Originally Posted by Newschool
I play professionally at FR and 6max. Honestly, beating HU games isn't easy, and no out of the box strategy will prepare you for it. There are alot more variables that both players are paying attention to, and hand ranges are very wide. Basically its a nightmare for an inexperienced player. Id suggest baby steps, maybe sharpen your teeth at FR or 6max games!
I second this one as well... On my first HU, my opponent ran over me like a mack truck. An experience that I've never since forgot. The aggression factor he was using (which I find now to be quite normal for HU actually...) had me crippled as I was used to waiting for premium (or close) hands. You cannot
do this in HU...
If you want some sort of a starting basis... Do not
quote me on this as I am taking a stab at as to how I've adjusted.
I keep in mind that you have to open your hand range much wider as there are only 2 players obv. Realize that, I think J7 is about the middle cut-off literally between the hands above this that you might
play as opposed to under this which I would throw away. Do not waste time trying to build hands from speculative holdings (like low suited/connectors... unless your opponent is playing passive... which prob won't happen... but if so, you should be playing w/ extreme aggr either way...) Hands that I would defend with are pretty much pocket pairs, Ax's & connected/suited broadways depending on position (hopefully you'll try to go no lower than a suited or connected king if possible...) Anything else I pretty much throw in tha garbage... As you get more experienced and get more reads on your opponent you'll probably expand your range more.
As mentioned above by members, there are many variables & player dynamics/tendencies (M-levels, etc...)
.. Anyone please correct my thinking if off... Just giving Dameyon' some starting tidbits
to go by...