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Old 12-21-2005, 01:11 AM
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I am comfortable playing high stakes no limit shorthanded, but when it comes to heads up, I suck.

I do play it sometimes. I was recently playing an aggressive player heads up, who raised often preflop, and played well postflop. He was raising almost everytime I limped in the small blind (blinds backwards) about 80% if the time. I felt like he was raising me with pretty much anything. I didn't think it seemed right that I should be folding the probable best hands (small blind out of position or not) too frequently. I wasn't sure what to do, but I started raising with any hand I was going to play in the Small Blind (for a little bit). K 3 offsuit, A x, J Q. I didn't like limping and calling with K 3 offsuit and since I thought he would raise anyways, I went ahead and raised (good bad?).
That kind of sucked though because I was raising a lot of pots with crap hands. I was bluffing at a lot of pots after the flop (if I raised pre).

What should I be limping with in the SB? Raising with? I hate limp folding but should I do it a lot against this type of style?
He was also raising out of the small blind probably 50% of the time. So what might you like to call / fold with in position?

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Old 12-21-2005, 03:10 AM
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Hi nosellout,

I'm not going to outline a whole pf strategy for you in terms of specific hands, but here are some ideas:

Don't limp-fold hands from the SB when the blinds are "wrong" as they say. Limp-reraise with very good hands. Limp re-raise occasionally with "bust'em" hands like 33 or 75s. Fold almost everything, though, if the guy is raising 80% of the BB/button when you limp. Don't come in raising with hands like K3o that are "too good to fold", but not actually good. Fold them. If you fold everything that's marginal there, he'll respect your occasional raise. So, raise from there with trash as a pure steal once in a while.

Raise him and reraise him liberally from the BB/button. Basically, this structure sucks so bad because the balance of power is too heavily tipped toward the button when they get to act last on every round, including the 1st round. That's why it's supposed to be turned around. The result is that 2 players playing well will not get much of a game, because there should be tons and tons of folding by the out of position SB. Though it's generally a good situation to play HU vs. someone you're a little better than, that's not really true in this format. I don't usually bother unless they're quite a lot worse than me if the BB is on the button.
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:20 AM
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to just add something to this, (about game structure) there are many ways people play poorly. One way however which is very evident HU is not adapting to blind play... Normally someone who folds too much is a great opponent. With blinds reversed, a great opponent is one who looks to play large pots out of position. (Raising BB/button every time)

Not much added, pretty much this:
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Basically, this structure sucks so bad because the balance of power is too heavily tipped toward the button when they get to act last on every round, including the 1st round. That's why it's supposed to be turned around. The result is that 2 players playing well will not get much of a game, because there should be tons and tons of folding by the out of position SB.

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is dead on
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:44 AM
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With blinds reversed, a great opponent is one who looks to play large pots out of position. (Raising BB/button every time)


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huh?
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:56 AM
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With blinds reversed, a great opponent is one who looks to play large pots out of position. (Raising BB/button every time)


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huh?

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maybe my wording is groggy. a great opponent [that you want to play, they are bad, not great meaning good] is one who is constantly raising
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Old 12-21-2005, 06:04 PM
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who was the opponent im curious?
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:07 PM
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hi fsuplayer i do not remember his name.
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:22 PM
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Good post. The key is to reraise very liberally from the button.

I sometimes start a heads up match reraising every hand from the button. You want your opponent to feel like you are running him over, then they will typically be easy to beat (make obvious bluffs, call down very light).

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