Running badly or playing badly?
I play micro/low stakes poker online and recently I've been on a real bad down swing. Playing a few hours a day, for the past two months I've just been losing buyin after buyin on cash tables and my BR has taken a massive hit and is now exceptionally low. (A couple of max buyins at the lowest limit is what I have remaining).
Part of the reason for my downswing is due to a change in style of play. I generally play a TAG style, bordering on even being classified as a NIT. However, I was stalling. My winnings were almost non-existent for quite a while. I decided this was because my play was very transparent. i.e. Betting when I have it, check-folding when I don't.
Anyway, I decided I wanted to incorporate more into my game play. More check-raising, more double barrelling, more bluffing
, playing my draws in different ways. Balancing my three betting range more with bluffs, suited connectors and small pocket pairs. This has not been a fruitful experience. However, I do not wish to go back to playing the way I did before as it was painfully apparent that my opponents could read me quite easily.
I'm trying to play my opponents more than my cards now, but I seem to be doing it in the wrong spots (yes, I am fully aware of positional play).
Sometimes I'm playing my draws more aggressively (ones where I have a lot of outs), only to not hit and be forced to fold when my opponent bets the river. I'm trying to stop opponents from floating the flop by putting out double barrels into scary boards, only for them to continue calling me when I don't have a hand strong enough to continue with. My check-raises don't seem believable and I'm always getting called.
All of this has led to a dwindling BR which at its peak was enough to move up limits. Where could I be going wrong? I really need help with this as I think I've being playing some of my worst poker ever. Thanks in advance for any answers.