Mr. Ciaffone is writing about playing cheaper NLHE games in his native Michigan area. He writes about a fairly standard play, talking about c/ring the turn.
Card Player magazine, July 24, 2013 pg. 46
Bob Ciaffone writes in his column, "Cheap No-Limit Hold'em Cash Games":
"Nearly all these players play their big hands the same way. If you ware the preflop raiser, they check and call on the flop, then check-raise the turn. If you ever win a pot with one pair when there is a reasonable amount of money still left to wager after the betting has gone this way, you may get the game's sheriff award, but you need to draw out to win. Slow playing the nuts will also occur in a lot of other situations. If the stacks are big, one will sometimes see a player make a seemingly out of the blue large overbet of the pot size, maybe even all-in."
I've been seeing a lot of discussion here talking against c/ring the flop and moving towards the turn c/r. I've been thinking about it a lot lately - and concluded the following, for different reasons than Bob:
- In deference to Mr. Ciaffone, c/ring the flop or river instead is "different" from the norm and not as anticipated / expected
- The turn card could bring a scare card for your opponent which allow him more incentive to fold
- The flop c/r is a much "easier" call as it will be less of a dollar amount than the turn or river c/r
- The turn bet after a flop c/r can be much larger relative to the pot, and possibly sets up an all in shove for a lot of 100 BB stacks
- A flop c/r is much "cheaper" for you whereby a turn c/r is a more costly raise, particularly when executed as a bluff
- Keep other players in the hand when they're drawing thin, adding value to the pot
- Conceals your true hand strength
- Guarantees a bet and charge on the flop (i.e. you're leading instead of looking to c/r)
- You're putting in a lot more money with stronger equity (i.e. your opponents' equity has been halved in the hand while your equity has doubled with one card to come)