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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: The Big One for One Drop Edition

10-15-2016 981 responses Top results

You've probably heard, there's kind of a big poker tournament going on this weekend.

The newest edition of The Big One for One Drop began yesterday in Monte Carlo, and this Big One is the biggest one yet. While the previous two editions of the tournament featured $1 million buy-ins, the price tag this time around is €1 million (currently equivalent to just under $1.1 million USD). In other words, it's the largest buy-in ever for a poker tournament.

In 2012, Antonio Esfandiari topped a 48-player field to earn $18,346,673 — the biggest prize in tournament poker history. Then in 2014 there were 42 players taking part, with Daniel Colman outlasting everyone to win the $15,306,668 first prize.

This year's tournament saw 28 entries total, creating a prize pool worth nearly €25 million with €11,111,111 due to go to the winner. Check PokerNews' live updates to see who will emerge as the next big winner of the Big One.

While that tournament plays out, let's use today's installment of "The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz" to relive some memorable moments from the past two Big One for One Drops. Here are eight multiple choice questions highlighting big hands from those two tournaments. Get six of eight correct to earn a passing grade, and if you miss any you'll get an explanation of the right answer.

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Question 1

In 2012, a memorable Day 1 hand saw Mikhail Smirnov actually fold quad eights on the river versus John Morgan. The board showed Js-8c-7s-8s-Ks, and when Morgan reraised all in over Smirnov’s bet, Smirnov folded 8d-8h face up. What hand did Smirnov fear Morgan had?

Question 2

On Day 2 of the 2012 Big One, Jason Mercier was all in and at risk with Ks-Kh but unfortunately up against Antonio Esfandiairi’s Ad-Ac. What were Mercier’s chances of survival after the Jc-7c-4d flop and 6s turn?

Question 3

In 2012 there were six players left when Sam Trickett pushed all in on a 4h-3h-8h-Ts-3s board and Brian Rast called with his last chips. Rast had Ah-Jh for a flopped flush, but Trickett had rivered quads with 3d-3c. In that hand, how did things stand on the flop -- when Rast had a flush and Trickett a set of treys?

Question 4

In the final heads-up hand in 2012, The board showed Jd-5d-5c when Sam Trickett was all in and at risk with Qd-6d (a flush draw) while Antonio Esfandiari had 7d-5s (trip fives). What percentage chance did Trickett have to win the hand?

Question 5

Easily the most memorable pre-final table hand from the 2014 Big One came with 19 players left. Connor Drinan was all in with Ad-Ac vs. Cary Katz who had Ah-As, and the board came 2d-Kh-5h-4h-2h to give Katz a flush and eliminate Drinan. About how often does that happen -- that is, for aces to beat aces with a flush?

Question 6

The first hand of the final day in 2014 saw Tom Hall bubble the tournament in ninth. Hall went all in with 10d-10s and was up against Daniel Negreanu’s As-Qd. Who was the favorite when the chips went in?

Question 7

With seven players left, Scott Seiver pushed all in on the turn in a hand versus Tobias Reinkemeier. The board showed 4c-Qs-2c-Jc, and Seiver was bluffing with Ks-Ts. Reinkemeier nonetheless folded his Ad-As. If Reinkemeier had called Seiver’s bluff, how many outs would Seiver have had to win the hand?

Question 8

The last heads-up hand in 2014 was a dramatic one. Daniel Negreanu was all in with Ad-4c versus Daniel Colman’s Kd-Qh, and after the Js-Ah-4s flop gave Negreanu two pair, it looked like the match would be continuing. What was Negreanu’s chance of surviving the hand at that point?

What do you think?