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Test Your Blackjack and Poker Knowledge with This Quiz

24 August 2007

Answers:

1) A -- Fewer decks in blackjack usually yield better odds for the player, but watering down the rules can more than make up for it. The 8 deck shoe has a 0.38% house edge over a perfect basic strategy player. The double deck game with its squeaky tight rules, has a 0.68% house advantage.

2) B –- With both a 4-flush and an open end straight draw on the flop, you'll make one or the other 54% of the time. If you miss on the turn, your chances drop to 32% going to the river.

3) B –- You'd need to hit two cards from 3 through 7 on both the turn and the river. It's 16%, or a 5-to-1 shot.

4) B –- Doubling with 11 vs. 10 makes 50% more profit than just hitting. This play is your costliest mistake of the four listed.

5) A –- When you're dealt "big slick" in Hold'em, you've got three chances to hit any one of six cards (3 Aces and 3 Kings) on the flop to make "top pair". That'll happen one time out of three – a 2-to-1 shot.

6) A -- With a six deck shoe, the first 25 cards would have to be non-10s before the odds against the dealer having one in the hole would be under 2-to-1 (191-to-96), thereby making Insurance a profitable bet.

7) A –- When you have A/2/3 in Omaha and two low cards come on the flop with one high card, you'll end up making the "nut" low two times out of three.

8) B -– With pocket Jacks, any one of three "overcards" (Ace, King or Queen) could come on the flop, probably ruining your hand. If you count the times that a Jack flops along with an overcard, your Jacks are just about 50-50 to remain boss on the flop.

9) D –- An 18 is not a winning hand overall. There's nothing you can do with a 10/8, but a 9/9 and an A/7 usually should be split, or hit, or doubled.

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

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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:

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