re: Poker & Heads up frustration
Originally Posted by smallteene
I agree. You have to catch on to your opponent and call some showdowns to see how they work and what it is they are thinking. I think changing gears is huge when playing heads up.
This is all well and good when we're playing HU with deep stacks, like in a cash game or at the beginning of a HU sit and go.
If we're talking about the end of a SNG or MTT, however, what you've said won't work. You can't afford to "call some showdowns" just to see how your opponent is playing - you'll likely be handing them a big chunk of your stack and the lead with it.
Absolutely try to get a feel for how your opponent is playing. And keep in mind that some players change their game dramatically when they get down to HU. I've seen nits lose their minds and TAGs go weak-passive when they get to HU. But calling showdowns isn't a great way to find out what they're up to.
I usually find the villain's preflop tendencies are the most useful. If they open-fold their small blind often or fold often after you've raised from the small blind, then you should steal from them with a wide range of hands and probably tighten your calling range when they shove slightly. QJ can be a profitable calling hand against some villains, for example, but there are others where you just know they're never going to push with worse than that.