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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Super High Roller Bowl Knockouts

06-05-2016 60780 responses Top results

The exciting $300,000 buy-in 2016 Super High Roller Bowl that played out this week kicked off a busy summer of poker in Las Vegas. Starting with 49 entrants and a $15 million prize pool, Rainer Kempe eventually outlasted a tough 49-entry field to claim the $5 million first prize.

Between PokerNews' start-to-finish live reporting and televised coverage via PokerCentral and CBS Sports throughout, the event gave poker fans a lot to enjoy — and a lot to learn from, too, thanks to the top-level play and great commentary from Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman.

This week's installment of The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz focuses in particular on the last eight knockouts of the event — starting before the money bubble burst (at seven players) and ending with the last hand between Kempe and runner-up Fedor Holz.

Get six of eight correct and you make the money (so to speak) with a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any questions, you'll get an explanation of the correct response.

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Ready? All right, then... go knock these out:

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Question 1

With nine players left, Jason Mercier unluckily ran Kc-Kh into Bryn Kenney’s As-Ad, and when the board ran out jack-high Mercier finished in ninth. Mercier’s chance of surviving when the chips went in preflop was...

Question 2

After losing most of his stack in a set-over-set hand versus eventual winner Rainer Kempe, Dan Smith went out in eighth to bubble the SHRB. In his last hand, Smith shoved preflop with Ah-9h, was called by Fedor Holz who had Ad-10c, and lost. When the chips went in, Smith had a(n) ____ chance of surviving.

Question 3

Early at the final table, Dan Shak became short-stacked and reraise-shoved with Kd-Js, and Holz called with As-9d. Shak would lose to finish 7th, but actually had almost a ____ chance of winning the hand.

Question 4

Not long after that Kenney shoved from the button with 7h-7d and ran into Holz in the small blind with Js-Jc. That made Kenney about a ____ underdog in the hand, and indeed he was knocked out in sixth.

Question 5

Immediately after Kenney’s KO, Matt Berkey was all in and at risk with As-9s versus Rainer Kempe’s 7s-7d. Berkey would be eliminated in fifth -- who was the favorite before the community cards came?

Question 6

Phil Hellmuth finally met his end in fourth after limping from the small blind, then calling Kempe’s big blind-shove to commit his short stack with Qd-Js versus Kempe’s Kd-Jh. Hellmuth was dominated, with only about a ____ chance of surviving, and he didn’t.

Question 7

Erik Seidel then pushed his last chips in from the small blind with Ac-7d, Kempe called from the big blind with Ah-10d, and five cards later Seidel would be out in third. By the turn the board was 9h-9s-3c-Ad, meaning Seidel could no longer win the hand (if a seven came, he'd be counterfeited), but he still had a ____ chance of splitting it.

Question 8

The heads-up battle between Kempe and Holz went on for three hours before Kempe finally prevailed. The final hand saw Holz four-bet shove with 2h-2d and Kempe call with 8d-8s. Neither the 5h-10h-9s flop nor 4c turn helped Holz, meaning he was down to a ____ chance to survive with one card to come. Alas for Holz, the river wasn’t a deuce and Kempe won.

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