Hand starts with a button straddle to 10 dollars. Hero has 2700 and villain in question has 1300 behind.
History with villain: he is a middle aged white guy. A little chubby. Plays a decent number of hands. Is a recreational player that has shown a tendency to call bets. He has also seen us turn over a few semi bluffs that got there as well as a few low equity bluffs. He might have a sense that we are maniacal and being a rec doesn't know the proper way to combat that.
Hero in sb w/ 4♣ 8♣ completes to 10 to play pots against a rec heavy straightforward table.
Villain in bb completes to 10
(30) 10♥ 8♦ 4♠
Hero leads 20
Villain raises to 40, button folds, back on us
Folding is never an option here. We block big hands that have us beat like 44, 88, 108, 104. And with these hands it seems like he might raise a bit larger.
It almost feels like he might be raising flop with this particular sizing, to freeze the turn action with a ten.
So our options are
A. 3bet flop, lead turn
B. 3bet flop, check turn
C. Call flop, lead turn
D. Call flop, check turn
I don't like option A or B because we bloat the pot out of position and have a chance of folding out the 10's that we are beating. And when the 10s do call, they arnt going to have a willingness to pile in money on the turn after a 3bet flop.
I think C and D are probably the best of the 4, and I'm leaning more towards option C. I feel like a 10 will have a strong capacity for checking various turn cards after being called on flop to get to a cheap showdown.
Thoughts on how to play the flop and what plans for the turn and river are on various turn cards - overs to the 10, and unders.