1) Position is vital in heads-up poker so do not ignore it. Playing too many hands out of position will not be beneficial in the long run. You need to act positively from the dealer button and then you can make informed decisions after seeing how your rival has reacted in the post-flop betting rounds.
2) Play more hands as with only one opponent the range of winning hands is much wider. Hands which you would discard in multiple player games need to be readdressed.
3) Keep it straight and don't over bluff. Make sure that when you do bluff it is from the dealer button position and that it is a value bet. Do not try to push an opponent off a hand with nothing after they have shown some strength.
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4) Checking and calling bets are a long-term losing strategy in heads-up. If you are too passive your rival will take free cards to make draws and push you off hands. If you don't bet then you are not giving your opponent a chance to fold.
5) Do not use too much of your bankroll. Heads-up is highly volatile and you need to have a decent bankroll to iron out these variables. Although a good player will make profit over time, playing a single match for a large percentage of your bankroll can end badly.
6) Don't even think about playing multiple games. Heads-up requires total focus on your opponent.
7) Don't even think about playing when stressed, tired or when you have just got in from the pub. As said previously, you must be alert.
8) Study your opponent. Don't make pre-mediated moves, take advantage of their weaknesses and avoid their strengths!
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