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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Wild Card Games

02-20-2016 30948 responses Top results

Earlier this week poker author Ashley Adams completed a series of articles in which he upended various pieces of “conventional wisdom” regarding home games. In the series, he offered arguments opposing the advice not to play with strangers, suggested it wasn’t always needful to set an end time for your home game and stick to it, questioned the advice never to play with “scared money,” and finally this week talked about why skilled players shouldn’t avoid wild card games.

In today’s installment of “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz” focuses on the subject of the latter article — wild card games. Below find nine multiple-choice questions regarding games that use wild cards. Getting seven of nine correct earns a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any you’ll be shown the right answer along with an explanation.

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Question 1

In games that use wild cards, strong hands occur...

Question 2

In poker, a wild card can have any rank or suit the holder declares. In a game in which deuces are wild, which of the following hands would rank the highest at showdown?

Question 3

The EPT Dublin festival that finishes today in fact included a no-limit hold’em “deuces wild” event. Hand rankings in that event are the same as in regular NLHE, except at the top where the highest ranked hands are...

Question 4

In a “Hold’em with Holloway” from a few weeks back, Chad explained what happens in the “deuces wild” NLHE events on the EPT when a player is dealt pocket deuces. What is the rule?

Question 5

In which of the following seven-card stud games with wild cards are threes and nines wild, plus the player gets an additional card if dealt a four as an upcard?

Question 6

In some games one-eyed jacks are designated wild cards. Without looking at a deck, which are the one-eyed jacks?

Question 7

In his article, Ashley pointed out that “the ________ in the game [or hand] that a wild card is introduced, the greater the advantage to the skillful player.”

Question 8

Jokers are typically able to be used to make any poker hand, but a “bug” is a different, limited form of wild card that typically (e.g., in high-only variants) can only be used...

Question 9

Here’s a bonus “wild card” question to help you improve your final score: Which letter comes first alphabetically?

What do you think?