I finally broke down and took McEvoy’s quiz (on limit holdem) I am happy to report he scored 85%. I did have a real problem with one of his answers: 5 callers, you have AQ on the button. He says just call. I say raise most of the time. You probably have the best hand, and almost certainly at least second best. A raise in position will often get you a free turn or river card if you want one. You may lose the blinds with a raise. Assuming you have a sufficiently large bankroll for the game, what have you got to lose by raising? Have I been doing it wrong all these years?
I got 18 out of 20 on the quiz, and have never played limit hold’em in my life. Don’t know how this affects the “value” of the quiz—all it is really is one guy telling you how he plays hands in the games he plays in. That being said, I BEAT YOU!!
If you refer to Tom’s quiz on Pokerstars.com, it is for beginners. We asked for an easier quiz this time.
Many of these guys limp in on garbage and you should raise to magnify their mistakes. About one third of the time you flop top pair with an excellent kicker. There will be a small percentage of the time where you will flop a decent draw considering the pot odds. Your little raise pulls into the pot many extra bets with you having the best hand normally. Having the button makes it even better.