AKo, flop KK5 w/ two hearts

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ginNjuice

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I was playing a fairly loose 1/2 game down in AC and have about $180 in chips. It almost felt like an average home game because there weren't any players that scared me. I'm in middle position 4th seat raises to $12, 5th seat calls, both with around 150-200 in chips. it comes around to me and I have AKo. With this table I knew my call would bring in atleast 2 more players and I wanted to keep it to two or three to the flop so i re-raised to $36. A really loose preflop player in the seat to my left calls with about $300 left in front of him. 4th seat calls and 5th calls with a lot of hesitation. $144 pot in a 1/2 game!! anyways.....the flop comes down KK5 with two hearts, what's the proper bet here? I can't see a check being the right more because the player to my left is passive but i don't want to scare everybody off the pot with three kings ace kicker. any thoughts?
 
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With the pot being so big anything less than an all in gives people the ability to draw out on you cheaply. Push and hope someone called preflop with a KQ or pocket pair not a 5.
 
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Definitely go all-in, even though I'm sure some donk with 2 hearts will go in with you.

IMHO, I think it's better to take this pot down on the flop. It's a big enough pot, no shame in taking it down now.
 
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What jayneseo and edge said; your stack is small enough at this point that a standard bet is such a big portion of it that you might aswell just push. Slowplaying is out of the question here as you've got very loose stacks (smooth call $36 preflop!?!?) who will definitely call with a flush draw, Kx, and maybe something like TT or A5.
 
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Thanks guys. I ended up betting $90 and taking the pot down there and everybody at the table told me I had aces. "yep"....I always tell the person their read was dead on when they ask me what I had~they're almost always wrong. Tipped the dealer a few bucks smiled and stacked up my chips.
 
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