Originally Posted by tenbob
Moving this to learning poker, because all you will get here is "fold pre".
Ummm....ok....fold pre . Seriously, playing weak Aces is generally not a good idea pre-flop. If you do play them, you want to play them cheaply. Yeah, once in awhile you'll flop huge, but even then you still gotta manage to get paid-off somehow. Much more likely that you'll miss entirely or hit your Ace and be stuck with a crappy kicker. Then what?
In this hand, specifically, UTG, after limping, comes out betting on the flop into a table full of limpers--unlikely he's trying to bluff the entire table. When you 3-bet and he 4-bets, if you had any doubt, he's serious about his hand. He's committed about 1/3 of his stack. He's not going anywhere after that bet. You should be saying to yourself at this point, if not before, that you're beat and your only outs are to catch your flush. It seems way early to be betting your tournament life on chasing down a flush, especially when you're apparently playing a table full of weak players who are mass limping pots.