Beginning stage of a tournament....
Ok, It is the first hand of a tournament so you have no information on your opponents. (except for HUD) You get AK spades suited. Each player has 1000 chips. The blinds are 10/20. Three people limp to you in mid to late position. So, three limpers plus a 3 X BB bet should be a 6 X BB, correct? You drop 120 on the bet. You get called by the player on the BB. One other player that limped called. On the flop you get A diamonds, 4 diamonds, and 7 clubs. Ok not bad. So the pot at this point is 400. Fire off a 2/3 pot bet of 300. One fold, one call. The person that checked to you is the one that called. The one to act after you folded. So now you have put 420 chips in. The turn is a diamond so now you may be facing a flush.
Do you still try to bet this with a 3 bet or a shove if the other player checks to you? Am I being over aggressive and putting to much in too early? These are the hardest decisions for me.
This hand turned out ok because I chose to push and got called by a fish that had middle pair and not even a flush or straight draw.
How much money should I pot commit on big pocket pairs, AK AQ, etc.? I usually fire off a 3 X BB bet for AK AQ and 5 X BB for AA KK or QQ.
It seems many times early on when I do this I end up folding because someone hit a lucky draw and then I am handicapped with a short stack.