For instance, suppose you are drawing at a flush in early position and make your flush on the river. Many players will be tempted to check-raise in this situation. However, you should generally just bet immediately. If your opponent doesn't bet, you have cost yourself a bet. Furthermore, he may bet, but fold when you raise, so you win just one bet anyway.
The most obvious exception to this is when your opponent is a habitual bluffer. Then it might be worth checking, hoping that he'll bet whereas he wouldn't call your bet.
If you believe your opponent has a strong hand, you should not check-raise. If you bet, he might raise, giving you the opportunity to make it three bets.
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