Heads up part 3
Ok, now this is how you want to be in a heads-up situation, chip leader by miles! Lets say you have 11000 chips, and your opponent has just 2500 chips. How to kill the little bugger off?
Well there is one word you need to know......bully.
You (once again) need to force difficult decisions on your opponent, so fold your crap hands, and raise him all-in with any decent hands (such as face cards with good/medium kickers, ie King-9(also suited connectors such as 8 and 7 diamonds)). When you do this, he can either call you and the five board cards all come out, or he can fold and give you the blinds (in which case you will be further ahead). Remember he can't re-raise you once you have raised him all-in!
Two things to be wary of. First if he decides to go all-in before you act, reconsider your decision and think about whether your hand is good enough to call with, there is no shame in folding.
The other thing is luck (again!!) when you raise him all-in with your King-9 lets say, and he calls you with Queen-7. The board can favour him, and come out 5h, 7d, 2s, Js, Ah, in which case he has paired his 7 and he will double his money to 5000. Don't worry too much about it, keep aggressive and some luck will eventually come your way. You have to remember that most of the time you and your opponents hands will be rubbish anyway.
Almost forgot this bit! Speaking of luck, take one of my recent sit-and go tournaments. My very first starting hand was Ace-Ace, which is the best starting hand you can get. I raise to $400, one person calls. The flop comes out 3s, Jd, Ac. Woohoo three of a kind aces! So I check to my opponent, disguising my strong hand. To my surprise, and delight, he goes all-in! What could he have? I have the strongest hand possible at the time! I call his all-in and our cards are revealed. He has Ace-6 both diamonds. So he has paired his ace, but it's completely dominated by my trip Aces. The last two cards are dealt; Qd, 9d. My first reaction is good, those cards don't mean a thing, but what I did notice is that they were both diamonds, as were his cards, and so was the Jack in the flop. Oh no! He wins with an Ace-high flush! Running diamonds and he wins, disaster. So I finish the SnG in 9th, the lowest position. That sort of thing will happen to you sometimes. You can blame yourself sometimes, but when there isn't even a flush draw (when you need just one more card of a certain suit to get your flush), there is nothing you can do!
Next week, a short guide to starting hands and position!
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