re: Poker & The strategy heads-up against a maniac
Originally Posted by MoeJurphy
These types of players are only the most ideal players to play against when we are catching cards, if not they can be very deadly! Just as catching cards against a TAG player just means we aren't getting any value out of our hands.
we dont have to get as much value from our hands because they are giving us a tonne of value preflop by folding too much. This also allows us to basically take every pot with a low board texture, and makes them much easier to read. so i guess it depends on what your definition of TAG or tight is in HU poker, but if he's folding say 40-50% of his buttons it's game over when i'm raising 100% of my buttons.
Originally Posted by Propane Goat
My limited experience with these has been to fight fire with fire, especially during high blinds at the end of a 9-player SnG. I've found that players who shove almost every hand when they're first to act will often be reluctant to call if you do the same. You're guaranteed second place money no matter what, in this situation if somebody wants to play for stacks I'm going to do likewise. IMO it's better to go down swinging than losing all your chips to the blinds anyway.
A HU SnG is a very different situation, especially when you're faced with aggression right from the very start. Definitely open your range and don't play passively unless you're trapping, and don't let the opponent start pushing you around. You don't have to wait for premium hands, often one Broadway card is good enough to win in a showdown.
100% agree, you can't just roll over and "wait for good hands" you have to be the aggressor, in a lot of cases vs an overly aggressive opponant if you show him you won't take it and make a stand early, they will back down and play a much tighter range. mix it up and look for openings where you can attack, sometimes that might mean limping, other times it might be opening your 3bet range up a huge amount.