The no limit hold'em poker IQ test (unofficial)

hi everyone,
this thread is to test your poker knowledge. as mentioned in the topic name: this is an unofficial IQ test since i’m the one who made it. in other words, take the results with a grain of salt.
however, i do everything to make it as realistic as possible. so you can take the test as closely as it can get to a professional test. but either way, i hope you enjoy it.

here is how it works: you gonna face 50 questions. the questions are multiple choice questions but the amount of options may differ per question. obviously, you try to name the right answer. don’t forget to use pen and paper to write down your answers. after you’re done with all questions, you can go to the next page where all the answers are. they are hidden under a spoiler bar, simply click it to reveal them, be careful not to click it before you finished the test. after you revealed it, you can see all answers and with them, the right answers have points to them, you automaticly get 60 points to start with, all points mentioned with your right answers are added to this total. usually questions add either 2 or 0 points to your total, however some questions may have options that add 1 point to your total. all points you aquired at teh end of the test will be your poker IQ

please don’t post about the answers without a spoiler bar after you read them, or explain stuff that isn’t literally explained in the question itself, some of the questions have poker terms or other stuff in them on purpose.
if you really like to post about these things, please use a spoiler bar.

feel free to post your results after you took the test, and/or give comments about the things you want. good luck :slight_smile:

1: what is the weakest starting hand in poker:

A: 23o
B: T5o
C: 27o

2: which of the following statements is false

A: rebuys are allowed in cashgames and never in tournaments
B: satellite tournamens are tournaments where you win a ticket to higher tournaments
C: the buy-in of the main event of the WSOP is 10000$

3: you are playing a 9h cashgame. everyone holds 100BB’s. you don’t have any reads on any player yet. the player UTG+1 raises to 3BB’s, a player in the MP 3bets to 11BB’s. you are on the HJ with AA. what will you do:

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

4: which of these names are another words for pocket aces

A: pocket rockets
B: bullets
C: both of them
D: none of them

5: which of these is hands has the best odds if you would know for sure your opponent holds QJo

A: AQs
D: AKs

6: which of the two statements is the worst to apply:

A: using your entire bankroll against a player of which you know you are better player
B: using good bankroll management against a player of which you know he is better then you.

7: which of the following names isn’t a real poker player:

A: phil ivey
B: phil galfond
C: phil hellmuth
D: phil gordon
E: phil luske
F: phil laak

8: which of the following do you want to be in poker:

A: fish
B: donk
C: shark
D: none of them

9: which shortcut doesn’t belong in the row:


10: what is the highest buy-in of any event in the WSOP:

A: 100000$
B: 1000000$
C: 5000000$
D: the main event is already the highest buy-in

11: you are playing a 20$ online tournament 9h with 477 players. stack average is 120000 chips. payouts are for the best 80 players. there are 93 left. you have a stack of 27000 with blinds of 1500/3000 and blindlevels of 15 minutes. you are looking at AQs on the MP. no one has made any action yet. what will you do:

A: fold
B: limp
C: raise
D: all-in

12: you are playing here on replaypoker. you play the lowest 1/2 cashgame 9h here and everyone has about 150BB’s. however, several players usually play hyperaggressive plays, and almost everyone want to play almost anything. the UTG raises to 8BB’s. you are UTG+1 looking at AA. what will you do:

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

13: you are playing 9h at a NL25 cashgame. you just joined and won’t have any reads yet. you are playing UTG and look at ATo. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

14: which hand is called dead mans hand:

A: AA88
B: pocket jacks
C: 666

15: why is this hand called dead mans hand:

A: this hand has had the most bad beats ever on televised live poker
B: in the past, this hand was believed to bring bad luck to the one who got it
C: in the past, someone was shot dead after getting this hand
D: in a HU game between 2 professional poker players, one got this hand twice in a row and won both times. in which the other of them was joking: if you win from me with this hand a third time i kill you. the same hand did actually came a third time and he won again. obviously he didn’t actually killed him.

16: which hand is called big slick

A: A2

17: which of teh following statements is true:

A: when 3 players are all-in with all different chip stacks, there will be a main pot and 2 side pots.
B: when going all-in you increased the amount less then the previous raise did, it is count as a closing action, in other words, the last raiser and all players that came after can’t reraise any more, even if they have enough in their stack to do so.
C: when several player are all in, the big stack of them is playing for the main pot and the others for the side pots
D: when two players are all in, it will always result in one of them losing his/her entire stack

18: you are playing a NL50 cashgame 9h with blinds of ,25/,50. you don’t have any reads yet. everyone has about a standard stack. everyone folds to the BTN who limps, the SB limps as well. you are on the BB looking at 28o. what will you do?

A: fold
B: check
C: raise
D: all-in

19: you are playing a live 1$/2$ cashgame 9h. everyone has standard stacks again. the MP raises to 6$. the HJ calls. you are on the BTN with 6h6s. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

20: you hold Ah7h. flop is 9h 2d Jh. according to the rule of 4&2, what are your pot odds to hit a flush on the turn

A: 16%
B: 18%
C: 32%
D: 36%

21: which of the following is the least harmful:

A: fold every hand
B: call every hand
C: raise every hand

22: you are playing a huge 9h live tournament with a buy-in of 1000$. the tournament has about 1500 players. you are still in the beginning stages. the blindlevels are inclreasing every hour. right now the levels are 15/30 and you have a stack of 5260 points. UTG raises to 90. you are UTG+1 looking at QQ. you decide to 3bet to 270, the MP+1 calls. and the HJ 4bets small to 600. the UTG 5bets to 1500. what will you do

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

23: you are playing a HU match against a player that likes to bluff, but you know he is a smart player as well. you play super deep with 500BB’s. he starts with a raise of 3BB’s. you are looking at T6s and decide to 3bet bluff to 9 BB’s. he quickly decides to 4bet to 27BB’s. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

24: you are playing a 9h 10NL tournament. you are in middle stages with a decent stack. blinds are 300/600 and average stack is about 20000. you are holding 32340. a fish that’s having a lot of luck is playing UTG+1 and raises as usual to 4BB’s. however he has a stack of over 60000 and you haven’t seen him fold much, you also have seen him play big pots with strange hands. you are in the CO and decide to 3bet to 12 BB’s looking at AsKh. the UTG+1 calls. flop is 9h 2c Ah. the UTG shoves all-in. what would you do?

