And this is why I'm asking this question. This hand could almost be in the same category as AA vs. KK, imo. You stand to either win a big hand or lose a big hand if you play this hard. I'm just a math retard and want to know how many times can we expect to win a big hand over losing a big hand, because if we're holding 84 we have the proverbial AA.
Thats the reason I would bet this flop and a sizable bet too.
If the villian folds then you win.
If the villian raises then you fold as you could easily be beat.
If the villian calls then you have infomation as to the strength of his hand.
If you check, you loose all fold equity.
If he then checks, you gain no infomation as to his hand.
You allow him a free card.
If he raises (he may feel that you have nothing) then you will fold.
Also by checking here, how do you proceed with future rounds?
Will you fold to any bet or will you call a bet on the river?
I just feel that a bet here makes your decisions easier for the rest of the round.
If he calls, you will want to check the pot down and will find it easier to fold to any bet he makes. You will also show some strength which may reduce his betting on later rounds fearing a trap.
If he raises, you will fold.
You may get him to fold a higher pair.