Heads Up Article

In an effort to play more online poker, I have been searching this site for different games that I might want to play. While I have been a fan of poker for years, my experience with online poker is relatively new, so it is exciting to explore the virtual poker room.

My new favorite game is heads up. This site has a great section for heads up poker action, and it really has made my game better.

It was completely by accident how I found it. I was searching for a sit-and-go tournament to play in and saw it in the menu choices. When I began to play it, I was hooked immediately.

I have always been a fan of heads up play and enjoy watching the final two players when a tournament is on television. Sometimes I will skip the telecast until the last 15 minutes just to watch the two players go at it.

There is definitely a different psychology that is employed when playing heads up. Watch Todd Brunson, who is considered the best heads up player in poker right now, and how he acts when it is just him and another player.

One of the reasons I like the game is the pace. It is constantly moving. I don't have much patience for people who slow play all the time. Once in a while is fine, but you have seen the type who takes forever to make every decision, even if it is 7-2 off-suit.

In heads up the game is always in action. Another thing I like about WagerWeb poker is the software is faster than most. The cards get dealt quicker than other online games I have played in the past.

The game certainly has a rhythm to it, and it is within that rhythm that you are trying to read your opponent. One of the reasons I like playing fast is that sometimes it doesn't allow for your opponent to think too much, and they might make a mistake that works in your favor.

A perfect example of this was a match I was playing the other day. I had junk in my hand, and was the small blind. I didn't have any cards and was totally out of position. I realistically shouldn't have been playing, and if I was in a full table game I would have absolutely folded.

I called the big blind and when he didn't raise, knew he was just along for the ride. When the flop came up J, 4, 9, I bet a small amount, which he called. I figured he either had a 9 or was trying to fish for a straight. When the turn came up an ace, I bet it hard and he folded.

Now, even if he had a jack, he thought I had an ace and didn't want to spend any more chips to find out. If the play was a bit slower, though, he would have known I didn't have anything because I just called the blind and made such a small bet on the turn. It is true he might have thought I was slow playing, but I hadn't done anything up to that point to indicate that.

When I play heads up I try and pick my spots to attack. It is best to let the game ebb and flow for a while unless you have a monster hand. If you haven't played it, give it a try and I think you will be just as big a fan of it as I am.

John Reger
Author Bio: John Reger has been playing poker for more than 20 years in card clubs and casinos all over the world and has been playing online for five years. He lives in Southern California and works as a freelance writer covering sports, travel and entertainment.

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