This hand came up yesterday and reminded me how I am often running out of f/e by turn in capped games when I c/r flop. Can I ever have any show down value here? Can I ever have any f/e? Is this just bad play given stack sizes? Or should I just c/r more?
2/5, 400 effective
H raises to 40 in sb with 7
against 5 limpers, 5 way to flop
($200). Checked to Button who bets 65, I raise to 185, EP+2 cold calls, everyone else folds.
($635). H has $175.
Things to note: Obviously I thought this pot was ripe for taking (debatable as always). I know the player on button well- he's decent winner with some exploitable tendencies. Here, he never has strong hand (tpgk is raising more, draws checking) and will buy a c/r line from me repping overpair/set/tptk. No reason for anyone else to limp big hand on this flop so I was hoping to shut out draws with c/r. After EP+2 calls (no reads other than usual passive/inexperienced) I assume most likely holding was 8hxh that is never folding turn but who probably has my 77 beat. The river leaves me in a quandary. After checking turn, I felt I was going to get looked up if I shoved for 175 more with a hand as weak as an 8. I thought my f/e was slim. Does the lack of good options here mean I screwed this hand up? Should I simply size my c/r bigger on flop? I just felt hamstrung by stack size and was kicking myself for playing a hand where I ran out of ammo. Bad planning? Is aggressive flop play more sticky in these capped games? All advice welcome