Originally Posted by bojax
Seems to me that you bet call too much cus you didn't mention bet folding once in your post. Thus, they check raise you a lot.
I thought about this and what you're saying. I took a step back and looked at some hands and also thought about different scenarios. I realize it's not necessarily that I'm bet calling too much, it's that I'm not betting or raising often enough.
I used to be more passive but have recently been switching to a more tight aggressive approach. Which works well when it works but one misstep and a lot of progress can be lost in one or two hands.
I started out by tightening up my preflop hand ranges and being aggressive with them. Hitting flops I'll see what's out there and bet accordingly. If there's a re-raise to my bet unless I have a good draw/set on the board I'll generally fold to that. I realize I need to reraise that raise again on strong boards with either a set or lots of outs.
But then the biggest issue I'm seeing is I let the turn go too much. I let them see the turn cheap then make the big mistake of giving them a check on the turn and thus a free chance to steal with a big bet or see the free river.
And looking at my big pot losses, guess where a lot of the lost hands are. At the river. Actually at non showdown rivers where I missed a big draw or clearly see a very dangerous river card. If I get bet into there I'm folding.
I used to get frustrated betting a good hand for value and getting all folds around me and no action, but the opposite is not getting enough value in on strong hands and strong draws, then being passive about it and letting them see cheap or free cards to make their hands bigger and better.
I also saw a pattern where I'll bet call a bet if I have a strong straight or flush draw but then check if there's no bet made trying to get a free turn or river for my draw. But then sometimes that backfires and the free card helps the villian and then I get beat if the draw misses.