It’s a time that is funny poker. You would be hard pressed to find a table online if you wanted to play a bit of heads-up cash. The game all but died away and some web sites do not also provide it, as the regulars that are tough not play against each other.
It seems the way that is only get a heads-up money game going now would be to make a really general public challenge, agree a group range fingers, guide plenty of part wagers and now have it play away right in front of 1000s of railbirds.
I am, needless to say, discussing the unexpected influx of high profile heads-up challenges place that is taking recently concluding in the pokersphere. We’ve had three challenges that are galfondand counting), Polk vs Negreanu, quickly become Negreanu vs Hellmuth, Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins with a handicap, and also this week Fedor Holz vs Wiktor Malinowski.
As I’ve written formerly, probably the reason that is main seen a resurgence is because the players have made side bets or handicaps that have made an otherwise unprofitable format (for them) more paletable.
For the dollars or the likes?
A lot of these matches, other than Polk vs Negreanu, feel a little staged, it looks like manufactured animosity between Holz and Malinowski so GGPoker can host the match, and likewise PokerGO can stream Hellmuth vs Negreanu. Although KidPoker was quick to point out to me their match was genuinely organic.
Staged Or not, I think a complete lot regarding the individuals are inspired by attention. We inhabit an age where most of us obsess over our Instagram likes and Twitter retweets. A heads-up challenge is perfect for the brand name for a complete lot of poker players. At least Phil Galfond was transparent when he started his Galfond Challenges marketing that is stating their number 1 motivator.
Are they entertaining sufficient to fill the opening left by real time poker channels this year that is last? I’m not so sure. Heads-up cash that is online usually quite a boring structure to look at over a sizable test until you are a really keen pupil regarding the game. Hellmuth vs Negreanu gets the prospective become quite enjoyable, they’re two of the very popular poker that is live to watch after all.
Ultimately though, I think the main entertainment comes from the drama between sessions. I think more people watched the Negreanu and Polk post-match interviews than stayed for a session that is whole. The banter on Twitter involving the players is just about the many spectacle that is entertaining of.
Could online heads-up come back?
To go back to my opening point about the dichotomy that is weird of all viewing a format few people play online. I believe something this does point out is the fact that there might be the opportunity for an operator to provide challenge that is‘heads-up type games. Maybe Stars or GG could offer a game that is private where two players can agree to a specific amount of fingers against one another and/or a side bet/handicap like into the Tice vs Perkins match.
The biggest issue heads-up poker had on line had been the regulars refusing to try out one another. If an operator will get ways to reduce a professionals side and obtain the players to agree to a amount that is certain of, it could revitalise the format.
If you haven’t guessed, heads-up poker is not it is good to see pros playing against each other instead of sitting out for me as a viewer, but. Then maybe it’s time for operators to offer the market a way for the fans to play heads-up again?