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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Reading Is Fundamental

12-12-2015 32039 responses Top results

Those of a certain age might recall the frequent advertisements we used to see on our televisions for the non-profit organization “Reading Is Fundamental.” The group was first formed in the mid-1960s and is still going strong, although those “RIF” ads are a little less conspicuous these days.

We talk a lot about “reading” in poker. Indeed, it really is fundamental.

We talk about reading your opponents in order to discover their playing styles and anticipate their next moves. We talk about hand reading and “range reading,” too, as we try to narrow what our opponents may possibly have. And, of course, here in the PokerNews Strategy section we offer another kind of reading, too — the literal kind — and in this new installment of “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz” we’ll give you a chance to test those reading skills.

As in the past, the quiz this week features questions derived from recent articles appearing in the Strategy section here at PokerNews. Getting six or more correct out of the eight earns you a passing grade, and if you get any wrong you’ll get a note explaining the correct choice.

You may well be able to work out the correct answers without having read the articles to which they refer, although you can always look back through the week’s articles to double-check.

Ready? All right, then. Do your best, and of course read carefully.

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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Reading Is Fundamental 101

Question 1

In “Hand Reading and Bet Sizing in Small Stakes Cash Games,” Nathan Williams describes typical behavior by players at the lowest stakes (both live and online). He notes how in these games if someone quickly flat-calls your continuation bet on the flop, it often means they have...

Question 2

In “Three Ways Poker Can Help You With Life Decisions,” Robert Woolley talks about the tendency of players in his home game to “rabbit hunt,” referring to...

Question 3

In “Live Bankroll Management: Seven Ways to Protect Your Money,” Nate Meyvis discusses ways to avoid losing money when going to and from the tables (including avoiding theft). Which of the following is *not* among the seven pieces of advice he delivers?

Question 4

In “Leaving to Lock Up a Win? Don’t Get Up from a Good Poker Game,” one piece of advice given is to keep records of your play, since you can use that information to...

Question 5

That article begins with a quote from Doyle Brunson’s “Super/System” in which Tex Dolly says “After I’ve won a pot in No-Limit...”

Question 6

In this week’s “Hold’em With Holloway” Chad discussed previously playing in a “Deuces Wild” event on the European Poker Tour. (In fact, EPT Prague will have a “Deuces Wild” event tomorrow.) The game in these tournaments is no-limit hold’em, with deuces being wild cards. If a player is dealt pocket deuces, though, the hand immediately ends with the player winning the blinds/antes. Why does the EPT have this rule in place?

Question 7

In a new “Hand of the Day,” Alec Torelli shares a hand in which a reader is dealt pocket aces on the button, then watches five players limp in before the action reaches him. At that point he puts in a raise worth nearly 7x the big blind, hoping...

Question 8

Finally, we talked to Dominik Nitsche this week about his decision to late register the Super High Roller at EPT Prague. One factor influencing his decision was...

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