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StrategyFixed Limit

Introduction to Heads-up


In this article we will cover...
  • The differences to 6max
  • Ranges & Lines & Structure
  • Advanced levels of play

There are many players who consider Fixed Limit Heads-up to be the highest form of poker. No where else will you find such wide ranges, looser call-downs or more bluffs.

For the untrained eye, FL HU may seem like a game of random calls and raises. The truth, however, is that it is a complex game that doesn't only revolve around bluffing and re-bluffing. Just like the other variations, it remains a game of poker with its own unique characteristics. To play successfully you will have to master these new aspects and adapt your game accordingly.

FL HU is a dynamic game. You will have to learn to spot your opponent's weak spots and exploit them to gain an advantage. This is difficult for many players who are new to heads-up games, since they often have difficulty getting away from their old habits of multi-tabling, using charts and making standard moves.

Low Limit ring games, even short-handed ring games, can be played profitably by carefully choosing your starting hands and playing solid poker after the flop. Players who multi-table usually make their reads based on an opponent's stats rather than his play.

Knowing your opponent's stats alone won't get you far in heads-up; what counts is giving the game your undivided attention. Study your opponent's play, analyze his actions and adapt according to his playing.

If you're up against a poor player you can win by letting him play his normal TAG-ABC style, as he won't be able to use it to his advantage. If you find yourself up against a better player, however, you will get into trouble if you can't adjust your game.

This article will introduce to the general concepts you will need to understand to play heads-up successfully.


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Comments (2)

#1 datsmahname, 05 Jun 11 05:37

At this stage of the game it seems really common for people to play HU LHE SNGs because the rake is too high in the micro/small stakes cash games.

You can also gain a lot of experience at a low cost with the SNGs. Matches usually play out after 100 hands +/-40.

I'm wondering if this intro to HU would benefit from including something about playing HU SNGs, specifically discussing proper adjustments for short stack Limit Holdem play.

#2 datsmahname, 11 Nov 11 08:26

A lot of parts of this article encourage the reader to do certain things... but they make only a passing mention about how to do those things.

Is there a step-by-step way to adjust our turn calling range with weak SD value based on our opponents preflop raising range and turn c-betting frequency?

The blinds increase to a 2/3 structure when the bread becomes stale, but then our opponent starts to defend a lot. He may or may not be folding to much postflop. If a unicorn smiles twice then he folds to much. The unicorn is smiling and may smile again, but we don't know if the bread is stale.

Q: What is your PFR?