Live casino game. $1-2 NL. A young scrawny guy across from me raises to $10 preflop in early position. He just sat at the table and although I have been watching him he hasn't played many hands and so I don't have much information on him. My initial impression is that he is a fairly conservative player, but not very skilled. We both have about $200 in chips. $10 is a standard size raise at this table and he doesn't have to have pocket aces in my mind to make it. It folds to me in middle position, I call with A-J of clubs. I am the only caller.
The flop comes down A-A-8. It seems like I should love this flop but instead I feel a sense of foreboding coming on. With his raise, if he has the last ace, his kicker is going to be a lot better than my Jack. He checks it to me and so I meekly bet $10, because I want to find out right now if he has AK or not.
He thinks for a long time. He thinks some more. Then he raises me to $50.
The raise is upsetting. Why does he bet so much on a now $30 pot? Is he trying to buy it? Is he raising because he doesn't have the ace and he wants to see if I really have in, in which case why doesn't he just min raise? Or does he have AQ/AK and figures I have some kind of hand and this will shove me all in? If he had Kings or another pocket pair why did he bother to check-raise, why not just bet straight out?
I decide that I just can't fold this hand in this situation, and I shove all in. If he has AK, fine. If he has something else, flatcalling just gives him another chance to outplay me on the turn when I hate my hand. If a King, Queen, or 10 comes on the turn, he could bluff those pockets for a full house and I am completely capable of folding.
He thinks about it and folds. I am surprised and confused, but also relieved.
Was I right to shove the flop? Should I have flat called? Was I right to be so worried? Can someone tell me what he had? heh. From his fold I think pocket Kings-Queens but I don't know for sure of course. He left soon after that so I never really got to peg his play for sure.