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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Full-Blown Monkey Tilt

09-19-2015 7218 responses Top results

“Full-blown monkey tilt” is one of those phrases in poker that often elicits a grin. It’s that extra adjective “monkey” that does it, suggesting the person so affected has somehow regressed on the evolutionary scale to a more primitive state where human reason has been muted almost entirely.

Speaking of full-blown monkey tilt, a couple of questions in today’s installment of “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz” focus on Phil Hellmuth’s appearance on ESPN this week, the first episodes from the network’s coverage of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. As it turned out (spoiler alert), Hellmuth was relatively in control during the episodes, only letting the necessarily bleeped-out expletives fly occasionally. He even was shown at the feature table ordering ice cream for his opponents!

As we’ve done before, the quiz this week features 10 questions derived from the past week’s worth of articles appearing in the Strategy section here at PokerNews. Getting seven or more correct out of 10 earns you a passing grade, and if you get any wrong you’ll get a note explaining the correct choice.

You might find you can work out the answers to questions without having read the articles to which they refer, although you can always look back through the week’s articles to double-check. So if you’re unsure — and you want to avoid going on full-blown monkey tilt for missing one — feel free to click around to find the answer.

Question 1

In “Three Sure-Fire Steps to Improving Your Poker Skills,” Robert Woolley tells the story of a player who when dealt pocket aces always raises to $50 in a $1/$2 NLHE cash game, making literal the old poker saying...

Question 2

What is the primary informational advantage had by playing hands in position (rather than out of position) in no-limit hold’em?

Question 3

This week we read about “Boston Stud,” a hi-low split-pot game which is played “cards speak.” That means at showdown...

Question 4

“Watching Phil Hellmuth or ‘The Master at Work’” describes a hand shown on ESPN this week in which Hellmuth shoved all in versus multiple opponents with Ad-2d following a flop of Td-6d-8s. The move would be best described as...

Question 5

In that same hand, everyone folded to Hellmuth’s bet except Jae Kim who asked Hellmuth “How mad would you be if I just called with a naked flush draw and overs?” Kim was speaking truthfully about his hand, and when Kim eventually folded, Hellmuth immediately guessed it exactly. What did Kim hold?

Question 6

As discussed in “The Real Value of Being Suited in No-Limit Hold’em,” range calculators show that “Qs-8s only performs around _____% better than Qd-8c against a random hand.”

Question 7

From the same article, if you are holding two suited cards in hold'em, how often will you make a flush once all five community cards are dealt?

Question 8

The article “Passivity Killed the Big Stack” discusses the need for players with big stacks to be aggressive when a tourney bubble approaches. When speaking of playing styles, “aggressive” and “passive” refer to...

Question 9

This week’s “Hold’em With Holloway” focuses on a bubble hand in a satellite. The hand involves a player contemplating calling a small all-in raise holding just 6-3 offsuit. If he were to call, he’d likely be “drawing to live cards,” meaning the all-in player probably...

Question 10

When describing an “Insane Hero Call vs. Tony G,” Alec Torelli contrasts “absolute hand strength” to how your hand...

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