Heads-up online poker is not an easy game to beat. You don’t have time to build a profile on your opponent, so you have little information to work off of.
What if there was a way to increase your mathematical chances of heads-up play to a point where it would be very difficult to lose?
The below charts are Nash Equilibrium charts. Following these charts can move your game to a point where you are always making the correct mathematical decision. The charts indicate whether you should move all-in, or fold your hand depending on your current chip stack.
How to use the Nash Equilibrium charts
Find your hand in the below chart. If a player has moved all-in on you, use the second chart. If not, use the first chart. If you have equal to or less than the number of big blinds as listed in the chart, you are to get all of your chips into the pot. If you have more big blinds than listed in the chart, you should fold your hand.
How does the Nash Equilibrium chart improve my chances of winning?
The numbers in the below charts indicate a big blind level where you are more often than not, called by an inferior hand. There are of course coolers, or very unlucky hands, but the theory works by making sure you are the favourite more often than not.
If you flip a coin an infinite number of times and lose $1 when it falls on heads, but win $1.10 when it lands on tails, you will win in the long run. It doesn’t matter how unlucky you might be, the law of averages states that over time, each result will occur a very similar number of times. If after 10,000 flips, it has landed on heads 50% of the time, and tails 50% of the time, you will have profited $500.
Your winning margins may not be huge, but you will be profitable after playing hundreds or even thousands of heads-up poker matches using the below Nash Equilibrium charts.
Just remember, that while this method will dramatically improve your chances of winning from a mathematical standpoint, you should also master the other techniques to beat online poker.
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