Hi! This is my first post on these forums, so please correct me if I'm not including the right information. I've tagged this 1/1, since we don't seem to have a .50/1 tag yet.
This is a local $.50/$1 NL home game. I've been playing with the core players in this group for maybe 3 years. It's a fun game, where people drink, including myself. I had been very active the whole night, raising maybe 20-30% of hands (8-handed) and overall running well. I had built up an initial buy in of $100 to a little over $400. 1-2 hands before this hand, I had lost $100 in a large 3-way pot, folding on the turn.
This is the last hand of the night, after about a 5 hour session. I'm dealt A♥ A♠ on the button. We are 6 or 7 handed now. Two players limp. I open to $5. This I think in retrospect is too small, given the "last hand" dynamics. I don't want to bet so big that everyone folds, but especially given my active image, I think I can raise to maybe $8-10 and still get 1-2 callers. Anyhow, everyone calls, including the blinds, and we take the flop 5 handed with $25 in the pot.
Flop K♥ T♦ 4♦
It checks around to me. I continue for $20. 4 folds. Limper #2 calls to my right. He has about $100 behind. He's a decent player, that I've played with maybe 10 times in the past. He's fairly TAG-y. Tight but not a nit.
Limper now leads for $30. I think I have to call here. He can obviously have me beat, but in my experience calling flop and donking turn is not often a monster hand. But the board just got even wetter, so he could be betting to protect his hand here, fearing I'd check back sometimes. His bet for protection range I think includes some hands that beat me, and some I'm ahead of. I didn't consider raising at the time. Is there any merit to shoving at this point? I called the $30.
I called the turn with the intention of probably calling off a river shove on a blank, and possibly folding if a third diamond came, or maybe a Q or J. Surprisingly, the limper now checks.
I'll leave it there for now before I discuss my thoughts. Obviously my choices are check behind or go for semi-thin value. If I do go for value, should I just shove, or size it smaller to eek out a call from a pair that's not top pair?