Betting against a potential flush
Please can someone advise?
It's a common occurrence for me to start off in mid - late position/on button, by raising a quite strong / very strong hand eg 88 to AA.
Pre-flop I tend to raise quite high to scare people off. This usually works and I face 2-3 others.
However, I find myself facing a flop with two cards of the same suit, and I have none of that suit.
It is probably obvious that I do not have the flush, and 'only' have a quite strong / very strong pair.
I know the odds
are 11/47 (?) against me, so I have tried betting high to force more folds, but, esp. when blinds are low (and even when they are high), most/many/all (?) players will stay in 'flush hunting'.
I then set myself up for a potentially bigger loss, if the turn or river creates a flush.
Any thoughts - should I avoid a high bet, post-flop?
What % of pot should I bet?
Is it right that the odds are with me, just, as there are two opportunities of a 3rd card of the offending suit (11/47 + 11/46) - so a c.45% chance .
Assuming a 9 table, what are the odds of someone
a) having connectors,
b) then obtaining the flush?
Do I need to be so worried? If I get a bad beat, is that just unavoidable bad luck / the poker gods smiling on my opponent/s, and should I still play as if I am strong.
How should I bet if that 3rd card comes up on the turn / river.
Sorry for so many qns in one !