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The Weekly PokerNews Quiz: These Hands Deserve Awards

02-25-2017 6981 responses Top results

This week the third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards were handed out, giving us all a chance to remember some of the year's most memorable achievements.

This week's installment of The Weekly PokerNews Quiz draws from a few of the winners and nominees to present eight multiple-choice questions. Get six of eight correct earns you the award of a passing grade, and be sure to check the "Top results" afterwards to see where your finish ranked compared to others.

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Question 1

We all remember the big hand between Griffin Benger and William Kassouf with 17 left in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, which was nominated but didn’t win “Moment of the Year.” With As-Ac versus Kassouf’s Ks-Kc and the latter all in, Benger was a little more than ___________ favorite to win.

Question 2

Ari Engel won “Tournament Performance of the Year” for his victory in the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. Heads-up versus Tony Dunst, Engel had a slight edge when he pushed all in on the river holding Js-7c on a board of Ts-4d-2h-Jc-9s, having made ___________.

Question 3

Mike Sexton earned three nominations, including one for “Moment of the Year” for his comeback win at WPT Montreal. While heads-up Benny Chen had a 10-to-1 chip lead over Sexton, but the WPT co-host fought back to take the lead, then Chen shoved with Ks-Jd and Sexton called with Qh-Qc, giving Sexton about a ___________ chance to win.

Question 4

The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl won “Event of the Year.” The final hand of that event saw Fedor Holz all in with 2h-2d versus Rainer Kempe’s 8d-8s, meaning Holz was only about ___________ to prolong the tournament.

Question 5

Jason Mercier won “Moment of the Year” for his POY performance at the 2016 WSOP. He won two bracelets last summer, the second coming in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event when he beat James Obst heads-up. In the last hand the game was limit hold’em, and Obst was all in preflop with Qs-Jd versus Mercier’s 5c-3h. The flop came Td-4s-2h -- who was the favorite at that point?

Question 6

Maurice Hawkins, who just won a record-tying ninth WSOP Circuit ring last week, won “Breakout Performance of the Year.” He was also nominated for “Tournament Performance of the Year” after winning back-to-back WSOP-C Main Events last spring. The second of those events at Harrah’s Cherokee ended with Hawkins beating Leif Force heads-up. In the last hand, Hawkins check-called a bet from Force following a Js-4c-3h flop holding As-2s. Force had Qh-Qd, which meant at that point Hawkins was ___________ to make a better hand.

Question 7

Joe Ingram won the “Podcast of the Year” award for his excellent “Poker Life Podcast.” As a player, Ingram is most identified with pot-limit Omaha, a game in which players are dealt four hole cards and must play two of them along with three community cards, meaning there are _____ possible two-card combinations from which to choose.

Question 8

David Peters earned the award for “American GPI Player of the Year” for his stellar 2016. Among the highlights for Peters was a victory in the Asia Championship of Poker High Roller in Macau in November. Peters defeated Paul Newey heads-up, and in the last hand Newey was all in with Kd-6s versus the Ac-8d of Peters. That meant Peters was almost a ___________ favorite to win the hand.

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