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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Key Hands from the November Nine

10-29-2016 37915 responses Top results

It's finally here. Almost, anyway. After three-and-a-half months of waiting, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table — a.k.a. the "November Nine" finally gets underway tomorrow.

This week on PokerNews we looked back at all eight of the previous "November Nines" in "A Retrospective: WSOP Main Event Final Tables of the 'November Nine' Era.". From each of those final tables a "key hand" was highlighted, and so for today's installment of "The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz" we've got a multi-choice question concerning each of those hands.

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Question 1

2008: With nine left, chip leader Dennis Phillips held Ah-Kc and faced a huge shove on a 8d-10c-Js flop by Ivan Demidov who had Ac-Qc. Phillips folded, but if he had called what would have been Demidov’s chance of winning the hand?

Question 2

2009: With three left, Joe Cada four-bet shoved with 2c-2s and was called by Antoine Saout who had Qh-Qs (and had Cada covered). What was Cada’s equity when the chips went in?

Question 3

2010: With three left, Joseph Cheong six-bet shoved all in with As-7h and Jonathan Duhamel called with Qc-Qd. What was Cheong’s chance of drawing out to win the hand?

Question 4

2011: At the start of three-handed play, Ben Lamb four-bet jammed with Kh-Jd and was called by Martin Staszko who held 7s-7c. Who was the favorite?

Question 5

2012: With six left, Andras Koroknai shoved with Kh-Qd and Greg Merson called holding As-Ks. The flop came 8h-3s-2c and turn the 7s, leaving Koroknai _____ outs to survive.

Question 6

2013: With six left, after four-betting preflop with 6s-6d, JC Tran decided to fold after a shove from Jay Farber who had Ac-Qd. If Tran had called, what would have been the chance his pocket sixes would have held through the river?

Question 7

2014: With nine left, Mark Newhouse had 10c-10h and bet the turn with the board showing 2d-4c-Jh-4h, and William Tonking called with Qc-Qd, setting up a dramatic bet and call on the river. While neither player knew it at the time, what was Newhouse’s chance of rivering a card that would give him the better hand?

Question 8

2015: With three left, Neil Blumenfield tried a three-barrel bluff with Qh-8d versus leader Joe McKeehen who had Kc-10s. By the turn the board showed Td-6c-3c-7d, which meant Blumenfield still could have hit a river card to improve to a better hand. How many cards would have helped him do so?

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