This is what it’s all about. Making the final two is Nirvana for the tournament player and it’s your reward for some seriously good poker. If you’re regularly finding yourself at this stage in tournaments then your game is right where it should be.
A lot of players find themselves struggling when faced with a heads-up poker situation, simply resigning themselves to it being, more or less, a 50-50 shot and relying on luck to try and win it. Taking this approach to the final two is really selling yourself short. After all, the jump in winnings from first to second is normally the biggest in the tournament structure.
Head-to-head in a multi- table tournament is at least as big a psychological leap as making the final table – and it’s even harder to cope with because now you’re going to be involved in every hand. The first thing you’ll want to do when a tourney goes head-to-head is mentally change gears – eye up your opponent and draw on every ounce of strength and concentration at your disposal.