HU question

    • todamach
      todamach
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.09.2010 Posts: 17
      If HU both players have about same ammount, and blinds are not so big compared to stacks, for example if both players have 28bb and are HU, how i should play? according to sage - push or fold, or play like in middle stage?
  • 3 replies
    • lennonac
      lennonac
      Global
      Joined: 02.05.2009 Posts: 1,421
      You should learn some headsup strategy, there are a few videos on here which will help you out
    • pzhon
      pzhon
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.06.2010 Posts: 1,151
      As the stacks get deeper, you can't push very often from the small blind. That means you often have to fold the small blind, and against a good opponent you recover less and less of the small blind. The problem is that the big blind has position on you preflop, and the advantage of position grows as the stacks get deeper.

      Instead, you should be making smaller raises, such as to 2-3 bb. You have position postflop, so it is difficult to call. If you make smaller raises, then you can raise a wider range than if you had to play push/fold. You do have to be prepared to play postflop because people will defend by calling, and you also need to determine which hands you will play if you are reraised.

      By the way, the Sage system is just an approximation for live play. If you play online, just use a more accurate Nash equilibrium chart like this one. After a while, you will be used to common decisions and you won't need to use Sage at all.
    • 8979687
      8979687
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.11.2008 Posts: 2,225
      When the stacks are deep I find ANY reads can be crucial and even tip the balance.

      Focus on your opponents playing style and in alot of cases your opponents failing to adapt to HU.

      Alot of fish have no idea what to do when they get heads up with a stack and will hand it over to you
      in chunks at a time followed by suddenly being too passive for example.

      If you keep an eye on what they are doing you can adapt to your opponent within a few hands and when
      they fail to see this that is all it takes alot of the time.