Welcome to $1/$2, Tough AK Hand

With my poker learning curve on a steep rise, and my bankroll growing, it is finally time to move up to $1/$2. I was anticipating more aggression and tougher players, and I wasn’t off the mark. I got played back at and encountered more resistance than $0.50/$1.00 and it made for some interesting hands.

Please critique the first two streets of this hand and then tell me what you would do on the turn.

Villain in this one is running 30/17/8.0 over 100 hands.

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 9 Players
LegoPoker Hand History Converter

MP2: $211.25
CO: $133.05
BTN: $226.75
SB: $378.55
BB: $218.90
Hero (UTG): $230.15
UTG+1: $44.65
UTG+2: $132.25
MP1: $289.85

Pre-Flop: A K dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero raises to $8, 5 folds, BTN raises to $22, 2 folds, Hero calls $14

Okay so AK is a standard raise from UTG. I get three-bet really really small here by a very aggressive player. We are both deep, four-betting isn’t something I do regularly, even though I’ll be playing OOP I decide to call and see a flop. It is kind of hard to put a seemingly loose aggressive pre-flop player at this point. What messes with my head is that I have a pretty tight image and I’ve raised UTG, so it does require some strength to three-bet me. Although, maybe he is trying to isolate me and play a pot against me in position.

Flop: ($47) 8 K 3 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $24, Hero raises to $85, BTN calls $61

This is a good flop for me obviously, feasibly I’m only trailing only AA, KK, 88 and 33 on a very dry board. I decide to play it like I have the best hand now and against an aggressive opponent feel my best line is to check-raise?

He calls the raise without having to think too much, and all I’m beating now is KQ?

Turn: ($217) 5 (2 Players)
Hero ???

What now?

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