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Test Your Blackjack and Poker Knowledge with This Quiz

18 August 2007

Most experts agree that blackjack and live poker are the only two casino table games that can be beaten outright. So let's test your blackjack and poker knowledge to see if you have what it takes to win. Following are nine multiple choice strategy questions pertaining to blackjack, Texas Hold'em and Omaha Hi/Lo Split.

1) Your local casino offers an 8-deck blackjack game in which the dealer stands on soft 17, you can double on any two cards including after splits, and you can re-split a pair of Aces out to four hands. They also have a double-deck game where the dealer hits on soft 17, but you can only double on 9, 10 or 11. You cannot double after splits and you can all pairs, including Aces only once. Which game is better for the player?

A) 8-deck shoe
B) Handheld double-deck

2) In Texas Hold'em, you're dealt Jd/10d in the pocket. The three card flop is 2d-8c-9d. Your combined chances of making either a straight or flush by the end of the hand are:

A) 33%
B) 54%
C) 71%

3) In Omaha Hi/Lo Split you hold A/2/Q/Q. The flop is 8-9-K. Your odds against making the "nut" (best) 8 low at the river are:

A) 3-to-1
B) 5-to-1
C) 7-to-1
D) 9-to-1

4) You play perfect basic strategy blackjack except for just four certain hands that you always misplay. Which error will hurt your overall game the most?

A) Doubling down with 8 vs. 6
B) Just hitting 11 vs. 10
C) Standing with 12 vs. 2
D) Standing with 16 vs. 10

5) You've been dealt A/K in Texas Hold'em. Your odds of flopping the "top" pair (an Ace or King) or better are:

A) 2-to-1 underdog
B) even money
C) 3-to-2 favorite

6) You're playing the first hand off the top of a new shoe in a seven-handed blackjack game. The dealer has an Ace up. You've got Ace/9 and there's not a single 10 on the table among 15 cards. You should:

A) Just sit tight with your 20
B) Take Insurance
C) Insure for one-fourth of your bet

7) This time in Omaha Hi/Lo, you have A/2/3/Q and the flop is 7-8-K. Your odds of ending up with the "nut" low are:

A) 2-to-1 favorite
B) Even money
C) 3-to-2 underdog
D) 2-to-1 underdog

8) You've got pocket Jacks in Hold'em. The odds that an Ace, King or Queen (but no Jack) will come on the flop, putting your Jacks in serious peril are:

A) 2-to-1 in favor of
B) Even Money
C) 3-to-2 against

9) You're playing three simultaneous hands at blackjack. The dealer has a 9 up. Your hands are 9/9, A/7 and 8/2. Your correct plays are:

A) Stand, stand and double
B) Split, stand and double
C) Stand, hit and double
D) Split, hit and double
E) Stand, stand and hit

The answers will appear next week.

Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

Books by Fred Renzey:

Blackjack Bluebook II

> More Books By Fred Renzey

Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

Books by Fred Renzey:

> More Books By Fred Renzey