We’ve all heard that one before — “I’d rather be lucky than good,” or some variation on the same. At the poker table it usually comes following a successful suckout, after a player gets his or her chips in badly then manages to spike a needed card to win the pot. The origin of the phrase is somewhat obscure, although many attribute it to Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez who pitched during the ’30s and ’40s.
Would you rather be lucky than good, though? Perhaps sometimes, such as that time you bluff-raised all in with nothing but a backdoor draw and needed runner-runner to avoid busting. But over the long haul we’d rather rely on skill than chance. That’s why we study poker strategy. That’s also why a variation on the quote popularized by the golfer Gary Player (though he didn’t originate it) perhaps appeals to us even more:
“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”
Today’s installment of “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz” draws eight multiple-choice questions from articles appearing in the PokerNews strategy section over the last seven days. The questions are undoubtedly going to be easier to answer for those who read the articles, although even without having read them you might still be able to figure out the best response.
Depending on how good you are. Or lucky. Or both.
Getting six correct earns a passing grade, and should you miss any you’ll get an explanation of the better response. It’s fine as well to look back through the week’s articles for help along the way.
Nothing left to say but, well... good luck!