Originally Posted by Standout
i've lost quite a bit online, and haven't exactly been crushing the lives games around where I live. And now someone wants to play me heads up for a substantial amount of money and I said no.
Does me saying no, make me look scared or a puss? Reason why i said no is because: currently on terrible tilt, not enough cash to sit down for the match, and this kid's a complete reckless donk but the way cards have been falling for me, he'll probably catch a runner runner or something.
btw, anyone want to coach me online? perhaps incentives can be negotiated. pm me for details or if interested.
There's nothing wrong with recognizing that your confidence isn't strong enough to take this guy on. I think that's being pretty smart.
What would you do if someone challenged you to a game of Badugi or Crazy Pineapple? You'd say something like "Sorry. I don't do those, man." You could say the something similar in this case. "I don't play heads-up enough." If he razzes you, just feel good about being honest and sensible enough not to take him on without confidence.
However, I would start practicing your heads-up play. You should be able to take on ANY type of player with any ratio of stacks in any situation. That's what I did. I had one guy beat me pretty regularly in heads-up NL sit-n-go's, so I practiced quite a bit and I think I've become pretty darned good at it. If I ever play him again, I'll be ready. Start at the $1 or $2 buy-ins where you can practice and actually learn from your opponents. When you get good, you won't have to back down anymore. Good luck.