Originally Posted by No Limit_Jesus
Yes I am well aware, that things like information raises are strongly frowned upon and I don't use them.. Rare case is vs a player that is not really thinking at all and just betting randomly.
I think it depends on the information gained. How about a limit holdem example:
HJ limps, I raise 66, btn 3 bets, sb folds, all call. 4 ways to the flop.
239 rainbow flop. Btn seems pretty solid, so I don't expect a c bet from worse(maybe good Ace highs but he didn't seem that aggressive.) When the big blind and HJ check I like my chances, but the btn has a solid range that hasn't acted yet. I bet. If raised by the btn I believe I can safely fold. There are no good semibluffs on this board in his range. If he just calls, I'm pretty sure that I have the best hand. He just calls as does the HJ.
turn: 8r. I still like my hand so I bet when checked to. Btn folds, HJ calls. I still like my hand, but it's getting thinner because of the overcards.
river 5. The open ended straight draw paired up. A5 paired up. A4 made a straight. I bet. I get called. My hand is good.
The flop bet, although it may be -ev in a vaccum, gained me important information that allowed me to value bet 3 streets, while allowing me to get away for just a small bet if I was raised on the flop.
PG, Valente: I'm looking at you guys to tear this apart.