A: fold
B: call

25: the biggest cashgame pot ever has been more then a million dollars

A: true
B: false

26: which poker player said the quote “9 high like a boss”

A: phil hellmuth
B: daniel negreanu
C: vanessa selbst
D: will kassouf
E: none of them

27: you are playing on replaypoker and decide to play a 9h 1M tournament. there are 13 players playing the tourney. we are in the middle stages of the tourney and the average stack is 4875. there are 8 players left. blinds are 100/200. the MP decides to raise to 500, you know him as a good player, he holds a stack of about 6000. there is 1 limper on the HJ, he has 1700 left and is the shortstack, you know he is a bad player. you are on the CO with AJs and have a stack of 4550. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

28: which HUD stats are commonly considered to be the most important ones

A: c-bet flop and fold to flop cbet
B: fold to 3bet% and 4bet%
D: they are all equal

29: you are playing a 6h 2NL cashgame. stacksizes vary between 80 and 150 BB’s. your stack hold 92 BB’s. you are UTG looking at A9o. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

30: which of the following doesn’t matter when you decide your implied odds

A: stacksizes
B: image
C: the hand range you put your opponent on
D: the betting round you’re on
E: what kind of draw you have
F: all of them matter

31: which of the following hard to believe stories is actually true?

A: phil ivey started playing poker because he got a playing card that blew right into his hands on a rainy day, he assumed it was fate that he should be a poker player
B: doyle brunson has won the WSOP main event twice in a row. the hand which he won with was T2, which was twice in a row as well. since then, T2 is known as the doyle brunson hand
C: chris ferguson once brought a real gun to a poker homegame when he was drunk. he even loaded the gun before bringing it there and accidently pulled the trigger on the homegame as well. no one got hurt however since he shot in the air
D: fedor holz brought his family to his first WSOP event, however his mom wasn’t quite familiar with the rules and walked right to the table in the middle of a hand to hug him and wish him good luck

32: which of the following is no real live tournament rule

A: stringbetting, a stringbet is when you don’t announce your betsize and put the chips in the pot in parts, the first part of the bet that touches the table is counted, everything else doesn’t count
B: one chip rule. the one chip rule is when you don’t annouce what you are gonna do and throw one chip in the pot, no matter the size of this chip, it’s always a call.
C: fold fraud. the fold fraud is when you won’t announce a fold and throw one card away and then the other. you are forced to take them back and you have to make either a call or a raise

33: you played 4 years to grind yourself a serious bankroll. yet you decided you want to take a shot with the pro’s and decided to take your full 20000$ to a live 9h 25$/50$ deep stack cashgame. the MP raises to 150$ you hold KsKd on the CO and 3bets to 450$. the MP calls. flop is 7s Kh 8c. the MP checks and you Cbet 700$. the MP calls. turn is 8d. the MP checks again. you bet 1500$. the MP calls. river is 2c. the MP just made an overbet of 6000$. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

34: lets say you decided to shove in the previous question and doubled up. which of the following is the best decision?

A: i’ll go, i have had my fun. but it was wrong to play here with my entire bankroll in the first place
B: i’ll stay, however i put 20k back in my pocket. that way i’m not completely broke if i lose
C: i’ll stay, i just made huge profits here. it would be a bad idea to leave while i’m winning.

35: you are playing a 6h 90$ live tournament. there are 39 players that joined. there are 18 players left. the average stack holds 6500 chips. blinds are 100/200 you hold KsKd on the MP, you decide to raise to 600, your stack holds 8200. the BTN called, you know him for a few years and you have never seen him bluff even once, you also know he is playing tight, his stack holds about 7700. flop is Kc Kh 3s. you checked, so did the BTN. turn is 7d. what will you do?

A: check
B: bet small about 600
C: bet big about 1000
D: all-in

36: if you hold 80% equity to win the hand, like AA vs KK (for real AA actually has slightly more equity). and both of you go all in preflop for 100$ both what is your expected value?

A: EV+ 40$
B: EV+ 60$
C: EV+ 80$
D: EV+100$
E: EV+ 140$
F: EV+ 160$
G: EV+ 180$
H: EV+ 200$

37: you just reached the final table of a large online 9h tournament with 374 players. the BI was 22$. the average chip stack has 220000 chips. blinds are 4000/8000 with 1000 ante. it’s folded to you on the HJ. you have a decent stack of almost 300000 and look at AcTc. you decided to raise it to 22000. the BTN is the shortstack and shoves all-in for 48000, you don’t have any reads yet. the BB calls, he is the chipleader with 547000 chips, you know him from the previous table, you haven’t seen him play much big pots, but when he did, he did hold a powerful hand. you decided to call. flop is Qc Ts Jc. the BB checks. what will you do?

