re: Poker & Strategies for Heads Up hold 'em play
Originally Posted by philthy
-Try and avoid bluffing alot in HU, its very easy for your opponent to have hit anything on the board. Unless i have some draws showing...ie: overcards, straight, flush, i would refrain from bluffing at a hand.
Eh? More often than not your opponent will not flop a hand, and this is why aggression is so important in heads-up play. If you sit around waiting for big pairs and autofolding any flops you don't hit with any other hand, you're leaving too much to the luck of the cards.
The rest of your post is great though.
One other thing, know your opponent. He might play very tightly, almost as if he is at a full table and fold a lot of hands preflop. He may limp in from the SB a lot and fold to raises. He may bet out on the flop but often check-fold the turn if called. He might come over the top of your bets very often. It's easier to learn about an opponent heads-up because he's the only other person you have to worry about, but it's also crucial you gain a read on his betting patterns and use it to your advantage.