1/2 $300 max NL
Hero (450) Image is ok. I lost a bunch of hands early but slowly built it back up. Showed down a few big hands post (QQ, AA). Sucked on this villain earlier for $125-150 when I raised pre with AA and got it in with him on a T56dd board for like 2.5 SPR and he had T6 but I turned an ace.
Villain (250) Not playing super passive but calls way too much pre (see above). 20's white guy rec player.
Hero (HJ) 8c 8d raises to $11
Villain (BB) calls
Flop: 7h 5d 4s
Villain donks $10
Hero raises to $35
Turn: 7h 5d 4s Js
Villain checks, hero bets $x?
I thought the small donk was pretty weak. I think he can easily have a hand like A7, A5 etc. He could also have something like 78, 43, that has a weak draw or a hand like 56, 76 that has a pretty strong draw (which I block many of his outs).
Villain looked pained and kinda looked like he wanted to fold, but eventually ended up calling. I thought if he had a pair+open ended he'd probably call quicker, but who knows.
I thought if I was on a bluff with AK or something here, betting a sizable amount here would be pretty tough for him to call especially with the live read. But here, I have a hand where I want him to call. Even though it's only 8's, I don't think he has 99-TT here, so my hand is almost as strong as like QQ or aces here or something vs what I think his range is.
Do I bet small here to encourage a call, or do I just make a larger bet to try to get pair + straight draws to call.