The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Guess These Poker Hall of Famers' Hands

11-12-2016 2055 responses Top results

The Poker Hall of Fame inducted its 51st and 52nd members this year — Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen. Time for a commemorative pack of playing cards featuring all 52, wouldn't you say?

A number of Poker Hall of Famers have particular poker hands associated with them, in some cases even having hands named after them for a variety of reasons. Today's quiz challenges you to identify which hands are connected with which Poker Hall of Famers. Some of these will be easy, some less so — see how many you can get.

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Question 1

Doyle Brunson became a Poker Hall of Famer in 1988, in part because of his two WSOP Main Event titles won in 1976 and 1977. In each of those back-to-back wins, Brunson held the same winning hand which came to be known as “The Brunson.” What was it?

Question 2

This player was among the inaugural group of seven inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979. It has been said that the hold’em hand of ace-ten (A-10) was named after him thanks to the fact that he began playing poker at the age of 10.

Question 3

Another player inducted in 1979, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, is best known for a certain five-card draw hand he held at the moment of his death. That hand, subsequently called the “dead man’s hand,” was...

Question 4

Phil Hellmuth (inducted in 2007) has had a particular hold’em starting hand associated with him over the years -- the hand he held to win the 1989 World Series when heads-up against Johnny Chan. What was the hand?

Question 5

T.J. Cloutier (a 2006 inductee) has won six WSOP bracelets and finished second in the WSOP Main Event two times (in 1985 and 2000). You might think the hand named after him would be ten-jack (for “T.J.”), but it’s not -- it’s another hand with which he flopped three straight flushes in a single year. What was the hand?

Question 6

Stu Ungar was posthumously inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2001, not long after he won his third WSOP Main Event title in 1997. Ungar made a wheel with his winning hand heads-up versus John Strzemp in ’97, a hand that subsequently was called the “Stu Ungar.” What was Ungar’s hand?

Question 7

Which Poker Hall of Famer has a trophy named for him featuring the hand 4h-4s-7c-7s-Ac?

Question 8

This year Carlos Mortensen was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, who among many accomplishments won the 2001 WSOP Main Event. The banner that hangs in the Rio each summer commemorating Mortensen’s win shows him smiling and holding 10s-10h as a winning hand, but in fact that *wasn’t* the hand with which he won his Main Event title (inspiring a lot of prop bets in the Rio). What was Mortensen’s winning hand in 2001?

What do you think?