My thinking mirrored T1riel's exactly - and these guys had been overplaying middle pairs and TP with weak kickers (especially Ax), so I put in a pot-sized bet.
This would put both players all-in effectively. Now, is this a goof or not, I can't decide: On the one hand, if they've beaten me, I've limited my losses. If I win, then awesome, I've taken all their cash.
But on the other, they'll only call if they have something huge, so I may as well go with a smaller bet.
Overall I think the pot sized-bet was an error. And the majority agree by suggesting a check-fold strategy. If you do check-fold, to what bet would you fold on the turn (would you fold to an 8 buck bet for instance?)??
For the results-oriented:
loopy bet - R120.00 (pot limit)
Gotti went all-in - R129.00
loopy called - R129.00 (nine bucks extra)
Gotti shows: 8 of Spades, 8 of Diamonds
** Dealing the river: 2 of Hearts
Gotti wins R374.25 from the main pot
End of game 13768902
[i]I told you they were loose - but her implied odds
were great and I paid her off.[\I]
The good news is I didn't lose in the session -- I very seldom do anymore; thanks in part to the team here at CC ;-)