Improve your odds in heads up Sit’n Goes

Heads-up sit ‘n go are not for beginners, although even rookies are advised to check out this type of game before playing in regular tournaments. The reason for why it is important not to neglect it, is that eventually you will have to play heads-up with your opponents if you are successful in either sit and goes or tournaments. Since nothing prepares you better for this type of confrontation than a heads-up sit ‘n go, it is recommended to play a couple of games at lower stakes just to get familiar with the atmosphere.

Theory should go hand-in-hand with practice, and especially for those who don’t have a substantial bankroll and can’t afford to spend a lot of money in heads-up tournaments, these guidelines should come in handy. For starters, keep in mind that you need to employ a positional game and play aggressively on all the streets, including pre-flop. The odds for premium hands to be dealt to your opponent are slim, and you can’t afford to wait to receive such cards either.

In most heads-up, both sit ‘n goes and cash games, the player who takes the initiative early is the one that wins more pots. Granted it is possible to wait for your opponent to make a move against you when you hold premium hands, the strategy is extremely risky because strong cards might be dealt to you too late. Suited connectors, high cards and small pockets are a godsend in this type of game and you need to play them aggressively regardless of position.

Stealing blinds is not the number one priority, especially in the first stages of a heads-up sit ‘n go but as the blinds go up, you can’t afford to concede too many of them. Don’t let your pre-flop strategy blind you, and make sure that your actions are not erratic but based on a post-flop game plan. In most sit and goes, players have the luxury of analyzing their opponents and act based on their image, because the blinds grow slowly and the final stages are the most intense once.

In heads-up sit ‘n goes, it is still important to tailor your strategy based on how your opponent plays, but you have less time to figure out who you are pit against. One of the mistakes committed by beginners is to dwell on their initial success, disregarding the fact that unless one player got pot committed early game, blind stealing doesn’t amount for substantial payouts. In mid-game the runner up can easily offset the handicap by winning one large pot, so even if you are ahead, don’t underestimate your opponent.

How to use and react to 4-bets

If you thought that it is very difficult to employ a 3-bet and react to it efficiently, you will surely find it downright crushing to learn how to properly use the 4-bets. These are basically the more aggressive version of the 3-bets because players are expected to reraise once again. Unless you are playing at a full ring table, there is a good chance to have more than half of your opponents involved in the hand. This is of course a very risky and stressful experience.

It goes without saying that short stackers don’t need to bother themselves with the intricacies of 4-bets because if they were to actually make this kind of bets, it would always be the same as going all in. For the deep stacks on the other hand, it is of paramount importance to know how to handle the 4-bets and how to avoid becoming pot committed when your whole cards are not strong enough. There is very little room for maneuver if when you decide to make this type of aggressive move, and there are only two possible outcomes worth taking into consideration.

In an overwhelming majority of cases, the 4-bet is going to see at least two players going all in, especially if it occurs on the flop or turn. The reason for why this happens is that the pot is already fairly large and when 4-bets come into play some of your opponents will become pot committed. Given the fact that they were aggressive enough to make a bet before you, you should accept the possibility for them to either reraise you or go all in right away. Knowing this, it is not recommended to make semi-Bluffs, because you don’t want to find yourself in the awkward position of waiting for a loan card to save the day.

In order to understand what a healthy 4-bet-range is, players should know that the most common values are ranging between one and 4%. For values that revolve around 0%, it is worth pushing for value because if you are dealing with loose players they are very likely to employ the same strategy as they would for 3-bets. Players need to take a step back every now and then and take a look at the big picture, because the stats themselves are not sufficient to make the right choice.