Fairly loose passive game on a Saturday night.
Hero has a winning image. No big hands shown down but my stack is around $1800 after value betting top pair a few times and getting called down with weaker holdings (one guy called off three streets with medium pair!).
Three loose/passive players limp ($500, $1000, and $700 stack sizes respectively). Hero has 8h6h in cutoff, limps behind. I could raise there but I think because there's been so little raising preflop that I can see a flop cheaply.
Button ($1200) who has been playing tight raises to $20. Button seemed ABCish, definitely on the tighter side. Both blinds fold, limpers call, I call.
Limpers check, hero checks, button bets $30, limpers fold.
When aware/thinking players miss, we tend to c-bet small, and c-bet bigger when we hit. I've been experimenting with this by raising pretty small (either raising in position or check-raising OOP) when they do this, and I get a fold most of the time and so far it's been pretty profitable.
So I make it $85, and he thinks for a while and calls. Huh.
I wasn't really expecting him to call, but now I've got the best hand most of the time. So I bet $175, and he thinks and thinks and thinks and thinks and thinks and thinks and calls.
So front door diamonds brick out but there's a one-liner to a straight. I really don't know what a tight player is raising preflop with, c-betting only $30 into four players, calling a check raise with, and then tank-calling the turn bet with. JdTd maybe? Maybe?
So what do we do here? Without really able to put villain on a range, I don't really know how big to bet on the river. I really don't think he has J8 and if he does, oh well, I guess that sucks for me. At worst I think we're chopping if he has a hand like 98 or pocket 8s. So I'm definitely betting here, but what does he have? I was really unsure.
Does he have a flush draw? Do I bet small and try to induce a raise because front door diamonds busted out? Does he have a medium strength hand like JT that ran into top pair, so if I make a overbet on the river, can I represent a busted draw and he can call me with a bluffcatcher? With the one-liner to a straight, does that line even make sense?
Also, thoughts on any previous streets is also good if you think my line was suboptimal.