Warning, more than likely a tl;dr coming your way.
So my background: I was a short handed internet grinder that originally started like many others grinding low limit hold em until NLHE took off. Quickly I graduated into NLHE and ended up playing short handed and heads up online. I stuck to that for a while until ultimately black Friday hit. During this time period, I spent plenty of hours playing live but I never had to take it serious. Internet aggression slaughtered the small stakes NLHE games and I was mostly there to interact with folks and have fun. Black Friday hits, I walk away from poker after the FTP bust and my roll went bye bye.
So, now we're here. I decided a couple of months ago I really wanted to get back into the game. Right now I'm strictly playing $1/$3 NLHE with a $200 max buy. Once I started playing again and decided I wanted to take the live games seriously, I remembered Bart's podcast from back in the day. Bart - congrats on getting your site rolling and the continued podcast success! I started listening to the old free podcast again from 2010 time frame, a lot of the old stuff I had already listened to in the past. Once I got through the most interesting pieces I decided to finally get a CLP account and here I am.
Right now I'm on a 9 session down swing and I'm questioning myself across the board. Let me tell me try to elaborate on some situations and how I am approaching the game etc.
My image: I've known all the dealers in my room for years. Some as long as 10 years. So, immediately most players notice I know everyone. I know a ton of the regulars as well. I'm early 30s white male. I generally am very talkative and pride myself on etiquette and being a gent. Folks notice I always carry quarter chips in my pockets because I hate playing with less than max buy. The moment I'm $25 under I end up capping up.
Preflop: Similar to my style back in the day, I focus on positional play. I'm fairly nitty in EP and laggy in LP. When I'm raising it's usually to $15 unless there are more than 2 limpers in which case I'll raise more. I find my raise size doesn't seem to impact whether or not I get calls, so I treat it from a perspective of make it easy to build big pots assuming folks max buy. I found actively 3 betting often gets called with my image so I generally wont do it unless its for value.
Post flop: I play quick. It seems the games are fairly passive, folks would rather check\call then bet often. When folks bet or raise, I'm not sure if I'm making mistakes the way I'm playing big single pair hands or not. I think I'm playing too light in many spots, but in my past world folding an over pair in a 5x raised pot when effective stack sizes started at 66BB is just crazy. I would never fold AK for 66BB AIPF in the past, these live games I can't think of many situations I'd ever get it in preflop because it seems it's only KK+.
Here are a few example hands recently.$1/$3 NLHE - Flop Pair+FD, How Is My Line?$1/$3 NHLE - Bottom Set, Coordinated Board.$1/3 New Table First Hand. My Line Ugh.
A few more examples of my play recently where I've lost:
1/3 $200 max buy
UTG ($600) limps
MP ($200) limps
Hero ($200) KQss raises to $15
SB calls, UTG calls, MP calls
UTG leads for $40. MP folds. I call, SB folds. History so far with UTG is that he is LAG and recently I've seen him limp\call lead OOP twice. The most recent hand before this he had 88 from EP where he limp\called then lead and bet turn on a 9 high. He checked down river and showed 88. His main gear is definitely fire fire fire.
Turn card is a Qd.
UTG bets $100. At this point, I have $145 left into a pot of $240. I shove for the remainder, he calls, tables 94ss and I don't get there.
Last hand example.
UTG+1 ($200) limps
CO ($200) limps
Hero ($170) raises to $15 w\KK on Button
BB ($120) calls (tight senior woman)
UTG calls, CO folds.
9d 6h 3d
x/x to hero, hero bets $30 into $45. Call/call
Pot: $135. Hero has $125 left.
9d 6h 3d Qc
x\x to hero. I have less than a pot size bet left. Short handed, online, back in the day, this is a shove. In these current live games, I wonder if that looks too strong. But, I could not and still do not find any reason to do anything outside of shove since I believe the range of hands to limp\call or cold call out of the blinds are still yet to be made but could of picked up secondary draws. I shove. BB folds, UTG tables 99 and takes the pot.
So these are some of the stand outs in my head. I'm eager to go through all of the content Bart and co has put together and participate in this forum more. I'm posting this as more of a opportunity to see if you folks spot any trends or if you can recall any specific videos or podcasts that you think addresses a leak that I'm exhibiting.
Oh last piece to throw out there - I'm not playing for a living, I have no interest in playing for a living. I'm playing 1/3 because I want to get confident with my game before I go back to 3/5 and 5/10. Financially, this current level has no impact on me but it's enough dough where I care but I'm not worried to make moves.
Alright, rambling after quitting my session short tonight as I was frustrated and tilty.
I appreciate any feedback or recommendations you have.