Originally Posted by gamma001
When 3betting you have two motives, get better hands to fold(bluff) or to get worse hands to call(value). If you 3bet with 88. Will worse call? Most likely not. Will better fold? Maybe 99 will fold but TT+ will call. Then what happens when you get 4bet? You have to fold. So 3betting 88( and similar hands like 99-JJ) is turnig you hand basically into a bluff and isn't the most optimal way to play it against thinking opponents.
I'm not sure how many thinking players play 0.50/1.00 Zoom, but I think our response depends most strongly on who the player is and what position he is raising from. If you were playing a full ring NL100 game against an UG raiser with RFI of 8% UG, then your 88 is probably behind and raising would be turning your hand into a (semi) bluff. If stacks are deep, you might be better off folding or set-mining your 88. (22-TT might be equivalent here.)
If the RFI is from the button, with an RFI of 50%, your 88 is probably ahead. The button might call with worse because see may see your raise as light. Some don't like to fold because they have position. Here you need to play some poker.