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Heads-Up Poker Strategy

A lot of the online poker rooms today allow players to compete in heads-up tournaments which are where players compete against one other player. The winner of the tournament receives the prize pool and they are generally the quickest type of tournament to play which is just one of the reasons why so many people play heads-up poker. Below I’m going to share some strategy which will help you when you’re playing heads-up.

One of the most important things you need to do when you’re playing heads-up poker is always remain aggressive. If you allow your opponent to walk all over you then you’re going to lose more then you’re going to win when it comes to playing heads-up. The quality of your hand isn’t that important when you’re playing and it’s more important that you play your opponent.

Stealing pots and bluffing in heads-up poker is important and it typically happens about 50-60% of the hands that are played. Normally both opponents won’t hit anything and the first player to bet will generally take down the pot. You want to make sure that you take down these pots that are up for grabs like this.

I would recommend playing in regular heads-up tournaments rather then turbo tournaments because I find in turbo tournaments it becomes luck a lot of the time. The blinds become so big that both players end up all-in until someone wins. In some poker rooms you’ll notice the second best hand win quite a bit as well and this makes playing in turbo tournaments unprofitable.

Often a pair in heads-up action is going to be a good enough hand to win the pot unless the board is live and has four cards of the same suit or four consecutive cards. You won’t often find players hitting flushes or three card straights when you play heads-up. If you hit the top pair then make sure you aren’t scared out of the pot easily and you hold your ground.

Heads-up poker can be really profitable for players who can adapt to different playing styles. It’s also important that you can read your opponents and that you don’t let your emotions take the better of you if you lose. Going on tilt when you play heads-up poker can cost you a lot of money in a quick period of time.

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