Bottom two pair is a very marginal hand. I think you played it correct, for the most part. I might have checked the flop, to try and get a check-raise in there. You want to drive as many people out of this pot as possible...your weak two pair can easily be beaten. But if you don't think anyone would bet for you, then you have to do it yourself.I think re-raising the turn would be a bad idea. He may have been holding 88 and slowplaying, he could have K3s and was afraid to raise the flop, or K2s. Also, if another K, 8, or the guys kicker (which is what happened in this case) came on the river--you're beat. It's a marginal hand, bro, don't get too aggressive with it.I assume you play other games than hold'em. Consider "Seven Card Stud". How aggressive would you be with (7
against an opponent who has (xx) A
? You would probably play it "slow" or more passive. You could easily get your small two pair beat by aces up, queens up, or nines up. Even worse if he had a pair showing, like: (xx)A
...In this case, you'd probably end up throwing your hand into the much, especially if he raised on third street. As a matter of fact, if you switchd the sevens in your hand to Jacks, it would still be a very
marginal situation.Just my thoughts...It's good to be selective aggressive, bottom two is not very selective IMHO.