How to take shots

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How to take shots

CO: $19.34
BN: $24.65
SB: $24.31 (Hero)
BB: $25.83
UTG: $49.34
HJ: $20
Preflop ($0.35) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt J A 7 J
UTG folds, HJ calls $0.25, CO calls $0.25, BN calls $0.25, Hero calls $0.15, BB checks
Flop ($1.25) 6 J 7 (5 Players)
Hero checks, BB bets $1.25, HJ folds, CO folds, BN calls $1.25, Hero calls $1.25
Turn ($5.00) Q (3 Players)
Hero checks, BB bets $4.17, BN raises to $17.51
River ($26.68) Q (3 Players)
Final Pot
BN has 8 K 6 6 Hero has J A 7 J BB has 8 4 9 5 BN wins $0.66 , Hero wins $70.45 , BB wins $1.18
Biggest pot of my young PLO career :)

Also though, I thought it was an interesting flop spot. On a board like this 4 ways in a limped pot, there is a pretty decent chance someone has a hand they are willing to get in. I couldn't decide what to do tho.

I could...
(a) lead into the flop and hope to get raised by a big draw and then I can 3bet and flip for it. setback is that I give away the strength of my hand and have little chance of getting raised by anything I'm ahead of. Another setback is that being out of position, I can get flatted by tons of draws and they can play perfect against me on later streets. This seems like the worst option by far, but it's still an option.

(b) check/raise the flop. The setback to this option is that it's a limped pot so I won't be able to stick in a large % of my stack at all. I will often get called and be lost on about half the deck worth of turn cards still having about $18 in front of me and about a $12 pot assuming it's hu. Again, my opponents can profitably call with all their big draws and play perfect on later streets against me. This option seems a bit better than (a) but still not the best.

(c) I decide to check/call. The setback to this option is we will often have to c/f turns with a strong hand. We also set ourselves up to be bluffed off the pot on scary turn cards when we check again. It seems like a bit of a disaster to get bluffed off top set and give up all that equity, so that's a downside. Another setback to this option is that we allow the turn to be multi-way quite often. That is just that many more turn cards that we have to avoid if we see the turn 3 ways and 1 guy has nfd+pair and the other has a wrap or something. However, I think on good turns for us we improve our equity vs combo draws from flipping to having a decent edge and can have like 65% equity or something when most of the money goes in. I think this option makes the most sense but I could be wrong.

Would love some feedback on what you guys would do and also on if you think my thoughts about it are accurate or delusional. In reality, I got it in still in bad shape cause villain's draw was so big but I obv have no choice but to get it in on the turn here I think. Also, first 25pl session went well.. Shot taking is fun when you don't lose :)

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