Originally Posted by mercuryPoison
Online is different then live in this respect.
A minraise on the flop or turn sometime means exactly what you say it does "raise to see where they are at"
It's typically a one pair type hand with average kicker just as you described. Of course this is all situational / opponent dependent but this raise typically isn't to "build a pot".
For me it is very villain dependent.
The first question I ask is how comfortable are they with making bets, handling chips, and knowing the rules. For some bad/inexperienced players, the minraise is simple for them as they know it is what they are allowed to raise.
With old guys/nits, the minraise live for me skews towards the nuts/monster. A lot of these guys are old limit players, and again, they are confortable with that bet and know it will likely get paid off.
For younger players/grinders, the minraise range is a bit wider. They know it can represent the nuts, so they often use it when they have a hand with value that may or may not be ahead, but can make a huge hand on the turn or river.
Example: I have 3-4 on a flop of 6
. I bet the flop, and get called by young guy on the button. Turn is a 10
. I bet, he minraises. Against an old nit I know I am in trouble, but against this guy x
is very likely. The hand ends with him showing A
on the river. Decent read on my part based on his previous play and with how he was trying to out think everyone and "represent" big hands.