Trikkur 19 – 200 NL Cake Poker HU

by trikkur

This is my first heads up video for PokerTrikz and people really enjoyed it. Heads up is not my primary game, but I played it from time to time. The first thing to realize is you are going to play way more hands than normal. Generally you will play 50-80% of your hands on the button and about 20% of your hands from out of position. Because you are playing so many more hands preflop, you will of course get into a lot more post flop situations. You are going to get it all in with a much wider range of hands in a heads up game, which makes hand reading very crucial. It is a very exciting format though, so action junkies will love it. You will even see me pull off an overbet bluff shove in this very video!

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Interesting Hands

10:05 with – I raise on the button, get min 3-bet and then 4-bet my opponent. I put in a 4-bet and my opponent snap calls. The flop comes and my opponent leads $33 into a $65 pot. I decide to shove all in to maximize my fold equity against something like a mid pocket pair. I figured that the dead money in the pot made it worthwhile to semi-bluff in this spot with a hand that likely has 6 outs if called.

I think the shove might be a little ambitious after rewatching this video however. After seeing how fast my opponent called the 4-bet and then leads into me, I think he is pretty much screaming to me what his hand is. I didn’t remember playing this hand, but I was positive that the opponent had something like 99-JJ here and is probably never going to fold the hand. While I don’t really like it, I believe folding is probably correct here. I just don’t see this opponent folding enough times to make the ~20-25% equity I have when called worthwhile.

Something that I forgot to mention in the video, but was a very important reason behind my turn shove is the ability to protect my hands like AA/KK/QQ here. If I had any of those hands, I would want to play them the same way that I played this AQ hand. I would have 4-bet preflop and wanted to get all the money in on this flop. However, you will become very exploitable if you only play your best hands this way. This means that mixing in a semi-bluff with an AQ/AK type hand in this spot is worthwhile some percentage of the time.

23:40 with – I raise preflop with a marginal hand on the button and get called. The flop is a super dry and my opponent donk bets into me. I’ve mentioned in a few other videos, but I like to raise donk bets on the flop because they are usually weaker hands trying to “feel out” where they are in the pot and you can get a lot of folds. I say this because most players would normally check/raise with a strong hand because they know you are likely to make a continuation bet. However, my opponent calls and the turn pairs the board with the . My opponent checks to me and I check behind. The river is the and my opponent checks to me. The pot has $65 and my opponent has $167 left. I realize there is a good spot for a bluff here because my opponent will never check the turn AND river with a Jack. I think it is likely he has some sort of middle pair and he might call if I bet only 65-90% pot. I make an overbet bluff shove and bet $170 knowing that he can’t make a hero call with 88 in this spot so early in the match.

37:50 with – I defend in the big blind with the suited gapper. Flop is and my opponent continuation bets into me. I decide that I’m going to check/call the flop and check/raise most turns. This is generally a very strong play and normally done with the nuts, which is why I wanted to do it as a semi-bluff with my decent flush draw. However, I think that a flop check/raise is probably better. This takes the lead earlier in the hand, but doesn’t show as much strength as the turn check/raise. Either of these situations leaves us vulnerable to a 3-bet shove, which is why being out of position sucks.

Hit and Run

After my opponent doubles up against me, he immediately sits out and leaves the table. There are different thought processes on this, but I personally believe it is a very scummy thing to do. Not only is it shady because you are taking the money off the table immediately, but it doesn’t make much sense from a profit standpoint either. While it may feel nice to book a buy-in as a win, you are probably leaving a lot of potential profit on the table. If you feel like your opponent is worse than you, then why are you stopping after just one buy-in win? If you feel like your opponent is better than you, then why did you wait so long to leave the table? There were players notorious for this in 2010-2011 and a few poker rooms added rules against repeatedly doing it. Hit and running is not cool people, don’t do it on purpose.

Hit and Run

This would solve the problem of people hit and running.

The only time I think this strategy makes sense, is in the “reverse hit and run” that Phil Ivey frequently used at the super high stakes heads up games at Full Tilt Poker. Whenever he would lose one buy-in, he would immediately sit out and end the session. Whenever he would win, he would keep playing for an entire session unless he ever ended up -1 buy in again. This let him book very large wins, but never large losses. He didn’t always stick to this plan though and I can point out a few obvious faults, but it sounds like a good way to avoid large tilt losses against the best players in the world at the highest stakes.

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