Playing heads up well in a tournament is an important skill to have to be successful and win tournaments. Here are some tips for playing heads up in a tournament:
Make sure you have a healthy chip stack when going into the heads up portion of the tournament. Keep in mind that in every hand heads up you’ll be posting either the big blind or small blind as well as any ante if their is one. Being deep in big blinds will help give you a better chance at winning the tournament in heads up play.
Know how many chips your opponent has. If you have a big chip lead over your opponent apply pressure, be aggressive and go for the win! If your short on chips your gonna need to find a spot to jam all in and hopefully improve your chip stack. This brings me to my next point.
Open your starting hand ranges!!! In heads up play I personally think you should be seeing a flop on nearly every hand. In heads up play any hand can be the winning hand. Don’t be afraid to see flops and if you notice your opponent calling a lot preflop don’t be afraid to get aggressive and raise preflop.
My final tip is to remember the tournament isn’t over until it’s over. Even if you have a huge chip advantage remember things can change very quickly in poker and before you know it you and your opponent could be even in chip stacks. Don’t start playing lazy and assume you have the tournament won. Play competitively the entire heads up battle and don’t stop until all the chips are won or it could end up costing you a tournament win.
I hope these tips help improve your tournament heads up strategy!