re: Poker & HU SNGs
Originally Posted by rssurfer54
One thing i like to do if i do get shortstacked is to push my next hand, especially against tighter opponets (if i think my opponent will fold without strong cards). Doing this will make many opponents open up their calling range overall, so when you do have a legitimate hand, they make the call, and you are right back in it. Any one else do this/think it works? I have been doing it but im not sure if its really a great idea.
The fact that you have a plan and are thinking about what the opponent thinks you might be thinking is all good stuff. By setting a long trap - ie you are not interested in this hand so much as the next - you can claw yourself back from your lowly position.
That said, there are dangers to getting very aggressive when you have just taken a beating. I see a lot of players going stupid with air if they have just lost a big pot, especially to a bad beat or a failed bluff. Consequently, if I reckon they are tilting and they open shove I think about calling with a wider range than usual. So use this tactic selectively, ie against an opponent who won't call.
On the subject of long traps, one of my favourites is to raise all in from the BB to a limp or minraise with a strongish hand. Assuming you get the fold, do it again if you get a decent hand the next BB, and the next. The villain will figure that you have sussed how to steal from them, but you aren't that interested in those steals (nice though they are) but you want them to call the fourth time with their KTo when you show AKs. You obviously need the cards to get this to work, but when it does it is sweet - if you don't get the cards on the 3rd or 4th BB then at least you have stolen some chips and upset their limping/minraise game.