Avoiding Traps with an Aggressive Style - Live Games
I've been playing a weekly home game for about 5 months, and I've had some trouble getting trapped. The player base is usually about 6 regulars, with 3-4 new players around to "fund the game". I usually do quite well, however, recently, I've had some trouble getting trapped. Here's a representative example:
Its the end of the night, 3 hours of poker under our belts, and there are 6 players left. I have 15$ in my stack (we buy in for 10$). I'm 1 off the button. One of the regular players limps in (20 cents) before me.
I play a highly aggressive & semi-loose style. I raise to 80 cents with A8os. It folds around to the villan, who calls. The flop comes, A73, with 2 spades. The villan leads out with 0.80$ into a pot of $1.90. I immediately (and probably wrongly) put the villan on a spade draw. So, I raise to 3$. The villan calls. The turn comes Qc. The villan checks to me, and I sense weakness again, so I fire in 5$, and the villan calls. The river comes out a non-spade deuce, and the villan checks to me, and I check.
Villan shows AKos, and runs off with a large portion of my stack. I've had similar situations happen like this before.
Am I just playing too loose? I figure a weak ace in late position now & then in a 6 player game isn't so bad, or am I wrong? Or is this just a case of me playing too aggressively, and players realizing that they can induce me to bet by showing weakness.
Additionally, by being so aggressive with hands that are just top pair, 2 pair, I usually get myself into situations where I'm pot committed, and drawing to 4 outs.