Head's Up Tips (One-on-one Poker)
Tip 1: The chances for big hands are minimal. If you are playing heads-up their are only two players in the game, because of this- the chances for big hands are reduced dramatically.
Tip 2: More often then not, the pre-flop value of an ace is a lot higher. Even with a weak kicker. Players that haven't played a lot of heads-up usually fail to understand this. The reason here is, many times both players don't even connect with the cards- thus Ace high wins.
Tip 3: Pocket pairs have a much higher percentage to win. They have a 1 in 8 chance to connect three of a kind, and on top of that there can be a good chance that the other player doesn't even connect with their cards.
Tip 4: Aggression: Head's up should be played much more aggressively than a regular game with 6-8 players. More often than not, the other player will be folding with a high-card raise. If they hit the flop, then they will call and re-raise. It becomes much easier to see what the other player may be holding.
Tip 5: Hand Selection: Hand Selection is crucial in a heads-up game. Even if you are small blind, you should be folding a lot- dump those trash hands. If you are the big blind, quite often a pre-flop raise will take the hand down. Especially if you are playing in a tournament game with the blinds continually rising.
Tip 6: Reads: In a heads-up game, you should be getting a better read on your opponent and using this to your advantage. A good person to watch, if you want to improve your poker reads check out this video with poker pro Daniel Negreanu or if you would like to check him out in action.
Tip 7: Position: Position is a key factor to your success in a head-up match. You should be putting out a lot of value bets when being checked to, raise pre-flop when you have the right cards and also use some slow play in your game. Remember: the small blind has the power of aggression, the dealer has the power of safety.