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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: A Minute to Learn

09-10-2016 46752 responses Top results

"A minute to learn, a lifetime to master." So goes the oft-shared saying about no-limit hold'em.

It's probably a good thing the rules for no-limit hold'em aren't that hard to learn. Poker players generally don't like to wait very much.

If you play online poker you're aware of the many different offerings designed to satisfy poker players' thirst for action — and no waiting. Online poker on its own is a faster version of the game than live, of course. But with short-handed and heads-up cash games, turbo (and hyperturbo) sit-n-gos and multi-table tournaments, "Spin-n-Gos" (and similar variations), "Push or Fold" tables, and more, there's no lack of fast-action alternatives.

We're going for speed in today's installment of The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz — eight rapid-fire true/false questions about no-limit hold'em that shouldn't take you more than a minute to answer. Get six of eight correct for a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any you'll see an explanation of what the correct answer was.

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Question 1

“Loose-passive” players typically play a lot of hands and do a lot of betting and raising when they do.

Question 2

When calculating stack depths -- say, in a no-limit hold’em tournament -- players often divide the total number of chips by the size of the big blind.

Question 3

The board shows Qh-8d-6c-2s and you hold Jh-9h, giving you eight outs to fill a straight.

Question 4

Say you have a $1,000 bankroll. Entering a $109 multi-table tournament online would be an example of poor bankroll management.

Question 5

Probability-wise, you only can expect to be dealt a pocket pair once every 17 hands in no-limit hold’em. Therefore, you should always play whenever you are dealt a pocket pair.

Question 6

You’ve reached the river versus one player, and with 3,000 in the middle your opponent bets 1,000. The bet is giving you 3-to-1 pot odds to call.

Question 7

If you have Ad-3d and the board reads Jd-Td-3c-8d-2s, you hold the unbeatable “nuts.”

Question 8

Playing with position after the flop is advantageous for a variety of reasons, including the fact that you are often better able to control the size of the pot.

What do you think?