So listening to Bart, I've been trying to squeeze max value out of everything for the past year or so. This weekend I think I checked down the strongest hand over this period of time.
I am at 2/5 at Harrah's AC. The game is somewhat special, because across from me I got a middle aged regular who is one of the loosest guys I've ever encountered at 2/5. His general ammo is calling everything, and then trying to pound if he catches up. Early in the session he called $150 pre with QJo. After getting it in on the flop, he rivered me out of $1500 pot. So that's the backdrop and history. Now to the hand.
He and an asian kid limp, and I make it $35 with KK. They both call. Pot 110.
Flop - Jc,5d,3h. Checked to me, I bet 70, call, call. The overcall from the kid got me a little concerned. I was suspicious of a small set. People weren't bluffing the Loosest Guy Ever (LVE) so the kid should have known I had a hand. Pot 320.
Turn 4c, putting two clubs on the board. Check, check. Because of the suspicious overcall, I bet smaller, prepared to possibly fold, especially to the kid. I bet 125. Call. Call. Pot 700.
River Kc, putting the backdoor clubs out there. Check, check. I thought about it for at least a minute. I was trying to figure out what could I get called by that I beat. No one has 2 pair there, because I would have gotten popped on the turn. They don't have KJ (combos). The best hand that they could have is QJ (no AJ cause they were limpers). And I just don't think QJ/TJ type of hand can ever call $275-300 river bet with a straight, a flush, and an overcard on the board. So I ended up checking down the top set! I think even LVE will drop a J on that river with me firing 3 streets.
p.s. I had about 600-700 left on the river, and they both had me covered. If LVE had a hand like 56s or 57s, and asian kid - JTs, it seems that check is the correct play. I think I'm only getting river action if LVE has 5c7c and has me beat. If anyone sees any additional value in betting here, please explain.