I'd steer away from right and wrong way to play pocket 8's from a certain
spot... or any hand this is where alot of us lose our edge over the best players who are always crushing games
whats important is to focus more on hand ranges what would they play and from what position, and like by all means open under the gun but 1/2 live probwont get as much respect as online because too many fish at a casino.
but this is subject to table
genurally you dont wanna call 3 people for an over price with pocket 8's but always have the intention to play them for cheap.
in addition if your in late position and you think a players opening range is loose/tight,
then you can flat the tight, 3-bet the looser ranger, Flop comes low, firstly v 1 opponent your going to have the best hand their 80-90% of the time exluding all his overpairs, and board texture,
also you want to know if this guy is cautious, like can you rep KA succesfully or a draw successfully,
or is it best to play the board correct, like bet the flop with the probable best hand, on say 4-7-9 rainbow board, evaluate the turn, if he's an open earlyraiser you know hes tight, he's probably Ace broadway, suited KQ-KJ - premium pairs only come round so often'
you can really pile on the pressure with pocket 8's on the turn
so theirs alot to think about
*can I rep hands against this guy
*is he likely to c-bet the flop
*is he bad enough to play garbage from early position etc
*what have I seen exposed so far - any strength indicators when hes been strong or did he trap