A: check
B: bet
C: all-in

38: you are very early in a 9h tournament with a BI of 11$, the tourney hold over 400 players and no one busted yet, however in one of the first hands you faced a cooler of KK vs AA. resulting in your stack being almost gone. average stack is 2000. blinds are 10/20. your stack holds 70 chips. you are UTG and hold A8s what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

39: you are in a huge online 9h tournament with a BI of 211$, there are about 7000 players who played it and there are 1542 players left and the best 1500 will get in the money. the average stack is 12700, blinds are 100/200. you are on the MP+1 looking at 4d4c, you have a stack of 19100, you decide to raise to 500. the BTN calls, you don’t have much information on him yet, he has a stack of 22100. the SB calls, you have been on the table with him for a while now, you know he’s a huge nit. he folds almost every hand and the times you have seen him play a big pot was when he hold an extremely powerful hand, he has a stack of 18700. the BB calls as well he has a stack of 7200. flop is 4s 6h Qd. the SB checks, the BB checks as well. you decide you want to slowplay and check too. the BTN bets 1200. the SB calls, the BB folds. you decide to check-raise to 4400. the BTN folds. the SB shoves all-in right away. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call

40: you are playing a 2$/4$ cashgame online 9h against very good players, even for these stakes. most players have a stack of about 800$, you hold a stack of about 184$ . the CO raises to 12$, the BTN calls, the SB 3bets to 48$, he holds a stack of about 600$. you are the BB looking at 3c3s. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

41: you are playing a 6h satellite tournament with 117 players, the 12 best players get the prizes. there are 14 players left. the blinds are 1000/2000, 300 ante. and the chipcounts are from worst to best: 2200, 6300, 7600, 7900, 13800, 22900, 24200, 37100, 45500, 52300, 61700, 68600(you), 74200, 93000. you are on a table with 5 people, the UTG folds (stack 7600), the CO (you) decides to raise to 6000 with AA. the BTN (stack 13800) folds. the SB (stack 37100) calls. the BB (stack 93000) shoves all-in. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call

42: what do you have if you have ducks

A: you doubled up by an all-in, or d(ouble) (b)ucks
B: a pocket pair of deuces
C: 23 offsuit
D: you won by folds on the river with a minbet
E: none of them, the term doesn’t exist.

43: you are playing a 9h ,50/1$ online cashgame. most players have more then 100BB’s in their stacks. the table image is mostly stratightforward, but you have also seen several players been able to make fancy moves if nessecary. the MP decides to raise to 3$, the MP is known as a tight player, but you have cought him bluffing once on a great bluffing spot, he holds a stack of 172$. you are on the HJ looking at AdQs. you decide to 3bet to 8$, you hold a stack of 154$. the BB called, the BB is known as the weakest player here, he plays more hands then would be right for him but he isn’t totally loose either, he holds a stack of 92$. the MP calls as well. flop is 4d Ah 7d. the BB and MP both check. you decide to bet 14$. the BB folds and the MP calls. turn is Jc. the MP checks again, what will you do?

A: check
B: bet small about 22$
C: bet standard about 30$
D: bet big about 44$
E: all-in

44: you are playing a 6h ,50/1$ cashgame online. most stacksizes are around 80-140$ however the second big stack playing on the CO has 192$, you suspect he’s playing smallball poker against the TAGs and the bigstack playing on the SB has a huge 461$. you saw him win an all-in pot with top pair top kicker against a very loose player on the MP, you also saw him fold a similar hand to the CO. the majority of the table is playing standard TAG strategy. your own image is TAG as well and you hold 141$, you haven’t be caught bluffing even once yet. the MP raises to 3$. you are in the BTN looking at AsQh. you decide to 3bet to 9$. the SB decided to call, and so did the MP. flop is 2s Qd 7c. the SB checks. the MP bets 16$, you make a small raise to 45$. the SB shoves all-in. the MP folds. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call

45: you are playing on replaypoker at the highest elite stakes. blinds are 500K/1M you play with two other people. your stack holds 520M and play on the BB. the BTN is the small stack with 275M. however the SB is the big stack with 705M. you have clearly seen they are both very good players, both capable of fancy moves if nessecary. your own image is more straightforward TAG. a few hands ago you saw the BTN make a big bluff raise on the turn against the SB after thinking a while the SB called, it was on a Q high board, river was a blank and both checked, eventually the SB won with QK. the BTN raises to 3M, the SB raises to 11M. you decide to make a bluff raise to 28M with 6c7c. the BTN folds and the SB calls. flop is 5c 7s Ad. the SB bets 36M. you called. turn is 9c. the SB bets 80M. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise small to 200M
D: raise big to 300M
E: all-in

46: you are allowed to use pen and paper to calculate this question.
you are playing a 6h SnG the first place is worth 90$ and the second is worth 30$. player A holds 5000 chips, player B holds 3000 chips and player C holds 2000 chips. what will be their average winnings according to ICM?

A: player A has 90 player B has 30 player C has 0
B: player A has 55,17 player B has 38,25 player C has 26,58
C: player A has 58,23 player B has 37,21 player C has 24,56
D: player A has 60 player B has 36 player C has 24
E: player A has 71,29 player B has 29,57 player C has 19,14

47: the biggest 1st place in the main event of the wsop till now was in 2006. who was the winner of this year?

A: jonathan duhamel
B: doyle brunson
C: jamie gold
D: daniel negreanu
E: chris ferguson

48: you are playing a live 6h tournament with a BI of 80$. it’s a several hands after the bubble was done. 68 players played the tournament and the best 13 got prizes, there are 12 people left. average stack is about 270000. blinds are 7500/15000 with 3000 ante. the BB holds a stack of 94000. the UTG raises to 40000, since the bubble bursted he is playing quite aggressive, he’s raising about half of all his hands, he has a stack of 422000. you are on the SB looking at 55, your stack holds 256000. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise
D: all-in

49: you are playing on a televised live 9h high stake cashgame. it’s 25$/50$ and super deep, so the most stacks contain about 25000$. the majority of the table are poker pro’s. the UTG+1 decides to raise to 150$, you know him as slightly loose but still a very good player… the HJ decides to 3bet to 450$, he is a very good player as well, you have caught him once before light 3betting into an EP raise, however you still see him as tight usually, his postflop actions vary a lot between value and bluffs, you have seen things that makes it hard to put him on a hand meaning he is capable of adding unexpected hands into his range. you are the BTN and look at AsKd, you decide to 4bet to 1200$, your own image is mostly straightforward, but you have been cought bluffing not long ago. the UTG folds, the HJ called. flop is Ts Jh 7c. the HJ checks, you checked as well. turn is Ac. the HJ decides to bet 1800$ what will you do?

