I follow Ki’s fast track pre-flop opening ranges. I follow Bart’s cbet matrix. Playing in a decent game with some tough regs and some loose recs who like to see flops. After a couple hours the stacks are usually 300 to 1000 and sometimes more.
One of the issues I am having is if three or more people call my raise. Bart’s number one caveat in the cbet matrix is number of players seeing the flop. If I whiff the flop and do not have any decent back door possibilities (which seems to happen often!) i’ll go ahead and check. In this call happy table I feel like I am checking almost constantly. If someone bets and there is one or more callers I usually just check fold. This feels so passive and weak.
I almost feel like people love to call my raises because they know I will just check fold so often in a multi way pot. I don’t think it will matter if I make my opening raise 8 , 10, 12, or 15, they will still call. Even with strong hands I am unclear how to proceed. I raised with QQ UTG and two of the more tricky players who love to see flops called. Flop was k 9 7 rainbow. I probably should have cbet but I thought it would be a good idea to protect my usual checking range by checking with a strong hand. Hi Jack checked but co bet 2/3 pot. I thought it was too nitty to ck fold so I called and HJ folded. Turn J I checked and CO again bet 2/3 pot. I folded. I may be being exploited, but I have a hard time calling multiple bets when there is an over card on the board to my pair.
Suggestions on how to proceed in crowded Postflop situations and how sticky I should be with my pocket pairs with over cards on the board?