I am UTG and pick up two red Aces. Full table so I will take a chance that it gets raised and I can decide what do later. Limps around and I am now looking for a favorable flop. Flop comes out with the top two cards a Six and a Nine. A few limpers make the pot about 10 or 12? I lead out about that much. Jeh raises me and makes it about 30 I think. Folds around to me and I am running through possible hands. I certainly know Jeh is capable of playing 69. I tell him after the hand that I didn't put him on that hand because he limped in. He tells me that he limps with that hand sometimes too. Noted. Anyway, the thoughts going through my head were from the charity tourney night where he re-raised Ryan's two pair re-raise with just top pair. I put him on a 9. Maybe K9 like at the tourney. I am quite sure that he does not have me on an overpair so I raise to 80. Smooth call. Hmmmm. Good and bad. I figure that if he had two pair then he'd push in for the remaining 67 chips in his stack. I am now looking for a blank on the turn and I'll ship it. Board pairs Sixes on the turn. Well, my read was a 9 and another Six is about a good a card as i could hope for so I put Jeh all in. He calls and says he has a Nine, I show my donk-played Aces and they hold up.
I read an article in CardPlayer from Annie Duke regarding how to play big pairs UTG. She runs some numbers and makes a convincing argument for raising instead of limping and re-popping later. The problem for me is how to size a bet to get exactly one caller. Too low and one caller will start a domino effect of subsequent callers getting pot odds. Too high and you pick up three chips. Personally I am OK with taking a chance with a limp. If the action gets sideways then I have no problem letting it go. In the future though I am going to open more pots for a standard raise to help keep my hands disguised.