Interesting that you guys would raise the dangerous flop here. A very No-Limit approach to a Limit hand. I'm not disagreeing, but let me explain my reasoning as to why I didn't. I'll ellicit the help of Mr. Sklansky (I forget from which book, SSHE or HEPFAP):
He says, in affect, there should be a certain purpose to raising and that there needs to be a belief that it will succeed. The most common ones are:
To scare away draws.
In my experience, throwing in another 50 cents on the flop wouldn't scare away the 2 donks that have already called. It would just sweeten the pot.
To bring in more money with a very strong hand
. The strength of my Aces on the flop is very much in question here.
To gain information
. That would be nice. But for another 50 cents on the flop, many donkeys would stay with bottom pair. Or could it be a slow-played nut flush? Or just a flush draw? In LHE, the extra bet won't extract info that is precise enough.
As a bluff
. We all know bluffing
is tougher in LHE and it complicates things more to be at such low stakes when an extra 50 cents doesn't mean much. Now at a $20/$40 table would be a different story.
Sure, every situation has it's unique set of problems. But at the time, I fell back on the above teachings and felt a flop raise would be futile.
Welp, I'll need a few more responses before I'll reveal the results and I think they'll be unexpected to most. Thanks to the folks who responded so far. Maybe I should start naming my threads "Your Celebrity Dream Date" or "Fantasy Football" or something.