Thursday, May 08, 2008

Texas Hold'em Heads-Up Poker Strategy

You'll find a plethora of online poker strategies pertaining to Texas Hold'em, but if you're going heads-up against a single opponent, the typical poker strategy must be adjusted. In Heads-Up poker games, players must divert from a numerical strategy to an aggressive mind-attack.

Targeting your opponents emotional stability can be the most effective way to steal their chips, whether it be one folded blind at a time, or a significant stack.

The key element behind this kind of mental attack on your opponent is to be aggressive. Not tight/aggressive, as are most strategic players, but outlandishly aggressive to the point you can dominate the table. This can be achieved in only a few hands. In the meantime, you are also given the opportunity to feel out your competitor's style of play.

If your opponent is trying to be aggressive back at you, become more aggressive and keep trying - soon after, they should relent. Once your opponent becomes passive, you have them right where you want them. They will begin to think, "okay, as soon as I get a monster hand, I'm taking this guy down!" Use this to your advantage, stealing blinds, one after another. It may not seem like much, but every chip they lose give you a two-chip lead over him.

Now that your opponent is just waiting for a big hand to call you, you will know exactly when they have it. Fold out to him. This will really get him upset - again, right where you want him. As your stack becomes significantly larger than his, you can now give him a morsel to chew on. Call his raises, using what was his own stack to give him that hint of confidence back.

By this time, your opponent believes you are so aggressive that you'll call just about anything. This is where you swoop down for the kill. When you know your opponent has something decent, worth betting on in his opinion, but the Flop has hit your hand dead on, you can force him to push all-in. He will be so sure you have nothing that he will be willing to put everything on the line to prove it. Thus is the power of emotional mind control in a heads-up poker strategy!

PurePlay Reviewed - Legal US Online Poker Room

PurePlay is a purely legal online poker room for US players. Their slogan - "Win Big Without The Risk" - references two things; the first is the fact that players never risk their own money at the tables, and the second is that by operating in such a manner, there is no risk of penalty by US law.

In regards to 100% legal US online poker, I give PurePlay two thumbs-up. The software itself runs pretty smooth and is easy enough to navigate. However, there is much lacking that a normal online poker room - one that requires depositing money to bet with - would provide.

Most importantly, these include player stats and live customer support. Members of PurePlay can acquire these features, and more, by paying a monthly membership fee of $19.99. Hence, the site is free, but if you want a better experience, you'll have to pay for it.

A paid VIP membership grants the user player stats, performance ratings, skill based tournaments (based on rating) live customer support and best of all, access to much more lucrative tournaments. Paid members won't have to view advertisement banners from PurePlay's sponsors either.

Let's compare the payouts and tournaments in regards to Free Membership VS. VIP Membership.

Cash Paid Out Over Time: $250,000
Cash Paid Out Monthly: $25,000
Biggest Cash Tournaments: $500
# Of Monthly Tournaments: 3,000

Cash Paid Out Over Time: $2,600,000
Cash Paid Out Monthly: $125,000
Biggest Cash Tournaments: $5,000
# Of Monthly Tournaments: 7,500

It's obviously much more lucrative to pay $19.99/month for the VIP Membership, but is it worth it? Yes, it is well worth it, because if you consider the alternatives, there is no telling how much one would deposit into a pay-to-play online poker room in hopes of winning at the tables. At PurePlay, you know what you're spending every month with the same hopes of a profitable ending. This term of use is what defines PurePlay as legal - players are not gambling (risking something in hopes of a better return) online, therefore breaking no laws.

US players who are wary of playing online poker should certainly give PurePlay a try, at least in the Free Membership zone. PurePlay currently offers a two-week free trial of VIP Membership, as well.

PurePlay may not be nearly as sophisticated as other online poker rooms, but that may change in the near future as the San Francisco based company has just received a substantial financial investment from several backers. This makes three investments since the company was founded in 2004 (launched in late 2005), totaling $15 million invested into the US-legal online poker room, PurePlay.

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