I feel like the weakest part of my game is not adjusting effectively against bad lags. I either fold too much against them from the jump, which allows other people at the table to get their $$ before they go bust, or call in situations where I would normally fold against the average player and then I'm lost for the rest of the hand.
Here is a situation that came up at Aria over the weekend, which is representative for the later issue of when I try to engage with these guys and then get lost. Effective stacks are $1500. Villain is a bad lag, bluffing a bunch, voicing frustration that table has gotten too tight, etc.
Cutoff limps. Hero on button with 4♦5♦, bets $25. Villain calls in BB. Cutoff calls.
Flop: 3♣,5♥,7♦. Check to hero. Bet $35. Villain check-raises to $75. Cutoff folds. Hero calls. Correct decision? Seemed too weak to fold given how much he is bluffing and I'm in position.
Turn. 9♦. Villain checks. Hero bets $125. Villain calls. Correct decision? Correct sizing? This is what I mean about being lost- this seems like a bet that I wouldn't normally make here, but I now I assume his flop check-raise was a total air and so it seemed that I should bet for protection/value.
River. 8♣. Villain bets out $350. ????.