$2/$5 yesterday afternoon. Great table - some spazzy betting and bluffs, some loose call-downs, hardly any 3-betting pre-flop. My image was TAG, not playing very many hands, showed down two hands with strong holdings.
Effective stacks are $500. UTG young white kid (somewhat aggro, but doesn't really know when to tone it down) opens to $15, I call UTG+2 with 9d8d, CO, button (good, TAG Asian lady), and BB call. I called because there was hardly any 3-betting pre-flop. 5-way, pot is $75.
FLOP: J88r. BB checks, UTG checks, I bet $35 (in retrospect, this seems small, but maybe not - comments welcome). CO calls, button calls, BB folds, UTG calls. Pot is $215.
TURN: T completes rainbow. I now have trip 8's with OESD. UTG checks, I check, gets checked through. My thoughts were that I didn't want to get blown off my hand with a big raise, and I wasn't sure I wanted to play for stacks with this hand. With everyone calling my flop bet, I thought it was possible for someone to be trying to trap me. Plus, a few hands earlier, I watched tight Asian lady play a big pot against UTG where both had trips (8's actually), and UTG showed 86, while tight Asian lady showed down A8 and scooped. Thoughts on the turn?
RIVER: 9 I make 8's full of 9's. UTG checks. I was thinking about how much to bet, and I thought about some of Bart's stuff, "Do I want to bet small and get looked up by a J, or do I want to go big and hope someone has a Q?" I thought about it for a few seconds and bet $150 into $215 pot. CO folds, tight Asian lady thought for what felt like a LONG time (at least a minute), had calling chips in her hand (she had around $1000 stack), and finally mucked, UTG thought for not quite as long and mucked.
Did I go too big on the river? If one of those players had AQ or QJ or QT or Q9, would they have called my bet, or did it look too scary? Thoughts on all streets are welcome. Thanks!