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At seven-card stud poker, you are dealt (K Q) J. The lowcard makes a forced bet and a player with an ace showing makes a small raise. What do you do?

Answer- fold (10)  call (0)  raise (-3)

Explanation- Muck this dog. Even if you catch a spade on fourth street, this would put you only at about even money, and probably for only half the pot.

  1. At seven-card stud, you make an eight low on fifth poker street with (A 2) 5 7 8. Your right-hand opponent shows K 9 2 and bets the size of the pot. The player on your left shows Q J 7. All of you have plenty of money left. What is your action?

Answer-  call (10)  raise (4)  fold (-10)

Explanation- You appear to have a mortal lock on low. A scoop is extremely unlikely, as you would have to backdoor a high hand. It is important that there is extra money put into the pot for you to split with the player who wins high. If you raise, it certainly looks as though the player on your left will be forced t fold. Perhaps a simple call by you will allow him to continue in the pot, which of course is what you want. At seven-card stud, where a player’s direction may be obvious, consider what would be the likely result if you raise when holding a lock. It is often better to not apply too much heat in a multi-handed pot. In addition, your opponent may draw an incorrect conclusion about your hand from failure to raise.

  1. The game is five-card Omaha poker. You are on the button holding A-J-9-6-2. Two players limp in calling the blind. What do you do?

Answer- call (10) fold (4) reise (0)

Explanation- An A-2 combination is nice at high-low split, but the rest of the hand is quite junky. Your ace is not suited, and your back-up card for low is only a six. I prefer a call rather than a raise. Don’t look for trouble. Frankly, Stewart prefers a fold.

  1. At four-card Omaha, you pick up an A-A-9-5 in first position. What is your action?

Answer- call (10)   fold (9)   raise (4)

Explanation- Do not attempt to narrow the field with a raise. Even though you prefer avoiding a multihanded pot, your hand is simply too weak to be shooting it up. Neither of your aces is suited, and A-5 is not likely to win low. Call the blind if you must, but if the pot gets raised behind you, get out.

  1. At Omaha, you are on the button with A-K-4-3. A couple of poker players in early position call the blind. What do you do?

Answer-  raise (10)  call (3)  fold (-6)

Explanation- Your hand has good potential in both directions. A raise is in order. Don’t reserve raises only for hands that contain an A-A or A-2 combination.

  1. At Omaha, you pick up K-Q-J-10 in late position. The player under-the-gun opens for the minimum and the player in front of you makes a full-size raise. What do you do?

Answer-  call (10)  fold (7)  raise (0)

Explanation- This is a clear call. Even though you cannot win low, a good poker hand for high like this one can scoop the pot. The cards you need for high make it likely that if you hit help on the board, nobody will be able to qualify for low.

  1. At Omaha, you are dealt 10-9-8-7 in fairly early position. The player on your right opens by calling the blind. What do you do?

Answer- fold (10)  call (3)  raise (-3)

Explanation-  A typical high-low pot is threehanded, with one player going for high, another for low, and someone getting carved up in the middle. Obviously, high cards aim for high, and low cards aim for low. What does someone foolish enough to enter a pot with middle-sized cards like these aspire to? Don’t be surprised if you wing up in the middle when playing such a hand.

  1. At Omaha, you hold in early position A-K-Q-J. The flop in a fivehanded pot comes A-A-Q, giving you a virtually unbeatable aces full. The first player checks and it’s up to you. Do you check or bet?

Answer- check (10) bet (5)

Explanation- At limit poker you must charge a price to someone who might draw at a backdoor low. At pot-limit you can afford to check. If a low card comes on fourth street, someone who picks up a draw would still be erring by calling your pot-size bet. I think it is superior to check. Maybe someone will make a straight or a poker full house on Fourth Street with a free card, whereas they would have folded had you bet on the flop.

  1. In an Omaha game you pick up A-K-Q3 in late position. Five of you stay for the flop, which is J-6-2, giving you a draw at the nuts low. The first player comes out firing the size of the pot and the second player calls. What is your action?

Answer- fold (10)  call (3)  raise (-2)

Explanation- Whenever you have a low draw with no chance for high, there is the risk of a tie for low. In a three-handed pot, tying with one other player means getting back 75 cents on each dollar you put into the pot; tying with two other players means getting back 50 cents on the dollar. Here the most likely layout is the bettor has a flush and the caller the same low-draw as you. If this is actually so, it would be an error to play. A further drawback to your hand is if the low gets counterfeited on the end by an ace or three, you have no back-up low card and will get zero. I recommend folding this hand.

  1. At Omaha poker, you hold Q-J-J-10. The flop comes down J-7-2, giving you top set. You bet the pot and get a call from the button. On fourth street comes the 6, making a low possible. You prudently check. The opponent bets the size of the pot. There is still plenty of money left. What now?                                                                                               
    Answer- fold (10) call (5) raise (0)

Explanation- Your opponent undoubtedly has made his low and is free rolling for high. Even though your three jacks are still the best possible high, they will almost surely be in jeopardy after fifth street is dealt. There are flushes working  in two suits, and many cards could make a straight. Since there will be no good way to know whether your opponent has scooped or is still poker betting his low when he fires on the end, you will be faced with an unpleasant guess. Here is how the math works. Suppose there is now $100 in the pot and the opponent bets $100. You are simply tying to protect half the present pot ($50) if you call. By calling now and again on the river, $400 more will be put in jeopardy ($100 +$300 more on the end). This means you’re laying 8 to 1 the opponent won’t outdraw you. It is better to fold now than to try and protect that $50 by chasing with a big hunk of your stack.

          You can see by the reasoning used in this quiz that the most important principle of pot-limit high-low split is to aim for the whole pot, both in your selection of starting hand and gain is small, but the amount of exposure is large. Go for all the gelt.
Scoring:                   100= perfect
                                  92-98= very strong
                                  86-91= good player
                                  80-85= not bad
                                  70-79= need more study
                                  0-69= brings lots of money


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