$200 NLHE Full Ring: AJ OOP, could have improved play, but not sure how?
Villain 1 is somewhat new to the table. I've seen him before and he is a regular in the poker room. His style thus far has been TAGish, not quite loose but far from nitty, and may be one of the only players at the table that is solid. Everyone else seems willing to limp in with almost anything and will usually call any reasonable raise preflop regardless of position or cards if they have already invested $2 in the pot.
Hero (~$140) in MP calls $2 with AcJd
Villain 1 (~$200) calls from CO $2
Villain 2 calls in small blind $2
Big Blind checks $2
Villain 2 checks, Big Blind checks, Hero checks
Villain 1 bets $10
Villain 2 calls, Big Blind folds, Hero calls
Villain 2 checks, Hero checks
Villain 1 bets $20
Villain 2 calls
Hero raises to $40
Villain 1 calls, Villain 2 folds
Villain 1 bets $75
Villain says "Nice call, you got lucky. I had so many outs" and mucks.
Here's my thought process throughout the hand. I mix up my play with AJ (raise sometimes, limp others, depends on position and other factors); this time I just limped. I flop TPTK, but the board is dangerous and loaded with draws. I'm pretty sure I'm good at the moment but about a third of the deck kills me, so I call the $10. Turn is a brick. When Villain 1 bets $20 and Villain 2 calls, I min raise to define the hand a bit more. If either villain has the straight, he is putting the rest of his chips in when I check-raise. The fact that Villain 1 just calls tells
me he does not have the straight. He also does not have a set or overpair, because from my experience, he raises preflop with any pair from good position, so this leaves the possibility of J10, J9, 10 9, QJ, KJ, any suited Ace, suited King, or suited Queen. His betting line seems to signal KJ, QJ, or suited Aces/Kings/or Queens, specifically A8s, K10s, K8s, Q10s.
Thoughts? I feel like I could have played this better but not sure how. I know my check-raise could have been larger, and I should work on my bad habit of NOT asking the dealer to turn the player's cards over when I make the call, but other than that....?