This hand occurred at Orleans when a friend was in town. He likes to play $2-4 limit so we headed over there one night after dinner and I joined him in that game. Table had a number of locals, including several who clearly played together at this casino often and seemed to know each other's ranges really well.
I'm in middle position with Q ♦ J ♠ and there are 4 limps to me. I normally act fast, but took a little time to think about this spot and as I did the 2 regulars to my left called. At that point, I liked my pot odds a lot better and called, both kept their limps out there and the button and small blind also called. Family pot which post rake was $18.
Flop is A ♠ J ♥ 7 ♠ ,
giving me 2nd pair with a backdoor straight and backdoor flush draw.
Small blind, one of the regulars bets and several other regulars fold before it gets to me. I decided to call.
My Question: Is this a spot that I should be raising?
I figured that based on both my own read and the fact that several regulars folded, the small blinds had an A, so I was behind. I also thought A-J and A-Q unlikely because she tended to raise with bigger aces (although A-7 might be in her range). So, if I hit a 3rd Jack it was almost certainly good. If I hit a queen my 2 pair is good a lot of the time. Plus, I had both a backdoor straight draw (to the nut straight) and a backdoor flush draw to the 3rd nut flush. So, thinking about the concept of "partial outs" I probably had the equivalent of 6 outs (2 jacks, almost 3 for the queens, and about a half out each for the backdoor draws).
This seems a little too weak for a raise to me. But looking back, does trying to buy additional outs (by getting say K-10 to fold a gutshot) make it worth the extra small bet in this spot?
Also, since the original bettor on the flop was in the small blind, does the possibility that a raise on the flop might allow me to take a free card on the turn make a raise now worthwhile (remember there are still 3 players behind me, two of whom are regulars and might be folding just to the small blind's bet)?