Flopped trips, had bad kicker. He raises, I fold. Need advice on my playing style. Lo
Ok, so this is what happened: there was a caller from UTG1+2, and I look down and see A4. I have 15. I decided to call as I doubted a raise-steal wold have worked.
the flop comes, AAK, rainbow
SB raises 2 blinds, followed by UTG1 who reraises it 3 times, to a total of 6 blinds. up to me. What should I do in this spot? I cannot call with the intention of seeing his next move, as he would raise there if he is bluffing or actually got it. Since there was two raises one of them must have an ace, and if they did, it would most likely beat mine.
I ended up folding the hand. For this reason I usually fold these sorts of hands, but lately I have not been running particularly well and thought that I should loosen up a bit. I have only been playing hands with at least a 10+ kicker, only reasonably good positions unless the hand is a monster. I call with pockets if they have 15+blinds and call with suited connectors if they have 50+ blinds. When I decide to play a hand, I raise it to 3 blinds + 1 for every limper. These raises are huge compared to a good majority of the players I'm up against. This has not been working very well; last night for a little under 2 hours of live poker I only played 2 hands, one of them which I would not normally play but I thought I better play some hands. I was particualry card dead than night, usually play a roughly about 1 card per 30 mins, maybe more; we shuffle fairly slow. I can get away with steals a bit because of my super tight image, but they're too many calling stations where I play at to do it often. Last night I probably lost 15% of my original stack to the blinds. We got down to 5 players so I started making some moves.
So, should I loosen up a bit more? A decent majority of the players I'm up against player any k, q, no matter the kicker. So if I start playing hands with 8+ kicker I will still be ahead most of the time. Or is what I'm doing fine? I haven't mastered push fold mode so when I do this might go well with my style. What do you guys think? Honest criticism please.