I made a similar thread but want to elaborate and get some suggestions for a specific example from tournament I played last night. First, this is a live game. Where I play is loaded with calling stations. Many say raise big with big hands but that seems to get me in trouble more often than helps. For example, last night I got AKs early on, blinds where 200/400 , I had nearly 20k, which is starting stack. 3 limpers, I raised to 2400, they all called, plus the bb called. Guy shoves on a Q high flop. Just seems with this Many calling stations, I'm not getting hu with any raise so why not play more small ball style? So question is how would you handle AKs vs this Many calling stations and what do you think of playing more like 2.5x bb raise, smaller cont bets when you hit, then being cautious when tptk gets called, since with so many in pre, 2 pair or better is very possible.