A: fold
B: call
C: raise small about 4600 and fold to a 3bet
D: raise small about 4600 and call to a 3bet
E: raise small about 4600 and 4bet to a 3bet
F: raise big about 7200 and fold to a 3bet
G: raise big about 7200 and call to a 3bet
H: raise big about 7200 and 4bet to a 3bet
I: all-in

50: you are playing the tournament of your life. you are playing in the main event of the WSOP and you just reached the final table several hands ago. the average stack holds about 46M chips the blinds are 300000/600000 with 100000 ante. the UTG is a famous pro, you have seen him on television some times and know he is switching between tight and loose, his stack holds 28M chips. UTG+1 is the second weakest player on the table, he is still a decent player, just not as much as the rest, his stack holds about 33M, the MP is you, your own image so far is quite fancy, many have picked up on this as well, your stack holds 64M. the MP+1 is another famous pro, you know he likes to make some tricky moves from time to time, his stack holds 92M and he is the chipleader. the HJ is the weakest player here, you are curious how he has come so far, he has had lots of lucky hands, his stack holds 57M. the CO is a strong player you have been sitting with on the table for a while, you know he likes playing straightforward TAG but he knows when it’s time for a bluff as well, his stack holds about 14M and he is the shortstack. the BTN is a very talkative player, so much even that you were able to get some physical tells out of him that helped you make the right decisions, his stack holds 27M, the SB is a very strong player, he is the kind that mostly ajust his strategy according to what he assumes you can have, and he’s often right, the SB is a decent but not great player, a few hands ago he wasn’t capable of folding TPTK after many signals showed he should, he holds 38M. the BB is a loose player that likes to play several hands, however you have seen he is quite smart as well, he holds 61M. the UTG folds, the UTG+1 raises to 1500000. you are the MP, and you are looking at AsAh, you decided to call and try to trap. the MP+1 decided to call as well. the HJ decides to raise it to 4000000. the CO folds. the BTN calls, the SB folds, the BB calls. the UTG+1 decided to call. you decide to 4bet to 15000000. the MP+1 folds. the HJ calls. the BTN folds. the BB calls. the UTG+1 folds. flop is Ks Jd 6d. the BB thinks for some time and decides to shove. what will you do?

A: fold
B: call

i hope you like the IQ test,
good luck and have fun :grin:,


here the answers:

C +2
27o is the weakest hand in hold’em. pairs are usually too low, flushes are very rare and usually also too low. and since it’s a 4gapper you have the worst possible straight odds. you need to catch two pair or better on dry boards to be profitable, which is would be already good on any hand

A +2
it’s true rebuys are allowed in cashgames, it’s true as well most tournaments won’t allow rebuys. but there do exist rebuy tournaments.

C +2
you have the strongest possible hand in hold’em. you want the pot to be as high as possible. however since most raises are usually between 2,5 and 4 times the last raise, going all-in is too much. you will get unnessecary folds which might have payed you off otherwise.

pocket aces have several names, the two mentioned are both names for AA

B +2
all those hands are ahead of QJo. and even 3 of them are dominating hands, meaning you will be far ahead. but QQ is defenitely the best. if he hits his queen, you have an even better hand. if he hits a jack you are still holding the best pair. he needs to hit a straight or a flush to beat it, which are obviously both rare. if he hits two jacks he will beat you as well, which will rarely happen as well. but if these two jacks run into another Q it’s still no help to him

A +2
they are both losing strategies. but because there is an element of luck in poker, you will lose, even if you are the best player in the world. it might not be this round, but it will happen. using your entire roll is the ultimate recipe to go broke, even if it’s against a worse player.

E +2
there are several professional poker players whose name is phil. there is a player called marcel luske, however phil luske doesn’t exist.

C +2
a fish and a donk are both names for bad players. however a shark is a good player

C +2
all those names are shortcuts for positions on the table. but PFR means preflop raise.
MP is middle position. BTN is button. UTG is under the gun (first player to act after the blinds). CO is cutoff (person before teh button) and BB is big blind.

B +2
the WSOP has a high roller event with a buy-in of a million

D +2
you are getting close to the bubble, however you are getting shortstacked. if you are getting too tight and fold too many hands you probably still won’t gonna make it to the payouts, and even if you do. the odds of coming further then a min cash are minimal. you do hold a powerful hand which is defenitely worth shoving 9 BB’s with and your position isn’t that bad either.

D+2 B+1 C+1
when you hold 100 BB’s i would rarely shove into a raise of just 8 BB’s. however i would do it here. since people are making crazy plays and want to play almost anything, it wouldn’t be strange to see a few calls still happen. so you have a maximized pot with still good odds to win since you won’t have too many players involved. however i wouldn’t mind a standard raise either because of the obvious reasons. i wouldn’t mind calling either to trap, since there are a few hyperaggressive player out there, and we only have seen the UTG making a crazy raise. it means there are more out there. if we let them do the work, it might mean an even bigger pot. however if we see only calls, you are in an awkward spot.

A +2
in a standard poker game, AT is good, but still on teh top of your fold range when playing UTG. the main reason is that even while you’re ahead teh most of the time. you will usually be dominated if you get called or raised. even if you might hit your ace on teh flop, your position got even worse. since you player AT, you probably won’t gonna fold easily when you just hit your top pair, if you have a decent opponent he wouldn’t have faced your UTG raise with AT or worse, meaning you either win a small pot or lose a big one.

