2/5 Caesar's Palace. I am under the gun with around $1200. The villain is in the lojack with around $600. He seems competent but has been getting beat in most of the hands that he plays.
I have queen♠ queen ♦ I open to $20. UTG +1 calls, UTG +2 calls, the villain calls, hijack calls, the cutoff calls, the button and the blinds fold. So we are going six-way to the flop.
The flop is eight ♣ four ♦ four ♠ I bet $60 on the flop, UTG +1 folds, UTG +2 folds, villains calls $60, hijack and cutoff fold.
The turn is the king ♦ I bet $140 with the intention of folding to a shove from the villain. Even though the card is terrible for my actual hand, it is great for my perceived range. So I thought a bet/fold made sense in this instance. The villain just calls the $140. He has around $380 left going to the river.
The river is the seven♦ I decide to check the river with the intention calling an all-in from the villain. I excluded kings and a four from his possible holdings as I think he would have shoved the turn if he held a four or a king. However, my logic for checking is that I am not sure if I can get called by worse anymore as I am losing to ace/eight diamonds, five/six diamonds and it would make sense for the villain to call the flop and turn with those holdings. I was committed to calling it off because I did have the queen of diamonds blocker.
Should I have gone for value on the river by putting the villain all-in or was I right to check with the intention of calling possibly an all-in from the villain?