My #1 weakness at the table right now is the fear of getting stacked.
Not "fear" as in "I can't afford it". I'm a recreational, hobby player who plays $1/$2 at most twice a week. So I'm not sure where the fear comes from. Any resources to work on this issue would be appreciated. I would like to through a hand I played last night. I will give my thought process on each street, and I hope to get the correct way of working through the hand and coming to the correct decision.
I call a raise from an early position raiser with pocket sevens. This player is very weak - limps with almost all of his hands and raises with premiums only. I put his range as a very snug TT+, AQ, and AK. One other player calls behind me and we go three handed to the flop.
I flop middle set one a Qd 7x 3d board. The EP raiser leads out for $15. I am aware of the flush draw but call for one street, attempting to drag in the player behind me (also a very weak player). Because the queen is a diamond, the only real flush draw he could have is Ad Kd (although the other player might have more). I call and the trailing player folds.
The turn is a black ace. My opponent leads out for $25 now. This is where the fear kicks in. I start going through hands that would bet both flop and turn, and come up with exactly three - AQ, QQ, and AA. I'm losing to two of those three hands, but I'm even aware that there are more combos of AQ than the sets, so in all actuality I'm ahead more often than behind. I also consider AK as a possible hand, but I'm not sure because he would have had to cbet into two players with ace high, and I'm not sure he would do that. Despite knowing I'm ahead more often than behind, the fear of AA/QQ causes me to call.
The river is a low heart. My opponent leads for $35. Nothing in his range has changed from the turn. I call again.