Quiz of the Week: Value from Sets

    • awishformore
      awishformore
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      Hello fellow PokerStrategists!

      Playing pocket pairs for value is one of the first things you learn when dealing with basic strategy. In the beginning, sets make up a considerable part of your winning rate.

      Once you've hit your set, it feels like your luck has finally turned around. You have been waiting for ages and - naturally - you can't wait to get all your money in. This leaves a lot of room for beginner mistakes, though.

      Being too passive and trying to trap your opponent every time you've finally hit this evasive hand on the flop is amongst the most common mistakes to be made. Slow-playing a set can be very fruitful in the right spot, though.

      At the same time, being too impatient and aggressive at the wrong moment can mean that you lose substantial value and thus fail in achieving your goal of extracting maximum value.

      Can you dodge the pitfalls when it comes to getting your opponents to pay the maximum for your sets?

  • 13 replies
    • buhhy
      buhhy
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      Joined: 15.09.2009 Posts: 127
      Nice quiz, got 34/36, so looks like I can play my sets decently.

      So i guess folding a set is almost always out of the question?
    • tokyoaces
      tokyoaces
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      Joined: 01.04.2009 Posts: 1,883
      I'm not so sure that quiz was actually written for NL10 or I must be playing on way different sites than the author.

      When fish take such strong lines, especially on the flop, they have much better ranges than the author gave in their answers. A lot of the answers assume the players are playing much stronger cards than they do in reality.

      Also, what's up with the full stacks? Maybe the author meant NL100? ?(
    • aloofkid
      aloofkid
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      Joined: 09.06.2009 Posts: 44
      You have achieved a total 31 of 36 possible points. This corresponds to 86 %!

      Question 7:

      PartyPoker $10 NL Hold'em (10 handed) HandRecorder v0.9b

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($10)
      UTG+1 ($10)
      UTG+2 ($10)
      MP ($10)
      MP1 ($10)
      MP2 ($10)
      CO ($10) TAG
      BU ($10) Calling Station
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 9 , 9
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, CO calls $0.40, BU calls $0.40, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.35) A , J, 9 (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.90, CO calls $0.90, BU pushes all-in, Hero...?

      call (3 Points)
      fold (0 Points)


      Your answer fold (0 Points)

      I fold here no matter what happen :P
    • andyb43
      andyb43
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      Joined: 23.07.2008 Posts: 903
      Originally posted by aloofkid
      You have achieved a total 31 of 36 possible points. This corresponds to 86 %!

      Question 7:

      PartyPoker $10 NL Hold'em (10 handed) HandRecorder v0.9b

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($10)
      UTG+1 ($10)
      UTG+2 ($10)
      MP ($10)
      MP1 ($10)
      MP2 ($10)
      CO ($10) TAG
      BU ($10) Calling Station
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 9 , 9
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, CO calls $0.40, BU calls $0.40, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.35) A , J, 9 (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.90, CO calls $0.90, BU pushes all-in, Hero...?

      call (3 Points)
      fold (0 Points)


      Your answer fold (0 Points)

      I fold here no matter what happen :P
      So you fold a set every time a big bet appears with overcards? UR losing $$$
    • fun101rockets
      fun101rockets
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      Joined: 01.06.2008 Posts: 1,162
      i got 29 out of 36 b/c i did not pay attention to the villian discriptions
    • taavi1337
      taavi1337
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      Joined: 29.05.2009 Posts: 2,920
      This is awesome! I'm a FL player, I filled the test quickly and got 32/36 which is the best result ever for me. I'm not doing that well in FL quizes :D .
    • Fongie
      Fongie
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      Joined: 02.12.2006 Posts: 4,978
      You have achieved a total 36 of 36 possible points. This corresponds to 100 %!

      Oh yeah baby. Finally a perfect score on one of these :f_cool:
    • ronekinky
      ronekinky
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      Joined: 25.04.2008 Posts: 533
      33 of 36 possible points. This corresponds to 92 %!

      im dissapointed ;(
    • nafar84
      nafar84
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      33 coz I folded to a bet/raise/push in front of me in Q4... interesting insight on that one though.
    • ronekinky
      ronekinky
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      Joined: 25.04.2008 Posts: 533
      nafar84

      yeah i think it was the same for me.. :) i figured if there is ever a spot to fold the set... but no..
    • jonnyquest
      jonnyquest
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      Joined: 21.09.2009 Posts: 285
      This is the second quiz I've done now and again I did quite poorly. 26 of 36. I found the explanations very helpful and I've started getting more value from my sets. Is there a place on the site where I can do the older quizes?

      Thanks
    • Deusvox
      Deusvox
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      Joined: 26.10.2009 Posts: 1
      I noticed that every time hero is in position, would the game changes when ur oop and how to play then uh? I get sets more times in oop than in ip and its hard for me to extract max value.
    • Katu1900
      Katu1900
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      Joined: 06.07.2009 Posts: 349
      You have achieved a total 30 of 36 possible points. This corresponds to 83 %!


      weee =[