CLASSIFYING YOUR OPPONENTS IN HEADS UP SNGS

In this heads up sng strategy article, Cog Dissonance outlines a logical thought process for assessing which type of villain we are playing against.  Note: This article is mainly geared towards new and lower stakes heads up poker players.  The content of this article does not always apply to more difficult high stakes thinking opponents that can more easily adjust and manipulate their image and tendencies.

KEY POINTS

Pre Flop

  • Don’t start the match too aggressively, you want to hear what the villain has to say, not batter him into submission with your aggression.
  • Test your opponent to see how he deals with limps, raises and 3-bets
  • Analyse your opponent’s frequencies: 
  • How often is he raising?
  • How often is he calling your raises?
  • What hand quality does he turn up with for these actions?

Post Flop

  • Bet in and out of position on dry boards to see how he reacts
  • How often is he calling or folding?
  • How often is he raising?
  • What hand quality does he turn up with for these actions?
  • How often does he bet in and out of position, with what hands?

The chart below should explain how to classify between TAG, LAG, Passive-Tight and Passive-Loose opponents. One indicator alone doesn’t guarantee an accurate assessment, but the more indicators an opponent has the more likely you have an accurate read on him.  Remember, this chart is meant for heads up sngs, so cross application may not produce the most desireable results.

 

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pocketone's picture

what's your definition of

what's your definition of high and low pfr%?

cog dissonance's picture

The extremes should be pretty

The extremes should be pretty obvious, for example limping or raising 80% or more. But I would suggest a PFR % of more than 30-40% as high.

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JSpazz's picture

kudos for writing this cog,

kudos for writing this cog, but meh this is kinda vague, a villain can be playing a tightish game with lots of folding and limping pre, and go nuts postflop etc. I don't think fitting villains into small boxex is of good use above say $50 level

thepuminator's picture

dont think he wrote this for

dont think he wrote this for people playing 50 dollar games and up because if you need something to help you classify your opponents then you probably shouldn't be playing them.