re: Poker & Would you have lost your money here??
I agree with your initial raise here. Once you were re-raised, that would have raised some red flags for me and I would have just called to see the flop. Once the flop hit, I would have made a pot sized bet to see represent strength on the board, and hopefully try to bet villian out of the pot at this time. If he re-raised your pot sized bet, then it would have made it a lot easier to get off of the hand. Sure, you would have never known that he had the aces that eventually beat you, but you would have saved a ton of money in the end. Sometimes it is better to make a play that gives you outs, rather than pushing all of your chips into the pot preflop. Too many bad things can happen.