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5 Tips to Improve Your Heads Up Poker Play

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You’ve finally made it! You’ve played Texas Hold’em for hours and hours,
dodged some scary all ins, caught a couple of breaks and now you are
sitting at the final table playing heads up poker. Here are some tips to
help you improve your heads up Texas Hold’em poker strategy.


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You’ve finally made it! You’ve played Texas Hold’em for hours and hours,
dodged some scary all ins, caught a couple of breaks and now you are
sitting at the final table playing heads up poker. Once the joy of making
the final table has subsided you will have to get down to business and
stake out your opponent. Hopefully by now you have got a good read on the
player, their tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. However, it may be
important to know that poker players often switch modes when it comes
down to heads up play. A poker players heads up play may be completely
different than their regular play. Here are some tips to help you improve
your heads up Texas Hold’em poker strategy.

Tip#1 – An Ace in the Hole

The #1 rule of heads up poker play is that when you have an ace as a hole
card you will usually be in a dominant position pre flop. You should then
raise/re-raise strong to see what the opponent’s reaction will be. Often
times an opponent will fold (depending on the specific style of the poker
player) for fear of the ace or a pocket pair. Sometimes you may get
called but remember, in heads up poker players have a tendency to make
loose calls. Odds are you will still be in a dominant position.

Tip #2 – Lower Your Expectations

While playing heads up Texas Hold’em poker, chances are that you cannot
afford to wait on a good hand. A quality hand in heads up poker is not
the same as when playing with a bigger group. You may have to settle with
J-6 offsuit and just see what happens. The odds are that many times your
opponent will have a bad looking hand as well.

Tip #3 – Try To Pick Up A Betting Pattern

Many poker players have an extremely difficult time playing heads up.
Some collapse under the pressure and others become painstakingly obvious
in how they bet in heads up. Make sure you keep an eye on your opponents
betting habits. Every now and then you may want to call a hand that you
know your probably beat in just to see what the opponent has. If you can
pick up an opponents betting habits it’s almost as if they are showing
you their hands.

Tip #4 – Mix Up Your Play

Even if you are not getting the best of cards you must always try to mix
up your play to throw your opponent off your scent. Raise with 9-4
suited. Call with A-3 offsuit. This way your opponent cannot pick up a
good betting pattern from you. Many poker players are not great when it
comes to heads up play. By throwing your opponent off your scent it
possible that he/she will be enticed into making a careless all-in call.
All it takes is one big mistake in heads up play and you’ll have your
opponent right where you want them.

Tip #5 – Don’t Over Do the “All-In” Call

Please do not go over board going all-in. This is like leaving your hand
up to fate. There is some luck involved in poker but you don’t want to
just get by on being lucky. Besides, doing this is a clear give away that
you may be less advanced and a veteran will wait for their chance and
BURRY you. Mix up your play, raises, calls and folds, and in the end the
better player usually wins out.

				
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