Poker strategy essays
Many players find the idea of heads-up,
Hold'em online to be somewhat intimidating.
There are, however, some tricks you can add to your
poker strategy to give yourself an edge against
even the toughest heads-up opponent.
Passive play has no place in a heads up poker. That
doesn't mean you have to call every raise or raise
every pot, but you should definitely be looking to
play as many hands as you can, and you can't let raises
scare you off even if you don't have a premium holding.
Additionally, since most flops will miss both players,
the player who aggressively pursues the pot is most
likely to win it. Sizing
your bets properly will of course be very
Even in a heads up situation, position matters. Keep
in mind that unlike in a full ring game of no limit
Texas Hold'em, in heads up poker, the small blind
is on the button, meaning he or she is first to act
before the flop, and last to act after. Just as in
a full game, acting second is a big advantage, as
you have more information than your opponent. For
this reason, you should be more willing to flat call
from the small blind. It's okay to raise here too,
as you will have a positional advantage in a larger
pot, but if you are in the big blind with a marginally
strong hand (remember marginal hands go up in value
in short handed situations), you should be more inclined
to raise and try to end the hand right away, or at
least take control of the hand before the flop.
All Else Fails… Move In
If you and your opponent are evenly matched and you
have more poker chips or not too many fewer chips,
it can be a good strategy to try to chip away at his
stack and hope he overplays into your good hands.
However, if you are playing someone who is clearly
a pro, well timed all-ins can be very effective. He
will be looking to outplay you, which he cannot do
if all the chips are in the middle before the flop.
For this reason, your strong opponent may fold to
an all-in with a stronger hand. Even if he calls,
most decent hands will not be a big underdog to the
opponent's hand. For example, if you move in with
KT and your opponent has A9 or 77, or example, you
are only a 3-2 or less of an underdog.
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