How to handle loose 3 bets?
I recently moved up to 50NL and I am encountering players who are absolutely incessant with their 3 betting. There are players who will 3 bet their button all the time and the BB very frequently when the button opens.
Okay so the biggest problem is the button 3 bet, normally its not gigantic but we nevertheless are OOP. Now if I open with AQ in MP and the button 3 bets me what do I really do? I almost never call a 3 bet OOP with AQ but this is different as I know I am ahead or a flip most of the time but there are still a few hands that have me crushed. There are 3 different ways to approach the situation the way I see it.
1. Just fold it which sounds ridiculous given his 3 bet range.
2. Call and keep calling his c bets unless he bets too much.
3. Make a calculated 4 bet and if he calls then we are done with the hand if we don't flop anything and if he 5 bets we fold as well.
So far I have been doing the second option but I am not sure if its really the right way to go. Normally if the button doesn't hit he won't be C betting after the flop. Those lags who will keep c betting till the end will be crushed when we hit big so its okay to lose a few smaller hands to them.
Now the second problem is the BB/SB 3 betting. I toned down my blind stealing since 20 NL but yet some players would still not respect my button open and 3 bet with garbage like a one gap SC. If I open with AJ as I should be opening it on the button, what to do when a loose blind 3 bets? At the lower levels it was total suicide to call 3 bets with AJ but not in this scenario where I am ahead of over half his 3 betting range.
So far I have approached the situations by playing more loose and bluffing
from time to time which does work on good solid players. But the problem is when it doesn't work its just so ridiculous it tilts the living hell out of me to stack off on a bluff. And really I feel even at 50 NL the general level of play is such that people are still somewhat calling stations so I dont want bluffing to be an integral part of my game at this level.
Is this just supposed to be one big guessing game or one can really formulate a set strategy for these situations? I made an incredible start to 50 NL but today blew 2 buy ins bluffing into regs so I really want to move forward with a clear head before I blow away the rest of my winnings.
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