🔥 Heads Up Poker Strategy: Adjusting To Your Opponent

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The one exception is when there are only two players (a "heads-up" game), when the player on the button is the small blind, and the other player is the big blind.


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Texas hold 'em is one of the most popular variants of the card game of poker. Two cards Hold 'em is normally played using small and big blind bets— forced bets by two players. small blind. When only two players remain, special 'head-​to-head' or 'heads up' rules are enforced and the blinds are posted differently. In this.


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And the player who was big blind before will be small blind and button now. In Heads Up poker, the button acts first preflop and last postflop. This is quite different.


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In regular rounds (of three or more players), the small blind (one seat to the left of the button/dealer) is effectively the first bet (the small blind amount) and the big.


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And the player who was big blind before will be small blind and button now. In Heads Up poker, the button acts first preflop and last postflop. This is quite different.


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Heads-up Pre-flop Betting: The small blind can fold, call or raise. If the small blind just calls, then the big blind (non-button player).


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Heads-up Pre-flop Betting: The small blind can fold, call or raise. If the small blind just calls, then the big blind (non-button player).


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For any tournaments and cash games where players are Heads-Up, the small blind will be placed on the button. The button will then be first to act in the preflop​.


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If you took this to heads up and bb bet first a small raise would give the sb terrible odds and the sb would be forced to play extremely tight - it would be a messed up boring game that would take forever. Viewed 67k times. So now it comes down to who is the sb? Asked 9 years, 6 months ago. Related 7. Net result, because of the unique rules for heads-up play, is that the dealer is always the advantaged position, and that would not be preserved otherwise. Acting first would give the bb too much power. Preflop bb must be last to act for reasons given above. Chris Persichetti Chris Persichetti 2, 1 1 gold badge 16 16 silver badges 25 25 bronze badges. Quote from Wikipedia When only two players remain, special 'head-to-head' or 'heads up' rules are enforced and the blinds are posted differently. It would just make no sense to have the bb before the sb. Let's accept the dealer should be last to act post flop. You have two blinds - sb and bb. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. The button does not want to fold preflop because the button has position post flop. After the flop, the dealer acts last and continues to do so for the remainder of the hand. Reverse the rule and let the dealer act first after the flop? When only two players remain, special 'head-to-head' or 'heads up' rules are enforced and the blinds are posted differently. Everyone else must at least call the big blind amount or fold, and the dealer is the advantaged position by going last and has the option to fold with no money played. Sign up to join this community. It balance of power between the blinds and also consistent with the rules of betting in general. Question feed.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} So why does this switch when going heads-up? If the sb was not the button you would have a lot more folds to the initial bet preflop - why invest more money in a pot when you are going to have to play out of position - just get out cheap and wait for the button. Nice response. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}It only takes a minute to sign up. You want action and it creates fair action. The reason for the difference is tied to concept of blinds, which are simply mandatory initial bets to ensure there is some money at play for every hand. By folding the button is giving up position. Featured on Meta. Why does the Dealer post the small blind and the other player post the big blind? In heads up, if the non-dealer would post the Small Blind and the dealer the Big Blind, then the non-dealer would act first both before and after the flop. Hot Network Questions. The button has to be one. Acting first is not preferred. Hope this helps! The dealer acts first before the flop. It is good for the game. Active 2 years, 8 months ago. Mark Mark 11 1 1 bronze badge. What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I…. Linked 9. Thus, even though the dealer "goes first" technically, it is the other player who has effectively "gone first" because they are in the pot with more money the big blind and the dealer can still fold without having to meet the big blind. The button is supposed to be the position of power. Otherwise the button would be the non-button. Preflop let's say the bb acted first and it was folded to the bb. The dealer will always get the advantage of being able to put pressure on the big blind, by possibly raising, before the big blind has any play. So down to why give the button the sb? Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Your answer doesn't address why the blinds are also different. Active Oldest Votes. We're switching to CommonMark. The bb could just raise 1 bb and give the sb pot odds on a steal. RegDwight 1 1 gold badge 2 2 silver badges 8 8 bronze badges. Rexxus Rexxus 51 1 1 silver badge 1 1 bronze badge. Normally the person to the left of the dealer will post the small blind then the second player to the left of the dealer will post the big blind. That would violate betting rules and mess up the game in a lot of ways. I would add that while it does seem advantageous to see what the other player does first and while one can argue being SB and BB evens out quickly in the rapid play of hands, in practice in heads-up, correct play is often much more aggressive resulting in the SB being the power position in the preflop round. I know it sounds strange but giving the bb to the button would give it too much power even though it would have a forced full bet. In the heads-up showdown two players left , the dealer is still the advantaged position because the dealer only has the small blind committed at the outset of the hand, whereas the other player is already in with the big blind.