Players have definitely figured out something in the last week or so.
I’m seeing a lot more willingness to call a big preflop raise, even calling c-bets. This makes raising and c-betting less profitable, turning it into a liabilty.
If I’m in late position, last to act, any raise I make to no action ahead of me is seen as not-credible, the assumption is just because they missed the flop, doesn’t mean you can just take the hand away from them. They’ll call a half-pot bet, hit the turn or even the river, or maybe they hit bottom pair, and they’ll check you to the river just to make sure. If you don’t fire away again on the Turn, they’ll shove.
Either the vast majority of players were too timid to call bets until this week, or suddenly I’m always betting into made hands, every single time.
When they do call a c-bet at the flop, maybe they trip up their bottom pair on the turn, or maybe the fill out a straight draw along the way, or maybe the AQ you were so hot to oepn with missed everything, but you can’t see them calling your preflop raise with anything that would have hit such a dry flop, but somehow they did call your 6BB raise with a hand like Q3, they pair their 3, and take you out with it.
Then there’s the check-raiser, suddenly everyone’s shoving to your raise, and now you have to decide whether they’re just testing you, or if they were sleeping on a monster, or what. You win 2 small pots in a row with reasonable bets that close the hand when no one shows interest in it, and then the whole table decides to check-raise any late action bet.
I’m going to have to come up with some fresh tactics.