A +2
two pair of aces and eights is called dead mans hand

C +2
far into the past into the time of the wild west, a guy named wild bill hickok was playing a poker game. he got shot while playing the game. the hand he hold when he died was AA88.

B +2
AK is called big slick

B +2
with 2 all ins there is only a main pot, so the third player only makes one side pot. there are usually chips left because of 3 different stacks, but the unnessecary chips of the chipleader are turned back to the owner.
it’s the smallest stack that needs to play for only the main pot, not the big stack. the big stack has the chance to win every pot out there, this is because you can only with what you have yourself. so the smallest stack can only one pot, while the other(s) can win more.
because of the fact stacks differ, with two all-ins one is usually not at risk of losing his entire stack.

B+2 C+1.
you clearly have no business shoving here. since you are on the BB, you don’t need to shove either. so a simple check is defenitely best here. however making a raise wouldn’t be bad either, you clearly have a terrible hand. but a button limp and a SB limp are both signs of weakness. you might consider taking it right here because the hands might fold. however if you do get a call. you are in a nasty spot. but with checking you don’t need to take any risk and you know you’re still good. i would defenitely like this spot to bluff, but i do want just a bit more equity then the second worst hand in poker

B +2
calling is defenitely the best option here. with small pairs, setmining is usually the best option. setmining is caling with decent odds hoping you hit your set. if you won’t, you have an easy fold. if you do, you might win a huge pot. to enhance this even more, you have the best position, meaning you can extract maximum value if you hit. since you have the blinds still to act, you might even get a 4way or even 5way pot. and you are playing live 1/2. which is still quite high, but live it’s usually the lowest stake, meaning there are bad players out tehre that are gonna pay you off if you hit. there are moments it’s right to get fancy and raise your small pair, this defenitely isn’t one of them

B +2
the rule of 4&2 is an easy algorithm to turn your outs into odds. you simply count how many outs you have and multiply them by 2 to know your odds for the next card. however if you face an all-in on the flop and like to know your odds for both of the cards to come, you multiply it by 4 instead. the odds aren’t 100% accurate, but accurate enough to make good decisions.
in the example, you need to count a flushdraw. a flushdraw holds 9 outs. since you need to know the turn odds you multiply by 2 to get your answer

they are clearly all three terrible and losing strategies. so simply said, you want teh one that loses you the least, which is folding every time. that way you don’t lose the additional chips you voluntarily put in

A +2
QQ is clearly a great hand which should rarely be folded preflop, but rarely isn’t never. you are facing a 5bet from a player in the worst position and even 2 another players that still have to act. by playing this hand you are saying the other playerrs all have JJ or less. while JJ is a strong hand as well, it defenitely isn’t worth 5betting with. since this is a 1000$ tournament, you can assume most players here know what they are doing, of course there probably are a few donks along them as well. but this screams AA, most likely even AA AND KK. meaning your hand isn’t only beaten, it’s crushed.

A +2
even though the villain likes to bluff, this doesn’t seem like one. especcialy since we know he’s smart as well. if he were bluffing, he should at the very least have been thinking if he should contine after you were shooting back at him. besides of that, T6s is a reasonable bluff hand HU, but defenitely no great bluff hand. and 5betting requires about 80 BB’s. which might work, but most likely it won’t. and calling would be wrong as well because you won’t have much value unless you flop a flush of flushdraw, and even if you do, a flushdraw will most likely make your opponent bet enough to force you to fold anyway. on top of all this you are OOP (out of position), making it even harder to play.

first of all, the pot size is already almost 15000 but you still about 25000. AK flopping TPTK is a strong hand but often difficult against an all in. however since you are facing a bad player, there are several hands into his range you can beat. the only downside is that there aren’t much draws into his range since it’s a heart flop draw and the ace is already on the flop. besides you hold the nut flush blocker. but like i said, the UTG+! raises AS USUAL to 4 BB’s. meaning his raise doesn’t mean much at all. however the shove is harder. it means he usually has a hand. but on his range, it can mean almost any ace. even if i only count the most logical aces which is A9+ you are still ahead of AT, AJ and AQ. you are only behind A9. if we count all aces, you are even much further ahead.

A +2
it’s true, there even have been some cashgames in which just the buy-in was a million. the blinds were 2000$/4000$

D +2
the quote was from will kassouf. he is a player that likes to make fun at the table by lots of talk. the quote itself happened on the WSOP against a player who had an overpair of queens on the river. kassouf was bluffing with air and forced his opponent all-in to make the call. the opponent folded his queens and he showed he only had 9 high. and quoted 9 high like a boss.

D +2 A+1
since you have 22 BB’s you have a great stack to squeeze shove with. since the MP i a good player he knows when he should fold. however the flip side is that he probably raised with a good hand himself. however, a good hand in MP doesn’t need to be a monster, it’s possible to raise there with something like A9+ (maybe A8), all pairs and most broadways. maybe even suited connectors or A2s-A5s. in other words, you still hold decent fold equity against most of these hands. the hands calling are usually beating you, but besides AQ+ it also means 99+ (maybe even 88 or 77) in which case 77-TT still grant you a coinflip. but you clearly want a fold from him, which you’ll get most of the tiime. this on itself might not be profitable as you will lose big or win small. but the fact that there is a weak player in between who gets odds to call almost anything, means you get the odds you need. and a call of him means in the very most times that you’re (far) ahead. clearly i don’t mind folding here either because if you do get called by the MP, it usually means you’re out of the tournament. but sometiomes you need to make risks if the reward is worth it, which it is in this case.

C +2
even though they are all important stats, the VPIP or voluntarily put in preflop, and PFR or preflop raise are the best. they are showing what kind of opponent you have. if you have something like 22/18 you know he is a good TAG player. something like 43/12 means he’s a calling station. something like 47/39 means he’s a maniac. something like 12/7 means he’s a nit. in other words, you already have most of his hand range already figured out.

