Heads-Up Tip: Checking The Flop
When playing heads-up poker, the flop will miss both players most of the time. Since the cards rule in heads-up, any small advantage you gain over an opponent can make the difference in the long run. Here's something I noticed myself doing early on and which now corrected has become a powerfull tool for me.
When first to act, if the flop misses you, which it mostly does, good hand or bad, Do Not Immediately Check! Wait 2 seconds. The speed of the check sends a huge signal to your opponent that you missed. If you do it again on the turn, your begging to have the pot stolen. A pregnant pause before checking will often result in a showdown where the high card often takes the pot.
Once this concept is mastered, it becomes a weapon in your hands and you can make it serve your turn. When you want to induce a steal, of course check quickley. When you're the Button/SB you can key in on the weakness and take the pot with a minimum raise. A word of caution, know your opponent, and don't go to the well too often.