When you are learning to play poker, it is necessary to train yourself in heads-up poker play. The strategy followed in heads-up games especially in No-limit Texas Hold’em Poker is Loose-Aggressive. Players cannot follow a tight-aggressive playing style as their money is invested in every pot. There would be times when you would have to play tight aggressive against other opponents but you can only dominate through loose aggressive play in heads-up in the poker game. Besides giving weightage to the cards you are holding, you should concentrate more on balancing your bankroll and identifying the opponent’s play to play better.
If you are on the button, just limp with any two-hole cards. This provides you with an opportunity to take a position after the flop which helps you to get an edge over your opponents using weak cards. Further, you can raise 3x-5x the blinds with hole cards ranging from 78s, Q9s, to AA. And, if you have a weak hand, raise confidently in order to make your opponent fold during the pre-flop. In the big blind position, make small raises but only if holding suited cards or better. As you are out of position, you should play tight if your opponent raises a big amount.
On the flop, you have a chance to steal money if you already know your opponent’s playing style. Moreover, you can try making probe bets to figure out if the flop favoured your opponent. You can make your opponent fold easily in the case dealt a bottom pair or a weak draw by making a raise. If you have a weaker hand, and your opponent makes a raise, then it’s better to fold the hand. On the contrary, if you are holding a strong hand, just bet and re-raise.
Here the gameplay gets tough. If your raise was called, then it’s better to check and fold the hands if your opponents re-raise. If you are holding a medium hand, and your opponent continues to raise after betting on pre-flop and flop, then it’s time for you to fold the cards. If you are in position, make a continuation bet as there is a possibility that your opponent will fold the turn. And, you should not check or your opponent will raise you.
Though the last, this is the toughest street to cross as thereafter awaits the showdown. If the strength of your hand is medium, and your opponent is making frequent big bets, then it’s better to fold the hand. But your opponent is making small bets, then you should call him. And in case you miss the draw and your opponent checks, you can re-raise to keep your opponent guessing about the strength of your hole cards.