Recent 1/3 session.
Hero (1.7k eff) UTG raises to $25 with AKo (obv a big opening bet but this was standard for the table. Anything less would generally get 2-3 callers who were 'priced in')
UTG+1 (300 eff) flat calls, I'd played with him previously - young tricky laggy type I'd developed a friendly rivalry with. He liked to play lots of suited connectors, one/two gappers so potentially calling pretty light.
Folds around to older Asian gent on BU (550 eff). He hadn't shown down much through the night but what he had was generally nutted type hands. He clicks it to $125.
Blinds fold and it's back to me. I felt really uncomfortable being in the middle of the 3 bettor and the tricky flat caller. I felt like I had two options: flat or shove. Flat calling the 3 bet without closing the action left me open to a squeeze to my left and I honestly felt like the BU was very strong, with a JJ+ range so I'd be flipping with a shove. The BU stack depth made it feel like 4 betting wasn't really an option.
I ended up tanking for a while and giving it up. The UTG+1 also folded and showed me J9c for what it's worth.
A few things I'd like some feedback on:
- Is this too conservative a fold? Was calling the right decision to see a flop and then check/fold if faced with more aggression?
- What's the best way to calculate if I had the equity to get all the money in against the BU pre-flop
- This hand was at the tail end of a 10 hour session where I had built up a big stack for these stakes (1.7k with a 300 max buyin) so there were definitely some inner mental demons at play, not wanting to flip and lose my hard earned winnings. I may have conjured up some monsters under the bed to justify the passive fold - how do I overcome this sort of decision making?