A calm hand in which the main goal was to reach the showdown. Any raise in response to our bet could lead to the idea of folding with pocket eights. Since there was no action, the opponents began to make ridiculous bluffs due to the lack of bets on the early streets. If they had a seven and a queen, they would probably bet on a flop or a turn. They could also make a bet with a flush draw on the turn. But they had nothing at all, except the ace high. Your bet could have caused the opponents to give up earlier, and so you got value from their bluff on the river.
I believe you played it good, since the Q was a scare card. I think the main thing, other than winning the hand, is that now you have info on the players since you know their holdings. Unfortunately they now have info on you, too. A bet on the flop or turn probably would have yielded a fold from the villains. I still think you played it good.
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I think you did good, but I would bet the turn after two checks, and probably have 2 folds and win less chips than you.
One advantage though would have been no showdown so it would have left your opponents still guessing about your range there..... swings and roundabouts....chips now versus keeping them guessing longer for maybe a bigger payout.
with 88, you can 3-bet preflop in order for you to have the initiative on the flop, but this is absolutely standard, a check on the flop shows that opponents hardly have Q, there is no point in betting on the turn either, a small river bet from an opponent rather shows that he has a maximum of 7 which we beat, so we call on the river and take the pot