1-3 Local casino on Sunday night. The poker room is pretty quiet for a weekend, so only a single 2-5 game has been running instead of the usual 2 or 3 tables. Table is loose and splashy (routine double straddled) because 3 huge shooters from 2-5 / 5-T are at 1-3 waiting for a 2-5 which might or might not open.
Huge whale opens $10 UTG and gets 5 calls behind: a nit/OMC, a MAWW, a loose-passive, and 2 other huge whales (all in that order). UTG is full stacked and so is everyone else except the nit and one of the whales to our right who are both 250BB deep. We look down at AKo in the BB.
Hero is a mid 30s asian, has been playing tight since sitting down an hour prior but the table is probably not paying attention.
How much are we raising this? If we make it too small, the entire table will call and we will have a bloated pot OOP with a huge field. If we make it big to try and thin the field, the pot will still be enormous and we might get handcuffed to the pot OOP when we whiff. What to do here?