In this article on Heads Up, we will talk about circumstances that appear, when playing Heads Up and suggest that aggression is the optimal playability. It is impossible to win by playing tight and waiting for good hands to come. Long-term winners of HU pots do not give up just because they have bad cards. To succeed in HU, you must be able to pick up pots when none of you have good cards. If you bet or raise, you will win the pot just at the final confrontation. The secret of success in HU poker can be expressed in two words, bet or raise.
In Poker everything is relative, so these recommendations are beginning with “if “, and this is a weighty word. Let’s review the most common situations and to shape a battle plan.
Situation 1 (few chips)
If both have fewer chips compared to the size of the blinds, not much leeway unusual scheme, even if you lead, nearly optimal game is all-in or fold. Remember, when you pay all-in you have no chance of winning by the opponent to give up. You must have the best hand to win the pot. On the other hand, if you put yourself first all-in, you can win with any two cards if your opponent folds, and the fairness of the fold is very important. You do not gamble because you have a good hand. Bet to assume that your opponent has a weak hand.
Situation 2 (more chips)
Now you can play poker and you should probably avoid major preflop confrontations, unless you have very good hands. Your goal should be to play small pots without all-in confrontations. On button, that will act last after the flop gives you a big advantage. You decide when and how to push. You can try to scare your opponent with a big bet or check to see a hand and possibly try later to put it to the test.
The key to success is to keep the HU permanent opponent in the fog, forcing him to guess what you’re doing. Most experts agree that poker Heads Up, 3:1 price you get when you’re on the button justified to call with any two cards. Makes sense, because you have good chances against random cards, but if the vital element in HU is aggression, why do not raise?
Think of it this way , pre-flop play “small ball” and after the flop take advantage of any opportunity to steal the pot.
Situation 3 (both have many chips, but you have much less than your opponent)
Most times it’s hard to resist an opponent with big chips, especially if it is a competent player. If luck isn’t there, the player with fewer chips will lose, so you should be more willing to risk, and while you’re at a disadvantage bigger the more violent should push your luck. Tactics which you use like the one described above. But instead of giving a small raise, all-in all the way. From the big blind, if your opponent made the call, be prepared to go all in with any two decent cards. If your opponent opens with a raise and you have a top quality handful make the call check-raise if you think you’re ahead. So maybe you will be able to draw your opponent into a trap and you will double.
Let’s do a little recap:
• both have fewer chips: go all in with any two cards that have a chance of winning.
• both have many chips: raise the size of the pot, unless you open preflop from the button. If you end up with big chip disadvantage tend to go all-in in preflop frequently.
• Open the minimum raise from the button and make continuation bet on the flop.
• Never open the button three times in a row if you have the highest hand.
• Be prepared to fold if your opponent counter attack.
From the big blind:
• Raise if the button just call and give you good hand. Check with weak cards and see the flop for free.
• After the flop: Bet the pot as when you have good cards. Do check-raise with very strong cards. Check and fold most bad cards.