Heads up in MTT tournament HOW it's PLAY ?

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You get into final table. Played well and now, you are head's up against good aggressive player. Your stacks 75/25 (opponent has more chips)

So, question is: how we need to play in this case?
My thoughts:
All-in push with King and Ace high or 55+ (otherwise blinds will kill me if I starts play this hand than push)
 
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In that situation, when I only have 1/4 the chips in play, I just jam every hand.

Villain can call with a lot of hands and I'm usually in a 60-40 situations, which isn't that bad at all. If villain has a pair, hopefully I have overs or 1 over/1 under. In either case, it's 50-50 or 70-30 and I'm happy to take those odds. Worst case scenario is villain has over pair or a better kicker like AK vs A5, but even then I still have a 20% to beat them. This, of course, is if villain is willing to call off with a lot of hands. If not, repeat jamming can easily chip away at their stack until we're even.

And if I lose, I'm happy with 2nd. There's no way I'm going to wait around for a hand, so I'm happy to make moves on my opponent quickly to apply maximum pressure. On top of that, what have I got to lose? I'm already behind and pretty much have 2nd locked up.
 
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1/4 of the chips is plenty, just one big hand and you are even.

The blinds are never a problem when the final two start to play. This is because their stacks get boosted substantially when 3-5 are knocked out. Blinds can become a problem, but not until many, many hands have been played. Two-handed play is fast, so you play a lot hands before the blinds increase.

Practice two-handed play and you'll easily beat those that dont.
 
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In that situation, when I only have 1/4 the chips in play, I just jam every hand.

I would never do this ^

First off it depends on how deep 'effective stacks' are.
Secondly 'we play poker' (a.k.a. we try to exploit villain's tendancies &/or weaknesses).
In order to do this, we learn how to play poker. ez game!

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In that situation, when I only have 1/4 the chips in play, I just jam every hand.

Villain can call with a lot of hands and I'm usually in a 60-40 situations, which isn't that bad at all. If villain has a pair, hopefully I have overs or 1 over/1 under. In either case, it's 50-50 or 70-30 and I'm happy to take those odds. Worst case scenario is villain has over pair or a better kicker like AK vs A5, but even then I still have a 20% to beat them. This, of course, is if villain is willing to call off with a lot of hands. If not, repeat jamming can easily chip away at their stack until we're even.

And if I lose, I'm happy with 2nd. There's no way I'm going to wait around for a hand, so I'm happy to make moves on my opponent quickly to apply maximum pressure. On top of that, what have I got to lose? I'm already behind and pretty much have 2nd locked up.


Or we could outplay villain & just win.
 
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Or we could outplay villain & just win.
That's true. However, constant jamming puts a ton of pressure on the villain and if they call light, the risk doubling me up and I can adjust my stat if that happens. So, there's a chance they tighten up instead of taking that risks and I pick up a lot of chips in the process.

If I am called, I'm usually not that bad of a spot. However, if I just limp or standard raise, or even wait for good hands, I either chip myself away or I open the door to let opponent apply max pressure on me, which is not what I want. At the same time, I can call shoves much lighter.

This strategy is only if we're at a significant chip deficit and blinds are high. Once we build a stack or get near even, strategy changes.
 
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Good advice from Philthy. There is no sense waiting around to get good hands.
 
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Agreed Philthy, Heads up play can go from short stack to big stack in any hand with any cards. I would be fold/shoving limp/shoving big hands.
 
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In that situation, when I only have 1/4 the chips in play, I just jam every hand.

Villain can call with a lot of hands and I'm usually in a 60-40 situations, which isn't that bad at all. If villain has a pair, hopefully I have overs or 1 over/1 under. In either case, it's 50-50 or 70-30 and I'm happy to take those odds. Worst case scenario is villain has over pair or a better kicker like AK vs A5, but even then I still have a 20% to beat them. This, of course, is if villain is willing to call off with a lot of hands. If not, repeat jamming can easily chip away at their stack until we're even.

And if I lose, I'm happy with 2nd. There's no way I'm going to wait around for a hand, so I'm happy to make moves on my opponent quickly to apply maximum pressure. On top of that, what have I got to lose? I'm already behind and pretty much have 2nd locked up.

Nice quote about maximum pressure.
As I had time to notice, my opponents wants to play every hand no matter how strong. Several times my all-in were bitten down against 54o and J3o was hurt...but 2nd place was pretty good.
 
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aggressive play speculative hands and weak hands and expect decisions does the chip leader
 
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Have to get a share of the pot. I suppose at this juncture, pot is so important and huge.

If opponent is aggressive, must mutate also to be one just to have a share of the pot.

Dont allow him to bully you until the end.
 
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Have to get a share of the pot. I suppose at this juncture, pot is so important and huge.

If opponent is aggressive, must mutate also to be one just to have a share of the pot.

Dont allow him to bully you until the end.

One time I had opponent who has 1/3 of all chips in heads up with against me.
And I bit him. What I notice?
Firstly he played very aggressive, pushed all the times. And when I doubled up 2 times he began play more tight with more afraid =)
Secondly after my doubles ( I was double up after long waiting for strong enough hand) cards started come to me.
Thirdly I was lucky, opponents change his hands range (change strategy, stop pushed)
 
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In that situation i usually play agressive, Ax or Kx all in all the way waiting to win one coinflip and then when the stacks are almost the same 50%50% ill wait for good spots.
 
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When I am small Stack. I try to see the flop cheap and if I connect I strong bet, Just go all in with 99+.
When I'm Big Stack I Raise Preflop regularly, won his Blind or I get information of your hand if he Calls or Reraise.
When I finish 2th is it against a very nice hand.
 
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I like to keep the pressure on. B. E. B. E. Aggressive.
 
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