re: Poker & HU: what to do when your not hitting?
I'll put my two cents in.
The are many important factors to play heads up. What I find to be the most important ones are:
First, play heads up either TAG or LAG. Being passive heads relies on your cards and less on skill. Also, if your opponent is very good you better be running hot if you trying to win playing a passive style.
Your Image dictates how you play heads up.
First lets define TAG. Playing TAG DOES NOT mean that your playing only the top 10 hands. It means that your playing a range of cards that likely going to beat your opponent. If you wait for cards heads up your going to ante yourself to second place.
Playing LAG, does not have a standard definition, but you should be raising every button, regardless of the cards. Not allowing your opponent to limp in. And all your 4 bets should be shoving or folding. (that's, just my opinion though)
Define your hand. What type of hand is this? Am I trying to get this all in so I can end this right now? If its not then its a stealing hand.
Lets get it in Hands are simple to play. You try to get your opponent in no matter what. Your 3 betting, and shoving any 3 bet. The hand ends by either him folding or all your chips in the middle going to a showdown. The play is pretty standard whether your TAG or LAG.
Since your not often going to get "get it in hands." Most of your other hands are stealing hands.
When Lag, You are trying to build your chip stack. You do this by Raising every time your the button, donk betting, C-betting, Double barreling. You also trying to 3 bet every limp pre flop when your out of position. These hands are made for building your stack up. You're trying to capitalize on your opponents fold equity.
When you play TAG, with stealing hands your're also trying to capitalize on your opponents fold equity, however you do it more riskier but for greater reward. While playing TAG your stack is going to fall, and that occasional C-bet and steal of blinds is not going to bring up your stack. Instead your using your image to your advantage. You're looking to steal by a 3 bet shove. When you 3 bet shove most of the time your opponent is folding. You will probably gain all those C-bets your opponent took from you and more. This is very different from "getting it in hands" because if your opponent calls your likely not going to be ahead. So do this with something as low as 2 over cards. You're not trying to check raise bluff, your trying to check raise semi bluff. You're going to do this with with gut shots, (preferably with over cards) Open ended draws, flush draws, Straight flush draws and the works. Most of the times your opponent folds. Lets say he calls your 3 bet shoves only 30 % of the time. That means your going to win 70% of the time by him folding. Out of those 30% you will lose on average 60% of the time and and win 40% of the time which means that you won or your opponent is most likely crippled 40% of the time. This is worth it because your never going to be so over chipped by your opponent that you have to ship A2.
The above "stealing hands" cover really almost everything about fold equity. Just know that your opponent is not likely to hit either so a raise will many times just end the pot right there.
For LAG players it just better because you can C-bet and control the pot. For TAG players, it means that you can occasionally (not often, your trying to protect your image) C-bet and you can control the pot.
I am sure there are things that I am forgetting. To be honest, most people are just awful heads up that this info should make you miles ahead from the average heads up person.
This is to be used ONLY for Tournaments played down to Heads up, Sit N' Goes played down to heads up. It MAY be useful for heads up tournaments but people who play those things most the time actually know a little something about something that a beginner is often going to get dominated.
NEVER use this strategy for heads up cash games. It has not been tested by me, or ever will be. I don't play cash games heads up. You will probably lose because the blinds are low and remain that way in relation to your buy in.
(comments, questions, or anything else. I haven''t read too much heads up strategy so I came up with this myself. I use it and I get pretty good results)
Forgive the spelling and grammar mistakes.