I can't get over the issue (fear?) of raising or 3betting preflop when there's multiple limpers or flats in the pot already. One, two, maybe three--fine. I can sometimes still get up the nerve. More than that though and I have problems.
One example from today: I have AK on the BTN. EP opens to $15 and gets 4 callers, and I can see the SB next to me waiting to get his chips in the pot.
Everything I've ever studied (mostly mtt stuff) says I'm supposed to 3bet here. In an MTT I'd jam and probably not think too much about it. But in a cash game, with multiple limps or calls I find it almost impossible to raise it up.
Is this a common issue?
I'm still getting used to cash games. But I know my fold equity in these spots is pretty low. And it just seems like I'm often bloating the pot with a hand that really needs to be heads-up. Maybe that means I need to 3bet bigger but that definitely scares me.
Honestly, I think it makes more sense to 3bet 9Ts in a spot like than it is to do it with AKo.
Cash games are still a mystery to me when it comes to things like this. Please let me know if you have any advice or resources that might help me out. Thanks!
Edit: I want to mention that I've seen players limp in with hands like JJ, QQ, AK, TT, etc.