Playing in cash games
So I'm a cash game player. I first started building my 5 dollar BR on DONs maybe a year/2 years ago. It worked out for a while but i hit a downswing and I was down to about 70 cents. I started playing some limit and sold some play chips to get about $4 and then from there i just started to climb. I crushed 2nl at 19bb/100 out of about 15k hands and finally after a grueling 55k hands at 10nl i'm finally grinding 25nl.
Naturally i always thought i was a decent player but recently i'm finding out a lot of things that seem really different to me, things that go against what I always thought was right. For example this hand I found on 2+2:
Poker Stars $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em $0.02 Ante - 6 players
The Official 2+2 Hand Converter Powered By DeucesCracked.com
Hero (SB): $34.27
Pre Flop: ($0.27) Hero is SB with Qc Ad
1 fold, MP raises to $0.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.25, 1 fold
Flop: ($0.82) 7d 9h 7s (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $0.40, Hero calls $0.40
Turn: ($1.62) 2d (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $1.20, Hero calls $1.20
River: ($4.02) 3c (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $5.40, Hero ???
(OP had said villain is running like 35ish/20ish over a 70ish hand sample.)
Here I made a comment asking why hero didn't 3bet this pre. I mean he's OOP and has a strong hand. I had a couple people agree with me that we should 3bet but then others came in saying that flatting might be better to just flat and have villain "valuetown" himself.
This is just one instance, i mean i've been seeing more and more people saying that we need to somehow keep the villian in and have him not fold out worse hands. I understand this but i mean i don't know how doing this is possible without giving him pot odds
to draw out. Usually when i'm playing my standard cbet(whether i hit the flop or not and if the texture is ok) is almost 3/4 pot. And i 3bet AQ from the blinds almost every, if not all the time. Do i have a huge leak?