ace rag in SB
approaching the mid stages of a tourney last night I'm in the SB and get dealt ace-5o, the blinds are 6-1200. UTG flat calls and it gets folded around to me. My stack is 30000 the UTG is similar the BB is less at around 10000. I call and the BB checks, the flop comes ace, 3,8 or something similar no draws.
I'll tell you my initial thinking and play and then let more experienced members have a go as I don't usually play ace rag unless on the button, but in the SB with no raisers its obligatory. Anyway I bet out 3000, I felt it was a good sum to a) chase out the others and b)to see if I was up against a bigger ace, the BB folded and the UTG after a while called. The next card was non-descript, I checked, UTG checked, the river brought another card lowish, that did not make any obvious draws or flushes. What would be the correct play here or did I make a mistake during the action up until this point? The only other way I could think is to check the flop and call and try to keep the pot small, it's just that ace-rag is so hard to play especially OOP. I'll let you all know what I did after i've had some replys. Thanks everyone I really appreciate your help...the sniper, as a postscript I'm getting better at this game thanks to all your help as I recently came in the top 50 in 5000 $4.40 freezeout and have cashed quite well in live tournaments, locally. When I win a big live tourney WPT I'll dedicate it to the cardschat community!