C +2
even though AT may be the top of your fold range 9h. when playing 6h you can allow yourself to be a bit more loose. A9 is good enough to raise from EP as long as you be careful not to blow up the pot too much.

F +2
stacksizes are important to see how much more you can win. image of your opponents is important to know if they will gonna pay you or not, your own image matters as well, opponents might pay more to a bluffer then to a straightforward tight player. the hand range of your opponent shows which kind of hands he might have, most likely not all of tehm will want to play big pots. the betting rounds matter because on the flop you might get two streets of value while the turn only gives one. your own draw matters because a hidden draw is less threatening then something that’s quite clear.

B +2
doyle brunson did really win the main event twice in a row, and it was really both times with T2. it was however lots of years ago when there weren’t that many players there are now. but it’s clearly still a rare thing to happen. the other stories are made up.

C +2
fold fraud doesn’t exist. if you muck one card, but it still counts as a fold and the next card has to be folded a well.

B +2
in normal circumstances this would have been a 100% shove. however you decided to risk to waste 4 years of hard work, just to have 1 day of fun. you hold the second nuts and the only thing that can beat you here is 88 making quads. even though it’s very unlikely, it’s still possible. meaning if you’re wrong you wasted 4 years of your life. calling however is ok, because if you’re wrong you lose almost half your roll, which is defenitely very bad as well. but it’s doable to grind that back, however grinding 20K out of nothing isn’t. and since your winning odds are very high, calling here would be right.

A +2
like mentioned earlier, risking everything you worked so hard for is terrible. if you decide to stay, B is defenitely the better option. but if you do, you still only hold 2 BI’s. and 2 BI’s still very bad BRM. in cashgames you want 20 BI at the very least. and against pro’s you want even more.

A +2
in this one you obviously want as much value as possible, since he don’t bluff. checking won’t makes him want to take the pot. but since he’s tight, he would usually fold to a bet as well. your best chance here is to check and bet the river, and hope the river might have hit your opponent and give you some value. and maybe if it didn’t he might bluffcatch with ace high since i said he didn’t bluff, but i haven’t said anything about bluffcatching.

B +2
EV or expected value is the average amount of money you expect to win if you make this play. you have 80% equity and both of you are all in for 100$. meaning the pot is 200$. since you will win 80 % of the time, you will win 160$ on average/ since you had to pay 100$ for this. you will on average lose 100 and win 160$ making it +EV of 60$. another way to calculate this doing this 5 times. meaning you will gain 100$ 4 times and lose 100$ 1 time. 400-100 = 300. divide this by 5 and you get 60$ on average.

A +2
first of all, in most cases if someone is all-in you want to work toghether to get him out of the tournament. simply because 1 player less means bigger payouts for both of you. in this example you defenitely don’t want to shove. such a high wet board will hit lots of hands. so you are either get called and you’re probably far behind. or you get a fold and the shortstack triples up. there is no need to get fancy here, and if you take the free card and do hit your flush or str8, you can still bet for value.

D +2
usually A8 is too weak to play UTG. however with just 3,5 BB left. you have to take the risk. waiting just even 1 turn means you will have to pay your BB. even though you can still fold the BB, it’s rarely a smart thing to do since you will lose almost 30% of your stack by doing so, so shoving later won’t bring you much better then were you are now. A8 is more then you can hope for so you should shove it.

A +2
you obviously hold a monster. but you are facing a nit the decided to check, then call, then shove. which is a slowplay without any doubt. with the information you have, you know he must hold 66, or maybe QQ, nothing else. he can’t hold 44 since you do. he usually can’t hold QQ because he should have raised that preflop, maybe he holds it because he’s a nit. he can’t hold 2 pair since that means either Q6, Q4 or 46. all hands that would have been folded pre. he can’t hold an open ender like 35 or 57 since that would have been folded as well. he can’t hold AQ since that would never have been slowplayed by a nit. it’s either called or raised right away. anything less then AQ would obviously not have been slowplayed as well. in other words, he has 66. on top of all this, besides the fact that he’s a nit it’s also close to the bubble, making him even tighter then usual.

D +2 A +1
in high stake real money poker, most peopple have a polarised betting range, meaning his raises contain some value hands and some bluff hands. you have 33. which usually isn’t good enough by far to 4bet with. but it is a good hand for into your bluff range against very skilled opponents. besides it’s rarely a good idea as well to bluff into 3 opponents. but in here, the only one to really worry about is the SB. the CO raises in late position. meaning he contains lots of hands into his range. the BTN called, which means he has a very wide range as well. you know that the SB knows about the CO and BTN as well because you know he’s a great player as well. so he has a polarised range as well. meaning with this information, he could squeeze them with a wider range of hands. so your 4bet shove bluff may get a lot of folds from the SB’s hand range. besides, the CO and BTN are looking into a 3bet and a 4bet shove. meaning they can’t play anything but the best hands. and teh SB knows a call means a showdown, so he can’t get fancy anymore with bluffs and need to call with a strong hand. and the reason low pairs are good for a bluff range is that they are still flipping with overcards like AQ or AK. you are still far behind of big pairs, but at least you have a calling range against you that grants you some equity if it goes wrong.
i also need to add that a plain and easy fold isn’t that bad either. but only having value hands makes you too predictable around these stakes so you need an aggressive polarised range sometimes.
calling would be bad since you don’t have a big enough stack for setmining, and it’s rarely good against a 3bet anyway.

A +2
with aces you know you have the best hand here by far. however, here it’s not about having the best odds to win the hand. it’s about having the best odds to win the tournament. since it’s a satellite tournament, there is no difference between getting first or getting 12th. and all you need is 2 busts to take your prize. without doubt you would usually win here and double your stack. but your stack is already strong enough to survive 2 bust in the very most cases. but if you lose, you won’t get anything. you would still lose with aces about 15% of teh time against a random hand. losing the tourney by blinding out when you’re teh 3rd stack is way rarer when only 2 busts are needed. however, if it was one of the shortstacks who shoved, i would defenitely make teh call.

