Thinking back to the conclusion of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event earlier this week — and looking back over several of this week’s articles appearing in the Strategy section here on PokerNews — the particular challenge presented by being dealt pocket pairs seems to have been something of a running theme over the last seven days.
In “Think You’re Due to Flop a Set This Time? Think Again,” Robert Woolley discussed poker probabilities, including covering the relative likelihood of flopping a set with your pocket pair.
Among the hands we discussed from the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table a highlight was one in which Josh Beckley picked up versus chip leader (and eventual winner) Joe McKeehen, then found himself facing a tough decision after McKeehen four-bet him before the flop. How did you play that hand, by the way?
In “Satellite Strategy: Reconsidering a Poorly-Timed Shove,” Mo Nuwwarah lamented a play he made when short-stacked with pocket fives.
And in an excerpt shared from his new book Thinking Tournament Poker, Nate Meyvis talked us through a WSOP Main Event hand he played in which he was dealt pocket nines.
As a resut, we’re making pocket pairs the focus of today’s “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz.” Each of the eight questions below have something to do with playing pocket pairs in no-limit hold’em. Get six or more correct and you’ll earn a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any of them you’ll get an explanation of the correct answer.