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Heads up is my hell :(

    • noz03
      Joined: 07.03.2012 Posts: 129
      I dont know why but I keep going out on the heads up! Seriously going crazy, in fact right now i am playing sngs where the top 3 players all get the same prize just to avoid this stupid stage where i always loose. Does any know any good articles or videos that might be able to help me? I usually play around 1-2 dollar 6 handed tables, and i get into the money around 80% but just mess it up in the final 2, or sometimes final 3 also.

      Thanks for any help at all!
  • 3 replies
    • Gavron23
      Joined: 26.05.2010 Posts: 2,863
      Pokestrategy has some good content in the video section but you will need status for that.
      As for articles I will recommend the book about HU play by Colin Moshman and Mersenneary's ebook.
    • noz03
      Joined: 07.03.2012 Posts: 129
      Yeah, right now I am not in my home country so can not play on the titan site or so on but there are a lot of status free vids out there also. And I think they need one for headsup as both the sng video series dont really cover it.

      What Id MOST like to see is a session review or something similar showing an actual heads-up and explaining the actions, ive read a few articles but havent really helped me. If I follow them too much I get snubbed out, Ive tried other styles of my own also and still go out usually slowly but truely grinded down.
    • kurrkabin
      Joined: 12.10.2010 Posts: 5,976
      Hi, noz03

      As Gavron23 already mentioned, we have some very valuable content that will be very helpful once you achieve the needed status. Reading Moshman's and Mersenneary's book will be also helpful!

      As for HU advices ( although it depends on stack sizes, type of opponent, previous history etc) my approach will be the this:

      If deep enough for postflop play, say 13 BB eff.+ I will go small ball vs the fishy players as we want to play many pots with them IP. I will min raise a wide range on the BTN(SB), mixing it up with limping some hands if they tend to be stations.They will make many mistakes postflop, so I want to take advantage of it. But still-if you opponents tend to be loose passive, pushing hands like low pockets or low Aces for about 13-15bb is still my preferred option as these hands are most likely to be the best preflop, but their playability is reduced postflop.

      As for push/fold game, say (10 eff. BB or less) I will usually push a wider range than nash(even any 2 cards will be usually good unless they start adjusting) and tend to call an all in tighter than nash (as fish is passive in general, so I guess they won't be pushing as loose as a reg will). Also, fish tends to raise/call a lot! So my re-steal range will be tighter.

      Vs a reg, I will minraise IP a lot. Also my re-steal range will be much wider as a good player will have a loose range on the BTN and a bigger gap between his raise/calling range, therefore we can re-steal more hands profitably.

      To narrow this range, I will suggest re-stealing for <20bb eff. with 22+, Ax+, any broadway, mid-high suited connectors, some mid-suited kings etc. Loosen up or tighten up depending on his tendencies.

      When in push/fold mode, try to play close to unexploitable strategy such as nash. This way you know the solid reg is is not gaining edge on you.

      Also, you should definitely take advantage of our hand evaluation forums imo! This has helped me and many other players big! Our hand judges will be more than happy to help you out. I will post a link to the <5$ SnG Evaluation Forum: