tl;dr; first two paragraphs are just me ranting.
After ending my 20k+ hands heater on zoom, I managed to go down shittons in 6-max, made some adjustments after a larger thread on here and felt like I played much, much better. The results didn't show that thought, more like breakeven for the next 30k hands (thought canceling out the initial -10bi due to nitty bad play at regular 6-max).
Still working on boardtextures for c-betting, expanding my valuebets (first time in my poker-career I feel like I can actually take profitable lines postflop with weaker hands). But a feeling doesn't cut it. If the profits don't come after the plays, I'm doing it wrong? Right. No. Not in poker. It's a delicate little problem; playing "good" and losing money, but challenging at the same time.
Anyways, I think it've managed to eliminate most straight up bad calls, but seeing that my bad result often comes from a lot of pots in the size of 10-40bb where I've folded makes me suspect that I'm either playing some pots too big, or that I just make too many folds in the wrong spots. This often occurs on drawy boards where I believe I most often have the best hand on the flop, but am not happy to face a shove, or to check (say AcKs, making it 4x pf, bb calls, flop TcJhKh).
It also comes with the counter-problem; if I slow down I feel like I risk being bet off a hand. Facing a bet is really scary and opens up for me making huge misstakes. Say something like AsQs, making it 3.5x pf, button calls, flop is Qd7c5d, I 4/5-pots it. Turn is 4s. A close-to-pot bet would pretty much commit me, a 1/2-pot bet would look really weak and I think may give my opponent all sorts of crazy ideas, a check is also weak, gives a free-card and gives up my initiative/control. I think I have the best hand here but I'm afraid of any reaction to it.
I'm running about 17.5/14.5 this month (30k hands split between zoom and regular 6-max, stats ironically identical with 2140 (14.93%) vs. 2149 (14.04%) hands won in both games, regular showing +$12.97, zoom showing -$17.18). w$wsf 40%, wtsd 26%, w$sd 58%, c-bet 57%, don't know how to check c-bet success, but sorting by c-betting the graph is up, up, even thought the red line is pretty breakeven.
Enough about stats, here are some hands to serve as examples:
Hand 1: Zoom, villain's 18/11 over 25 hands, problem is I don't know how to continue, I could call but if I face a turnbet that's just bad. I would prefer call and check-down, bringing up a spot where I'm afraid to face a raise:
Hero (bb): $2.00
utg: $2.04, hj: $1.29, co: $2.06
Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is with K A
2 folds, co calls $0.02, 1 fold, sb raises to $0.06, Hero raises to $0.18, 1 fold, sb calls $0.12
Flop: ($0.38) J K J (2 players)
sb checks, Hero bets $0.24, sb raises to $0.64, Hero folds
Hand 2: Zoom, no specific reads, I think I'm ahead on the flop a lot and wouldn't mind seeing one of them fold for a heads-up pot from there on. The 9 didn't change my position by much but 3-handed I don't know how to continue. I.e what am I beating and how can I play it through on the river without hero-calling? A check-down would be nice for me.
Hero (bb): $2.00
Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is with 7 7
1 fold, hj raises to $0.06, 2 folds, sb calls $0.05, Hero calls $0.04
Flop: ($0.18) 6 4 3 (3 players)
sb checks, Hero bets $0.10, hj calls $0.10, sb calls $0.10
Turn: ($0.48) 9 (3 players)
sb checks, Hero checks, hj bets $0.10, sb calls $0.10, Hero folds
Hand 3: Zoom, no specific read, starting to be able to play JJ well postflop. I'm currently experimenting with a lower 3-bet sizing for hands that like people to call but gives me plenty of maneuverability if overcards falls, so far I believe it's working great, but I guess I need to check out pt-stats on that after a couple of more hands.
This is the type of spot where I'm scared shitless of a raise, but think I'm ahead a lot. Problem is if I check back turn and he leads on the river, I'm pretty fucked. Plus i would like to price out the club-draw if he wants to make misstakes. A check would pretty much scream "I don't have a queen and I think you may have one!"
Hero (BTN): $2.00
SB: $2.11, BB: $0.88, UTG: $1.53
Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with J J
1 fold, MP raises to $0.06, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.14, 2 folds, MP calls $0.08
Flop: ($0.31) 5 8 Q (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $0.22, MP calls $0.22
Turn: ($0.75) 7 (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $0.50, MP raises to $8.15 all in, Hero folds
Hand 4: Regular 6-max, illustrating a spot where I choose to check and ended up in a pretty shitty spot. Problem here was that I had about $1.6 behind, betting 45 cents makes the stack-to-pot very large for any river and doesn't really price out draws. I would be betting pretty much my stack that he has a lone king, ten, pocket-pair or draw if I bet. If I had a hand, this may be a spot where I'd consider overbetting thought.
But what would he call with that we've got beat? JJ? KJ? Acxc? I'm just weirded out so I went for the check, facing that bet I'm dreading.
Guy's 22/11 over 18 hands if that would affect anything.
BTN: $0.94, SB: $1.55, BB: $2.00, UTG: $1.76
Hero (CO): $2.03
Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is CO with A K
1 fold, MP raises to $0.08, Hero raises to $0.16, 3 folds, MP calls $0.08
Flop: ($0.35) 7 K T (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $0.28, MP calls $0.28
Turn: ($0.91) Q (2 players)
MP checks, Hero checks
River: ($0.91) 2 (2 players)
MP bets $0.88, Hero folds
So the main questions were;
Figuring out if I'm folding too much, what stats should I be looking for?
Based on the thread, do you think I'm folding too much?
Resources for handling these types of spots?
Fear of being bet back at, making me unconfident in some spots, resources, tips?
Also, terribly sorry for the threadnaught. Seems like it's my third, uugh...