Poker Heat Hero or Zero!
In this guide, I explain what the Poker Heat Hero or Zero game mode is and how to play it.
How to Play Hero or Zero in Poker Heat
As the name implies, Hero or Zero is a game mode of playing your hand or folding. You can only call or fold preflop. At the flop, you then must go all in or fold. No action on the turn and river will take place. You only have one decision to make. Call/go in or fold.
How to Play Preflop
Do Not Play All Hands
Don’t be fooled into thinking because no bets take place preflop that means you should play all hands. This is a common mistake many players make. Playing weak hands is setting yourself up to lose before you even see the flop! I know this kind strategy is a bit advanced for beginner players, but you can not play losing hands and expect to win chips
Use a Hand Range
You need to have a hand range in place and stick to it. While it is true you need to adjust the hands you play based on players at the table, I tend to stick to a hand range, as it works. People don’t adjust to my play. I doubt most players are paying attention anyway and I exploit them to win as many chips as possible.
My Personal Hand Ranges
My personal hand range I tend to use is as follows. This is for a full six-person table. I adjust to being more lose as there are fewer players and I play the most hands when there are two or three players. Refer to the following chart to get a idea of what I am talking about.
Hand Range Positions
Here are my hand ranges for these positions. I sometimes play weaker if the situation is right but I tend to stick to this. This range may seem a bit too tight for some players, but It is a winning strategy.
Play in Position
In Poker you normally want to play as in position as much as possible. This means acting last postflop. This gives you an advantage over the other players at the table as you get to see what they do first.
In Poker Heat Hero or Zero position is not as important since there is very little preflop action. This doesn’t mean playing in position still helps though.
How to Play on the Flop
For most flops, you need to fold. If there is one thing I would tell players on Poker Heat is they need to give up hands way more often. The fact is if your hand is not top pair or better you probably are going to lose. I tend to wait until I have two pair or better to call an all in. Why? Often I will have trips and win chips from pairs and flush/straight draws. So this is the range I call with the most.
Play Poker With a Bankroll
A Mistake Many Players Make
Playing with tiny and weak bankrolls is a mistake many players make. I only play at a table if I can buy in at least 30 times at full buy in. Any less and in my mind, I am risking too big a chunk of my bankroll.
Playing Too Risky
I often see people buy in with only one or two buy ins. These players frequently get knocked off the table for losing every single chip they have. These players also tend to blame their mistakes on luck or claim the game cheated them. The problem is these players are playing too risky and too focused on short-term results.
A Good Sized Bankroll
Maybe having 30 buy ins is a bit tight for you. I recommend at least having 10 buy ins when you play. This will give you some protection against bad beats and mistakes. Bad beats are when you have the better hand, but another player gets lucky and wins with a worse hand. This is going to happen so expect it.
Good Bankroll Strategy Doesn’t Help Losing Players
Also, I have to bring this up. Sorry, but if you are a losing poker player, no bankroll strategy will save you. But it will at least give you time to see what mistakes you are making, and hopefully, you can improve.
Common Mistakes People Make While Playing Poker Heat
Here are the mistakes I see people make the most while playing Poker Heat and the Hero or Zero game mode.
Playing Too Many Hands Preflop
I must once again stress how big a mistake it is to play any two cards. If you want to start winning more often in Poker Heat Hero or Zero, you need to use a hand range as I showed in the previous section.
Let me give you a hand example.
The flop is A7J. I have AK. I go all in on flop as I feel I am winning. Another player calls with A3. Most of the time I am going to win this hand. Sometimes they will catch the three but not enough to matter long term.
Also just because you won a big hand once with a hand like T3 or 83 doesn’t mean you made a good play. Don’t let short-term thinking cloud your judgment.
Not Caring About Position
I see so many players play weak hands out of position I sometimes wish I could do a survey and ask how players on Poker Heat even know what position is in poker is! Don’t play weak hands when you are first to act preflop. Play very few hands when you are in the blinds.
It is hard to judge how a hand will go when you act first on the flop. You can only use the strength of your hand, and your observations on other player to make a decision. This situation is made even harder in Poker Heat Hero or Zero as the only action you can make is going all in or folding.
You can avoid making tough decisions like this though by playing most of your hands on the button.
Going All in with Weak Draws
Don’t go all in Poker Heat Hero or Zero mode just because you have a flush or straight draw. I only play draws when I have a straight flush draw or a nut flush draw with a good pair already.
I tend to give up draws in Hero or Zero. Draws have value in seeing the turn and river card for cheap and then beating other players for many chips. In Hero or Zero, you can’t do this. You have to go all in or fold. This means draws in my mind are not worth playing most of the time.
Another thing people seem to not think about is that other people may have a stronger draw than you do. So even if you make your hand, you may lose anyway..
If you do wish to play flush and straight draws at least play the nuts. Play ace suited cards and only play for straights that are the highest currently possible.
Going All in with Weak Pairs or Nothing at All
Never go all in Poker Heat Hero or Zero mode with no hand. Also, don’t play weak pairs unless you are 100% the player you are playing against is a manic donkey that is willing to lose with air. For example.
I have 98. The flop is K82. I fold this almost 100% of the time in Hero or Zero. People with king pairs will call almost 100% of the time, and stronger eight kickers call as well. I only win against complete poker idiots and maniacs playing any two cards.
Not Considering the Amount of Players in a Hand
Be warier of calling all in when multiple people have already done so. The more people that are in a hand, the higher the chance you are going to lose. For example, I have AA. The flop is 456. Three people go all in before me. WIthout any information on this table, I fold 100% of the time.
A pair is a very low hand considering all the possible outcomes here. Don’t be fooled by how shiny and strong a good pair looks. I could already be losing to trips or two pair. I could also be playing against multiple flushes and straight draws, or already made straights or flushes.
Now if only one person went all in before me, I probably call. There is a good chance of winning against a straight draw or a worse pair.
Not Adjusting Play Based on Risk and Other Players Ability
If you pay attention to the other players at the table, you will notice things. For example, maybe a player at the table only goes all in the with nuts and folds everything else. The nuts is the best possible current hand. If you are sure you notice this, then it would dumb to call versus them with worse.
The flop is 789. I have 77. If an observed strong player were to go all in, I have no choice but to fold. Chances are they have a better set (88, 99) or a straight. Assuming my read is 100% correct I have to play based on this information.
Now if you make a play like this and this player shows down worse make a note of this. Maybe they are not as tight as they seem.
Also, this works in reverse. If I notice a player going all in on flops with nothing and weak pairs I will adjust my play to them as well.
I have TT the flop is K72. If this is against a manic player who went all the past five hands, I call 100% of the time. Will, they beat my hand sometimes? Yes, they will be after observing them handing out chips like an ATM machine I would have no problem trying to beat them. Keep in mind though the other players at the table! I would only make a play like this heads up. That is to say when I am the only person to act.
I hope my advice leads you to win more poker hands and gets you interested in improving your game. If you have any questions feel free to ask.