This is a discussion on Open Shoves HU within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I've been running into this quite frequently HU in turbo games. These players that have over 15bb's but they open shove every other hand and
I've been running into this quite frequently HU in turbo games. These players that have over 15bb's but they open shove every other hand and a lot of the times I'll call off bad with any A. How do I play against these players, should I just fold weak A's when they shove, and instead of raising the btn/sb should I just open shove instead to prevent the 3bet shove?
1st March 2013, 2:35 AM
Poker at: Carbon
Im not an expert but usually when I run into this, I begin to start shoving as well if I know the other player will fold a lot of hands. And usually its when the other player will shove 80% if i call or raise from the sb. I dont think you should call with any A, but I would shove any A plus a lot of suited connectors. If your opponent is going to shove when you call or raise, you would rather just shove a suited connector but thats just me.
1st March 2013, 3:20 AM
Online Poker at: Winning
On whether you should call with an Ace... if their shoving range is ridiculously wide (like 50%+), and you're really deepstacked on them (meaning you could call 5+ of their shoves), I would say go for it. A2s has +EV against something like 70% of hands, and A2o has +EV against 45% of hands. And in HU your range should include -EV hands because you're blinded every time so it's just not profitable to wait for a winning hand -- you'll get blinded out for whatever you win and then some.
1st March 2013, 3:36 AM
Poker at: Any US
He wasn't shoving every single hand, I imagine he was folding most of his rags like 93o etc. But it was over 50% probably closer to 75% counting the reshoves on my steals. I guess it was entirely possible to be on a huge heater but I really didn't get any hands that play well vs a shove.
HU we started 18k to 8k blinds 300/600 but this strategy allowed him to chip up where we were virtually even when I finally got a hand decent enough to call and I was behind.
1st March 2013, 10:06 AM
Online Poker at: Pokerstars.
re: Poker & Open Shoves HU
Being aggressive in HU is the only way.And I think in turbo games shoving seems to be the preffered option in most situations.