B +2
a pair of deuces is called ducks

A +2 B +1
in this case you want to keep the pot low. the fact that your opponent has bet and tehn called a 3bet means in most cases he has a good ace. he could have several hands here, but there are a few things to consider. first of all, there is a potential draw out there, but you hold teh nut blocker. making a draw less likely. of course he could be slowplaying sets, in which case you defenitely don’t wanna bet. since he’s tight, i won’t see him raise with A7 or less, so 2 pair is very unlikely. maybe A8 or higher, but AT or higher seems more likely here. the 3bet call won’t mean much more since he gained good calling odds. since he hasn’t bet the flop, AK seems unlikely as well, AQ is unlikely as well since we hold AQ. so the most likely hands here are AT and AJ. AJ is a nice hand to call the turn with, because it turns the careful approach on teh flop into a slowplay. in other words, you aren’t very sure where you stand. because of this i think a small bet would be fine as well. but i think checking and keeping teh pot as low as possible is best.

A +2
you did have hit top pair top kicker on a dry board, but still, you are facing a 3bet shove which was slowplayed by a check raise as well. both signs you are facing a very strong hand. he might hold AQ himself expecting both of the other players won’t hold 22 ot 77. but even if it is, which still seems quite unlikely, you are only chopping. while 22 or 77 is much more likely considering his slowplay and his 3bet into 2 other players. 2 pair hands are unlikely of course. but probably the biggest clue here is that he played a big pot against a loose player with TPTK but fold it to a better player, since we have a tight image, he should know a raise here means we are strong. in other words, his range exists out of AQ 22 or 77. in which AQ is by far the least likely.

B +2 E +1
first of all, lets look at your equity. of course, you hold 9 outs for your flush and there are 3 eights (not 4 since one is a club) that make you a straight. the 7 is defenitely an out as well because your opponent is very most likely not betting sets here. so we have 14 outs, meaning we have about 28% equity here. however, i would count the 6 as an out as well. the villain is most likely not holding 8x or a strange 2 pair hand, but since he likes fancy plays, it is possible. so instead of 2 outs we just count one. lets say we have about 30 % equity against his range. then we have the pot size. 28+28+3 preflop is 59 + 36 + 36 flop is 131 + 80 turn is 211. so there is 211 in teh pot now and we need to call 80. so we need to pay about 27%. and since we hold about 30% equity, we get profitable odds to call. on top of all this, we still have additional implied odds to this since we still have the river, and since he already bet twice, and because we are in position, we have good possibilities to get paid off here. in other words, we get good reason to call here. besides all this, shoving isn’t bad either. since he likes fancy plays, we might get him off some hands here. and because we are playing tag, he will give credit for your raise and fold many value hands probably even as strong as AQ, the reason i would raise here is because when you get reraised, you need to call it anyway because of your odds, and since he called top pair second kicker before, it might also mean he calls more easily, however he would probably give your raises more credit. but calling is best here.

B +2
ICM means independant chip model, it’s a formula that transfers chip equity into money equity. it also shows why lost chips are worth more then chips won.
in this case, you need to calculate the ICM. first you need to know the 1st place equity. the only thing you need to do is this: (player chips/total chips=winning odds) * (1st place prize). meaning A holds 45$ equity, B holds 27$ equity and C holds 18$ equity. the second place has a bit harder formula which is: (((player A second = ((B winning odds * percent of A’s chips to (total chips - B’s chips) * 2nd place prize))+((C winning odds * percent of A’s chips to (total chips - C’s chips) * 2nd place prize)) ))). then do teh same with B and C. then you will see A holds 10,17$ equity, B holds 11,25$ equity and C holds 8,58$ equity. add these together and you’ll get (45+10,17) which is 55,17$ for A. (27 + 11,25) which is 38,25$ for B. and (18 + 8.58) which is 26,58 for C.

C +2
jamie gold was the winner of WSOP 2006. which was besides the biggest main event first place, also the biggest prize pool ever.

D +2
you are holding about 17 BB’s, which is a nice stack for restealing. since the UTG raises about half his hands. it means there is an enormous amount of hands that should fold here, even if they don’t, you are usually flipping with the pairs being the best flip (just a few % better but still). but like i said, in most cases he would fold. the calling range you might expect still hold lots of overcard hands, meaning even if you get called, you still hold decent equity.

F +2 B+1
the bottom linehere is that the HJ is a unpredictable player. you have hit your TPTK on the turn, and most likely you are good. but you lack the information you need as his range is too wide. he could have rags, draws top pair rag kicker, top pair good kicker, two pair or maybe even a slowplayed set. which is just way too many to make a good estimation of his hand. since you probably are good and need information, you should make the big raise here. if you get 3bet you know you are beaten and you can fold. if he folds you know in time before you get a nasty bluff in which you might have to fold the best hand, the betsize also makes sure strange draws leave in time. if you get called, you still are in position, making it much easier to make the right river decision. and since it most likely comes to a shove if villain bets the river or 3bets your big raise, you also know enough. of course you can just call the 1800 as well. but it still makes sure you have to face a nasty river decision, especcialy since tehre are lots of scare cards out there. you want to win it now or know you are beat.

