Originally Posted by KenFischer
[X] Great advice
[X] Questionable advice
Reraising pre-flop can get him into the same trouble here - it's easy to say "raise it up" when you see villian's cards, but we don't really know what he's holding here. Even someone who raises every hand can pick up a monster on occasion, and reraising plays right into that. Even if we do catch something on the flop, unless it hits us perfectly it's still going to be hard to play.
I have no problem with seeing a flop, but it's going to be hard to catch something that leaves you feeling safe. If these were suited they would be much easier to play. As posted, playing it slowly is your best bet, since you will probably be getting away from it soon.
I'm a big fan of playing for small pots heads-up (especially with the blinds so small), so when they get lucky it doesn't cripple you on one hand. There is also some value in folding this pre-flop. You don't need to play every hand heads-up (though you want to play most of them). Folding on occasion sends the message that you aren't playing any 2 cards, and when you do call, you will have something. That should serve to slow down (at least a little) all but the most insane opponents.
lol. A9 is an absolutely fantastic HU hand. Why on earth would you think that because you picked up A9 he has a monster?
Anyways preflop play is alot of personal preference. I like to 3 bet alot but that is because i like to put alot of pressure on and force somebody to make a mistake when i have the best hand.
I honestly can't believe you would even consider folding a hand like this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with basically playing ATC heads up and playing them aggressive (so long you know when to let a hand go...aka. this thread) because your opponent doesn't have a clue what you have. So he only has to hit middle pair when you hit top pair and it is the end of the game if he isn't willing to let it go.
It is 100% your opponent however. If he is a maniac then obviously you don't want to pop it up if you know that you will have to hit pretty hard in order to take the pot from him coz he will bet out hard. If the person is less inclined to stick around if he misses the flop then 3 betting is a very good idea etc etc
As for "Folding on occasion sends the message that you aren't playing any 2 cards, and when you do call, you will have something" well i don't know about you but i don't want my opponent having an f'ing clue what i have. I don't care if he thinks i have shit...that is how most of my HU matchs end--because somebody is unwilling to let go of their middle pair because they don't think i have anything and they get value betted out of the match.
HU isn't about winning the match. Rather it is about forcing your opponent to make a mistake and lose it.
Well without good reads from the villains betting patterns (which obviously only OP has an idea) for all you know he has AK and you are drawing dead. What makes you think this isn't just value betting each street?