Why people act and react the way they do
First I want to apologize to Ovitoo for posting in the middle of his thread. I also want to finish my thoughts on my hand. The reason's it was easy to put my UTG on AA pre-flop was not only his or her min-raise in that position but the approach and thinking of his or her game.
The flop bet of the pot was how this confirmed to me he or she held AA. This was a perfect place to check if he or she was holding a set, this would allow anyone behind to bet, allowing UTG to check-raise any bet. Instead he or she bet pot denying odds
of a draw hand staying in the hand and inviting anyone who hit the board to go over the top, this is why I stayed with AA and did not adjust on the flop because of the pot sized bet that an over pair to the board would make.
The next person to act, who was setting in the next seat to the left re-raised all in and preflop I had him or her on a draw. I was worried about two pair (they actually had Qc, 10s) more than a person hitting a set with KK or JJ because they would have re-raised in that spot to eliminate the rest of the field and to get the UTG heads up and at that point I would have folded pre-flop. If he or she had 33 and hit a set on the Kd, Js, 3c flop then god bless them.
So, I stayed with my original thought of a draw hand and called his or her all in. I take this approach everyday on putting people on an exact hand, even when I am not in the hand I still put others on hands and even say what they will bet on each street. However, I can only use the information I see at showdown the rest I do not consider it would assuming what he or she had. I go through this process for every hand and always adjust if I need to when something does not make sense by a persons action at the table.
In conclusion, to give a little background on this process, when I first started doing this I had to understand what people valued when entering a hand, position, and a starting range of hands. The more experience and confidence I obtained the easier this was to do. As time went along putting a person on a hand was not what I had envisioned however, I began to understand people and identifying their leaks that I could exploit given the right situation was easier than putting them on an exact hand. Putting a person on a hand pre-flop also helps me recognize when I am beat as well as when I am ahead. I am currently going to college to achieve a bachelors degree in the science of psychology. Since I was already playing poker and training in this particular aspect of poker, psychology seemed to be a natural fit. The understanding of human behavior, ego's and personalities has helped me in understanding my opponents.