here's the deal:
the original guy was obviously holding a big pair but he was all in. the other two were calling with high aces or higher pairs than mine, i was pretty sure, which left me with the possiblity of hitting my set as the only realistic way to win. so i'm in for 86 and getting 4 to 1 on my money with only a 1 in 8 chance to hit my set. it seems like a bad call but i was playing with profit and would have put no more into that pot if i missed. i'd still be up over 100 bucks and i'd be fine with that. if i hit i figured i could extract the maximum from the other two players who would want to fight over such an already large pot and i'd wind up getting the 8 to 1 that would have justified the original call of the 86.
well, i got the 5 on the flop along with a 10 and a 7. the first guy bet 80 into me. i just called not wanting to scare out the other guy behind me who called also. the turn was a 4. checked to me. now with that improbable straight draw on the board i decided to not get too greedy and go all in for my last 135 or so. i got one caller who wound up having A/10. the all in guy had Q/Q. the final pot i won was about $850 - almost ten times my initial call of 86. so while the pot odds where not right to call, the implied odds, if i hit my hand justified my call and that fact that i was playing with profit and in a rush top leave made the call easier to make.
so basically i was risking 86 to win what i thought would wind up to be pot between 750 and 950 judging by the players and that stacks on the table.
anyone disagree with my reasoning?