re: Poker & How to play heads up?
Thoughts from a little fish...Take a minute when HU and relax, you have done the hard work, now get the gravy.
Lots of people have said to be aggressive, i prefer to say relax starting hand requirements and don't overvalue your hands. It is easy when playing agg. to get trapped by the amount you have invested in the pot.
Change your style, adapt to your opponent's style, being able to read the way they are playing is key or the best you can hope for is a coin flip. The more you play the better your reads will be, concentrating helps so switch the tv off and focus on all the tells
, like how quick or slowly they bet with monster hands.
I think patience is very important HU, if my opponent is a very agg player pushing large stacks into the pot, then trapping is my preferred tactic, i will be passive and fold lots of average hands until they push when i have the nuts or close to it, i mentioned earlier it is easy to overvalue hands when playing agg, slowplaying a monster hand is a very effective way of winning a lot of chips, if not the game, when your agg opponent re-raises with an average hand because they think you will fold.
I think the cards you are dealt is the most important thing HU, sometimes you will not get the help you need, but that's just poker. Be positive and try to outplay the opponent by using another very important thing position.
If you use the reads you have and play position and you have a large enough stack so that you don't have to play lots of hands and you mix up your style, then you can take control of the situation. Don't be the caller when it comes to the all-in be the raiser.
Hope you have success soon.