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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: What Are the Good Players Doing?

09-24-2016 4880 responses Top results

We all strive to become "good" poker players. That's a relative term, of course, since a player who rates as "good" in one game might actually be one of the poorer players at another table full of even better players. In any event, whatever game we're in, we often recognize some players to be the "good" ones, doing the things that enable them to win consistently — if we are good enough ourselves to pick them out, that is!

This installment of "The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz" asks eight questions that highlight what good players tend to do at the tables. A few of these present no-limit hold'em situations where you're asked what a good player would be "likely" (or "least likely"). While every situation is different — i.e., with any scenario we can always say "it depends" — one of the choices should stand out as the play the good player would typically make (or avoid).

Get six of the eight correct earns you a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any you'll see an explanation of the right response.

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Question 1

Good players typically...

Question 2

A good player dealt a strong hand like pocket queens, kings, or aces is least likely to...

Question 3

Good players understand that if you __________ get caught bluffing, you probably aren’t bluffing enough.

Question 4

A good player folds 9h-4c from middle position, then after the flop comes 9d-9s-4h is likely to think...

Question 5

With the blinds 250/500, someone with a stack of 5,000 raises to 1,500 from middle position, leaving 3,500 behind. Next to act, a good player looks down at 2c-2h. That good player is more likely to...

Question 6

With which hand would it be least likely to see a good player limp in (call) from early position (e.g., under the gun)?

Question 7

A good player is dealt Ac-Ah. In which case would it be most unlikely to see that player just calling (and not raising) before the flop?

Question 8

A good player in the small blind watches a player raise from under the gun, then another three-bet from middle position before it folds around. The player looks down at Qd-3c and folds, and the hand ends up playing out between the other two players, going all of the way to showdown. After folding, the good player typically spends the hand...

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