A Hold’em Poker Quiz

My previous blog was about reading poker books to enhance one’s poker knowledge and skill, and hopefully winnings.  I thought I’d follow-up with a quiz made up of questions using information entirely from the books listed.

The Hold’em questions are either from Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Hold’em or Harrington on Cash Games.  Don’t be mislead about the contents of these books based on the questions here.  The books contain a wealth of knowledge, and these questions just barely “scratch the surface” of the information contained in them, and were partially chosen because they could be stated rather simply.  The books contain more complex problems and extensive explanations, and the understanding of them will serve to make one a better player.

The questions vary from easy to difficult (as I deem), and are in no particular order.

Here are the questions:

  1. What is the “Gap Concept”, as defined by David Sklansky?
  2. What is the “Rope-a-Dope technique as applied against a super-aggressive player?
  3. When pursuing a “balanced strategy”, which means to vary your raises, calls, and bet sizes, what tool can be used as a random number generator to insure you’re acting truly random?  For example, with a premium pair in early position you want to raise 80% of the time, and call 20%, how can you accomplish this in a simple truly random way?  Hint:  Dan Harrington mentions this method in both of his books that I’ve listed previously.
  4. A. What are the three categories of physical tells?
    B. According to Harrington, which category is the most reliable and revealing?
  5. Naturally, you should pay attention to all players at the table, but for beginners, which 3 players are the most important to watch?
  6. When should you limp into a pot against several players with a high pair?
  7. What is a “Backdoor Flush Draw”? 
  8. When calculating pot odds, if you have a backdoor flush draw, how many “outs” should you count?
  9. According to “Harrington’s Law of Bluffing“, the probability that your opponent is bluffing when he shoves a big bet into the pot is always at least what percent?
  10. In relation to pot size, how much is a “normal” continuation bet?  (Note: your bets should vary to conceal your actions; however, there is a normal size).
  11. What position at the table is the last to act pre-flop?
  12. When you play low pairs like 3-3, what is it called when higher pairs appear on the board?
  13. You will get dealt pocket Aces about once every how many hands?
    A. 98  B. 150  C. 220  D. 378
  14. What is The Sandwich Effect?
  15. In a tournament, when the blinds are very small relative to the chips stacks, is the theoretical correct way to play very tight or very loose?
  16. What group of starting hands gets beginning players into more trouble than any others?
  17. When you have pocket Kings, the odds that someone at a full table (9 players) has pocket Aces is:
    A. 1 in 12?  B. 1 in 24?  C. 1 in 36?  D. 1 in  48?
  18. What range, compared to pot size, does Harrington recommend for a Value Bet size?
  19. What is The Rule of Two?
  20. In deep-stack cash games, which hands will generally win larger pots: premium pairs or small pairs?
  21. When making a Continuation bet, if you bet half the pot, what percentage of your bets do you need to win to break even?
  22. How is a Probe Bet different from a Continuation Bet?
  23. Is a Continuation Bet more effective against one or two opponents?
  24. True or False – weak means strong, and strong means weak?
  25. What is it called when you make a play that you wouldn’t have made if you knew what your opponent’s cards were?
  26. If you are dealt Q-Q, with nine players behind you, “about” what percent of the time will one of those players have A-A or K-K?
    A. 23  B. 10  C. 8  D. 38
  27. What is THE most important skill for a player to have in tournament no-limit Hold’em?
  28. According to “The Betting Principle“, a successful bet must accomplish one of three things.  What are they?
  29. What is The Rule of Four?
  30. What is “M”?
  31. In comparing hand values, is the “value” of A-K unsuited vs. 8-7 suited the same, regardless of whether you’re playing in a tournament or a deep-stack cash game?
  32.  Is “fold equity” how much you’ll lose in the hand if you fold?
  33. Which carries more weight, a pre-flop bet, or a post-flop bet?
  34. What is the Metagame?
  35. If you are a winner over time, you win because your opponent makes more ____________ than you.
  36. What is Solomon’s Rule?
  37. Harrington’s First Law states: The gap in strength between strong hands and weak hands is inversely proportional to the _________  _________.
  38. Is a “paired flop” a good bluffing flop in heads-up play?
  39. In general, in a cash game, which will be a bigger money-maker over time; flopping top set or flopping middle set?
  40. Harrington’s Second Law states: The likelihood that a player’s betting action represents his true strength is directly correlated to the number of _________ in the pot.
  41. True or False?  Strong starting hands, like A-A, become stronger as more players join the action.

You can find the answers to these questions in the books listed :) , or check back in a couple of weeks (after the Omaha quiz) for the answers.

Next time, an Omaha quiz.

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3 Responses to A Hold’em Poker Quiz

  1. Zack says:

    Awesome quiz Bob! My brother-in-law will be reading the HoH series soon, so I’ll have a good opportunity to re-review all that great content.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Zack, I appreciate the comment. I know your B-I-L will learn a lot from Dan’s books.

  3. Stefen Johnson says:

    Hey Bob, great quiz. Are you having a live game anytime soon?

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