I personally like to wait for a better hand(AJ).you are at the bottom a "yellow zone" which means that you no longer have the option to play conservitve poker and you have to use inflection play to stay alive in a tourney. I would not push all in, because of the simple fact that you are in early position still, and you are still yellow zone, so your not exactly desperate. Plus you have no idea if you have the best hand or not with many people yet to act. Someone from a later position would have to respect the "gap concept" indroduced my david skalansky, which say that you need a stronger hand to call a raise than you do to make a raise. So they would call only with hands that are better than AT unless they are unexperienced. I would make a standard raise of 4-5X the BB, and try to to narrow the field, about 12- 1500 in this spot, if you get a caller that checks to you on the flop, put out a c-bet about 1/3 the pot about 900, if they raise, let the hand go, if they call and check on the turn then check yourself if they have been trapping, if it appears they missed their draw and check, just check it down if you havn't hit anything, you dont want to get check-raised on the riv. If he value bets on the riv. I would consider laying the hand down unless you have very strong reason to think your opponent is bluffing
, then you can call down with an ace high (he migh have a weaker ace, or KQ and didn't hit, but unlikely) You might still have a chance later to push with a better spot, albeit not that great of a chance, but you don't wanna go out on ace high when your opponent is betting into you, and has shown strength. You want to have position on the person who calls, and that is unlikely given that your in third position. You are able to see how they play their hand, which gives you more of an edge to interpret what it means, otherwise you have to bet to get information. Another thing is that if they check on the flop, and it flops rainbow with a high card, and no pair, check on the flop and make a value bet on the turn if a similar suite of the flop came on the turn so as it looks as like your representing the high card and trying to prevent a flush draw.