turn and folds river when he misses if we go bet bet so this lets us get extra value from his draw now. Also means the pot is bigger if he hits a dominated hand.
What do you think of this analysis and how do you use the check raise in your game.