This was a live £1/1 full ring cash game at my local casino.
I bought in for the maximum amount of £100 and I had been playing for around three hours. At the time, my stack was ~£250 and I was being relatively aggressive in a lot of pots. The hand in question was against a close friend of mine. I know that he likes to re-raise his opponents on the flop if he feels that they are weak. I've also seen him call on the flop, out of position, and then open-raise a scare card on the turn numerous times - even when he doesn't have it.
It was 9 handed and my friend was UTG+2, sitting with ~£110. Action folded round and he open-bet £3. A very loose-passive player called in MP with ~£90 behind him and then action found me on the button. I looked down at A J and thought it would be a wise option to squeeze as they have been folding or calling and then check-folding the flop if they didn't hit big. I raised to £16, my friend called and the other player folded.
The pot was now £37 and the flop came A - Q - 8
He checked and I raised £24. He called.
The pot was now £85 and the turn brought K to the table. He then open raised £40.
I am fully aware that he could be using this as a scare card as I have seen him do it before, and his pre-flop range from his position is well disguised. What, in your opinion, would the correct play be here? Also, could I have done anything differently?
I will post the result if people are interested.