As I just mentioned in Bart's post, I am struggling with the best way to play these big overbets on dangerous boards when I am afraid that my hand may not be good anymore. Here are two hands -- I usually only put one in a post, but they are against the same opponent in the same session so the first provides context for the second.
$5/10 - one of the looser games I've played in a long time -- lots of calling down and river bluffing -- juicy game that I stayed at due to some spots, but at times put me out of my comfort zone. I had a winning image, ran my stack up from $1500 to $4000 quickly with aggressive play, most did not go to showdown but I had good hands in the few times it did. At this point, table seemed focused on playing back at me.
Hand 1: I raised to $30 in middle position with Js9s and a station called in hijack, tight older unknown Asian gentleman on button (had not seen him play a hand yet, but was not there long) with about $1500, a bluffy station in SB.
Flop Jc Ts 8d. I cbet $60 into a $95 pot. Surprisingly the tight asian gentleman calls but the others fold.
Turn Qd. I bet $120 into a $215 pot with my straight. Perhaps sizing too small, but I was trying to get looked up by worse hands.
River Ad. Obviously a terrible card, but I wonder if a bet/fold is in order esp given I hadn't seen villain play a hand yet. I had bet folded a few hands recently, so because I thought I was being played back at I decided to check and evaluate. He bets $300 into the pot.
I think for a while, but because of the recent history of being bet/folded and river bluffed (by other players), I eventually call and he shows KQo for Bway. Should I have bet folded there? Is this an obvious check fold?
Hand 2: A while later - I became fairly card dead so image was probably tight, more losing, and still felt I was being played back at with my bet/folds. I hadn't raised in a while so I raise $30 in middle position again with 7s6s. Same two stations and Asian gentleman now with ~$2400 (I have him covered) call in the same positions.
Flop comes 8c7c7h giving me trips and a backdoor SD. I c'bet $60 into a $95 pot. Again the stations fold but the villain calls (these two hands were atypical -- in that most hands, the stations had called and I was making money from both of them, so it had been profitable to try to play more hands against them).
Turn comes the Ad. I bet $150 into the $215 pot. He again calls.
River comes the As, giving me an underful. Bet / fold spot?
Again, I felt like this was a way ahead/way behind spot, so I checked. He bets $800 into $515 pot. I think for a while but fold because 1) I believe he is tight and overbets like this with the nuts and 2) I think an AcXc is well within his range the way he played the hand. I almost think my hand is face-up with a 7 given my flop and turn action and he's trying to get looked up by a 7. Arguing against a fold, he seen me bet/fold quite a bit to this point (in a later hand I 3 bet one of the stations on the turn, he folded and another player remarked "the jig is up")
Interested in whether you would have bet/folded either spot, or possibly check called the river on the 2nd hand. Also welcome any comments on improving my bet sizing. Thanks in advance.