Is there a best method for analyzing poker play?
I have been asked several times what the difference is between a solver and Simulation. It's not either or. Both have their place in developing a sound poker strategy.
In general, Solvers have a narrow focus. For example they can not calculate the EV of hole cards for an entire game. But they can calculate the best moves for a single street heads up.
Someday they will be able to solve a full game, but not yet.
Simulation has a wide focus, plays an entire game, every street and every position, with a full table. The current version simulates 6Max No Limit Hold'em. There is one Hero and 5 opponents. Opponents can be any combination of Average, Fish, NIT, LAG, or TAG. Both Hero and opponents strategy can be edited.
The results of a Solver are precise but currently limited. The results of simulation is a close approximation but applies to a complete game. For example, if you choose to use EV to construct a Range it is the relative values that are important. Is the EV of AJo greater than 77.
Solvers and simulation are both very useful. It's not a decision to use one or the other. I
suggest using both.
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