Heads up help - anyone!
Yesterday I earned a second place finish in a deep stack tournament at my local casino. Obviously Iím disappointed though. The issue is that I donít get a lot of head-ups experience. We almost always chop at the final table Ė here in Colorado, the tax laws and payouts make chopping the correct play most of the time. Yesterday, however, both myself and my opponent agreed to play it out -tax laws be damned.
When we started heads up play, I was the slight chip leader with $1.8 Million while my opponent had 1.6 Million. Very soon, however, we were dead even. We played head-ups for about 2 hours, with swings going both ways - at one point I had over $2 Million.
The only heads-up experience I get is online, usually, and being an American means I havenít played a serious heads up match for nearly 2 years now because I just donít play online due to my socialist leadership. I played my opponent well, though and never paid too much for his big hands. He played just as well though as he folded after I made a straight with
and flopped the nut flush with
I lost a big hand to him, when we had set over set. How I didnít go broke is a testament to how well I was playing my opponent as I folded the set on the river. By that point, however, I had lost a big pot and was down to about $950K.
A couple of hands later I was first to act from position with
and raised to $200K (blinds were 100K 50K, 10K ante). My opponent called.
He checks to me and I bet $125K, he calls.
We both check.
He checks and I bet $200K. He then moved all-in.
Folding leaves me less than 5 Big Blinds. I chewed on this decision for better than 5 minutes but what can I do? I knew I was beat, but couldnít explain how! I call and he shows
and his kicker played!
I was uncomfortable with heads-up play, it just felt abnormal, but really donít think I played that bad and just caught a cooler on the last hand to lose.
Iím just looking for some advice on heads-up play and practice.