B +2
eventually you are in the flop with teh BB and the HJ. the HJ is teh weakest player by far, so there isn’t much need to worry about him. of course he might have a hand that beats you, but he is even more likely to call a hand that pays you off. the BB however is a whole different story. even though he is a bit loose, he’s smart as well. meaning he knows what he’s doing tehre by caling a 4bet and shove the flop. so lets look at his range. 66 is very unlikely since it’s a terible hand to call a 4bet with. KK is very unlikely as well, since it clearly would have raised by him preflop. JJ however is possible. it’s too strong too fold and too weak to 5bet, it’s also defenitely possible the 3bet call was preferred but he had to call the 4bet with the odds he got. two pair hands like KJ, K6 or J6 are impossible too since it would never call a 4bet, not even by a loose player (not a smart one at least) AJ or A6 are impossible as well since the A6 defenitely would have been folded from the start and AJ most likely too, and it’s both too weak to shove the flop. AK and KQ might both be in his range, however KQ would probably fold as well. there might be some draws in his range as well, we have AA but not the Ad. if it’s a draw, AdQd, AdKd and maybe KdQd seems most logical, this doesn’t add much however since AK and KQ was already in his range, it just put slightly more equity to his side. so we have a range of JJ,AK, maybe KQ and AdQd. in other words we are ahead of AK(5), KQ(11) and AdQd(1)(just slightly ahead). but we are behind of AdKd(1) KdQd(1) and JJ(3). we also need to consider KQ is the least likely. and JJ is the worst outcome and AK is the best outcome, JJ forces us to catch one of teh 2 aces, and AK forces him to catch one of teh 2 kings. meaning our range is still ahead. on top of this, we get good odds to call since there already is a huge pot out there.


160: poker genius. you are an amazing poker player. you are ready to take on the big pro’s
140-159 highly intelligent player. your poker skills are extremely good. you will be able to make a lot of money
120-139: shark. you are a great poker player. you will gonna make serious profits
110-119: good player. you are playing well. you might be able to crush some smaller stake money poker
90-109: average player. you are playing ok. you can start trying some real money micro stakes
80-89: amateur. you might understand the very basics, but there is still a lot more to learn
60-79: fish. you are having lots of leaks. try reading about some basic poker strategy

i hope you enjoyed the test. feel free post and discuss about the test here as well. just don’t forget to use your spoiler bar when answering questions in your post.

have a nice day,

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@yiazmat I love it. You’ve done the whole thing? Very well done :clap:
The only part that I don’t think says much about one’s poker IQ is knowing the names of famous players lol.
But all the other questions are very interesting. I will take the test when I have more time and will let you know how I scored :wink:
Thanks for taking the time to do this, it’s brilliant!

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Cool - will look through it more later. Take a look at #14 - you need an edit there.


LOL Yes. But make sure you edit all 3 options. Otherwise we will know which one is the right answer :wink:

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thanks a lot, very nice to hear you like it :grin:

i guess you have a point there, my theory was that even though strategy is clearly the most important part of poker IQ, i wanted to spread between diferent aspects of the game, just like a regular IQ test where you have different aspects as well.
but to be clear your point defenitely makes sense as well.

nice to hear, i’m curious to the results :slight_smile:

oh oops, you’re right. fixed right away. thanks for finding the error

nice idea, but not really possible since the next question incinuates things on all those answers. i’ve done that to make it harder to put the right answer out of the next question.
i’ll just hope no one but the two of you will notice the edit :slight_smile:

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So, where is the promised answer list?

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update: the answer list is completed.

have fun :slight_smile:

Very interesting. I scored much better in the first 25 than in the second half. I also skipped answering 7 questions altogether; I see now that I should’ve guessed and perhaps gotten one or two more right. My score was 108, after I remembered to add 60 as instructed. so at least I’m not a total dunce. Thanks. This was fun.

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I hate homework and am delighted to be average. Thanks for the headache. :wink:
See y’all at the tables.

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I think this question depends on your skill level and the dynamics of the table. Against stronger opponents, I would definitely fold this hand unless you plan to min-raise or 2.25x. This hand will often be dominated and will have to fold to 3 bets. It has a tough time facing multistreet bets and often will only function as a bluff catcher. However, against a passive or fishy table, I wouldn’t mind a raise since they probably call with worse and aren’t aggressive enough to double or triple barrel very often. In any case, I would give 2 points to folding and raising since this is such a borderline hand.

Overall, great quiz. It is a great way to get players thinking.

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nice to hear y’all liked it :+1:

in fact, the test is meant to increase in difficulty as you progress. that’s why your score was better in the first half :slight_smile:

oh oops, not sure if you already read the answers, if not you might still try these questions and add the points you got to your total.

you have a good point, but the reason why raising is preferred over folding here is because you are playing 6h. in 6h you need to be more aggressive then in 9h poker. UTG here is middle position 9h. meaning tehre are already 3 less players too worry about. however i agree 100% that it still should be played careful and only for a small pot, i agree as well to raise it small (i lean slightly more towards 2,5BB because you might get too much callers otherwise but still, i agree completely to raise it small from EP). i also like to add that if you are playing against a good player, they should give more credit to an EP raise, making it easier to play a small pot. but still, even though it’s easily dominated. you are ahead most of the time. and if you get a 3bet it’s an easy fold. but the majority of teh time you should be able to pick it up now. and with a worse player present you might even take a little extra value. you might also get little extra value from the blind calls
and to completely take away your doubts. if you look at teh question, it’s already mentioned you are playing 2NL, in other words, you ARE playing against fishy players. of course there are some good players there as well, but you could say that of any table. the most important part is that the majority of the time, you aren’t.

besides this, you seem like a good player to me, so what was your result of the test?


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well done :+1:

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Thank you Thank you :slight_smile:
Was so close to the higher level though. But I’m very happy with the result. And truly enjoyed the test. Thanks @yiazmat

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very nice to hear you scored well and you enjoyed it.
may i ask what your exact score was?


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I have to admit, some of my answers were wild guesses. But overall I did pretty well :slight_smile:
It’s a long test. But totally worth it. And yes it does get more difficult towards the end.

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120 although I didnt understand a lot of the abbreviations or pot odds calculations
Where is the scale of what a score of 120 means/