Heads Up Poker Strategy

If you've noticed that your opponent likes to steal, and you have seen him or her raise several times from the big-blind after you've limped from the small-blind, then you have to adjust your play. Most of them can tell you why they're the two lowest cards you can be dealt without the ability to make a straight. Write a customer review. It expanded to as much as about 8: With more than a 7: Find the highest possible poker bonus here. Close and visit page.

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Bonomo drew fellow High Roller David Peters and told us after Day 2 that having to face against such a tough opponent, one that he is very familiar with, helped him to focus immediately. Bonomo scored the victory to earn a spot in the official bracket of 64 players where he faced off against David Laka. Bonomo flopped a pair with a flush draw, turned the flush, and Laka went all in after the river with just top pair.

Bonomo called and won the match, earning a spot in the Round of There he faced fellow High Roller Jake Schindler. A long match wasn't in the cards, though, as Bonomo decimated Schindler's stack on the first hand. Bonomo flopped a set, rivered a full house, and had his hefty river bet paid off before closing it out two hands later to lock up a seat in the Round of 16 the following day. Fellow bracelet winner Niall Farrell awaited him there, with the winner being guaranteed a min-cash.

Despite it being early in the match with fairly even stacks, Farrell four-bet shoved for about 96 big blinds holding pocket threes and ran into Bonomo's pocket kings. No help came for Farrell, and Bonomo was the first to make the Round of 8. Mark McGovern was his opponent there and Bonomo held control for the majority of the match. With more than a 7: McGovern flopped a flush draw to go along with his better hand, but Bonomo spiked a four-out turn to pull ahead.

He maintained his lead through the river, and Bonomo was off to the semifinals the next day. Martijn Gerrits and Bonomo played a fantastic match in the semifinals — one that lasted 93 hands. It was a back-and-forth battle for a while until Gerrits scored a significant double to take a sizable lead. It expanded to as much as about 8: Now he had to wait for the other semifinals match to play out, and it only took 18 hands for Jason McConnon to defeat Juan Pardo Dominguez to set the championship match.

McConnon held the lead after six hands, but after Bonomo seized it on Hand 7 he never relinquished it. He steadily chipped McConnon down until the chips went in on Hand Down more than 7: Definitely not someone that you want to face in a heads-up tournament. I had four second-place finishes at that time without a first-place finish. I just hope it continues. There are no signs of Bonomo cooling off yet, and that's a scary thought for the rest of the poker community. Keep your browser locked to PokerNews.

McConnon raised to , from the button, Bonomo reraised all in with the covering stack from the big blind, and McConnon called all in for , with. The play at small blinds was atrocious at these levels, GTO - "Game Theory Optimum", has been worked out in great detail; other books go into this.

However the psychology, in general at all blind levels , was interesting. I was surprised the effect of a hand being televised was not more discussed, as it seemed clear to me that this had an impact on the play. I've read more of the book now, and my overall impression is the same. I was very generous giving it 5 stars, but I'm sure I was motivated by the price; and it is entertaining.

But my goodness, how bad the short-stack play is! And both authors are absolutely clueless about this. There's a hand where Vanessa had QT with stack size of only 9 blinds, which is a no-brainer push, but she makes the comment that "My Q isn't quite strong enough to ship here Anyone who is serious about playing heads-up should have this stuff down cold. At lower stack sizes, Math dominates. I can only guess that her opponents some of whom I'm sure know the math, like Phil Ivey and Paul Wasicka were purposely playing too tight so as not to wake Vanessa up, content to take an equity edge in not playing as badly as she was.

And Annie's play is way too tight as well. Not just pre-flop, but many opportunities to shove on the flop, with small blinds, were missed as well by both. The idea of trying to get a hand strong enough to trap with once the blinds start to get small, is a horrible idea. Not to take away from them that they're good players, with deep stack sizes, and their observations are interesting. Another great book from Annie Duke. Haven't you always wondered what the pros are thinking when they play a hand a certain way?

This is your chance to find out. Annie and Vanessa Rousso describe their thought process behind over hands. It has changed the way I play heads-up and has even improved my ring game play. You should add this book to your library. While I can understand some readers liking this book, it is simply too shallow to impart any real knowledge to the reader.

It reveals not how to play, but how the authors think. In this regard however, it is aimed more at a beginner level heads up player. There are no deep secrets revealed, and the strategy points are not discussed in sufficient depth. If you have read Gus Hanson's book on tournament play, you get the idea but Gus' title is superior.

What is nice is that almost every hand is presented, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Televised hands are indicated as such, so you get a good idea of how little you actually see in a televised game. It's an easy read, but I can't imagine anyone really learning anything by reading this. I believe that this book is essential for mastering NL heads-up play.

If you consider all the books written on the subject, none of them really come close to this. Sure, you have the Will Tipton books and the Colin Moshman series, which wasn't that great in my opinion. Will Tipton, on the other hand is way too analytical in his analysis of poker hands, which is only enjoyable to those players who enjoy thinking for hours about any given hand. On the felt, you do not really have time to think about all the hands, you must simply play them and put your opponent on a range and play accordingly.

I have read and studied about a couple dozen poker books, including the ones I listed before. While certain books are good for full ring and short-handed play, this book should definitely be considered for heads-up. It is also an overlooked and probably underrated title. It is ironic that Annie Duke can write any book on tournament poker being that she hasn't had a legitimate cash since ; but more importantly, the fact that she considers herself skilled enough to write a book on heads-up play is laughable For more coverage from the summer series, visit the WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

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