## Complete Example Hand #1

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Player A 9Гўв„ўВ , 9Гўв„ўВ¦, 9Гўв„ўВЈ, QГўв„ўВЈ, JГўв„ўВ¦, 10sГўв„ўВ , 8Гўв„ўВЈ, 7Гўв„ўВ¦, 2Гўв„ўВЈ, AГўв„ўВЈ, AГўв„ўВҐ
Player B KГўв„ўВЈ, KГўв„ўВ¦, KГўв„ўВ , QГўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВЈ, 5Гўв„ўВЈ, 5Гўв„ўВ¦, 4Гўв„ўВ , 3Гўв„ўВ¦, 3Гўв„ўВҐ

Conditions: The knock card is the AГўв„ўВЈ. Player A had won the preceding hand and is on in one game whereas Player B is on none.

Play of the Hand:

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ His problem is how to convert his three melded hand into ten melded cards before allowing his opponent to do so. He notices that the only run he has is a three card set of 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs, and he has only one opportunity to buy the fourth card here, not two. If he eliminates this from the rest of the cards in his hand the only other combination is the ace, ace, deuce of clubs. Either manner in which he fills this combination, with either the aces or the 3Гўв„ўВЈ will again leave him with the type of run to which one card can be added for the fourth meld. Basically, this is, at least at this point, a very unattractive gin hand. His consideration is how to turn it into a better one. With all of his unmatched cards he notes that by eliminating the QГўв„ўВЈ every one of the other four cards together with his three 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs are combined in such a manner that they could give him up and down runs. This would be a much better situation obviously. This hand, since the odds favor his playing aggressively, should be played to develop the combinations. Since there is ample time to develop the gin hand, he will play this hand with safety and also attempt to give his opponent dead runs when possible. This type of hand does not envision his winding up with three aces or the AГўв„ўВЈ, 2Гўв„ўВЈ, 3Гўв„ўВЈ run. Therefore at this point he will play the hand in such a manner as to try to develop these up and down color runs around the nine and eliminate his chances of developing a second halfway dead run with the aces. He will also play cards that are relatively safe, and if his opponent does take his first discard, he will have given him a so-called dead run. His throw therefore would be the AГўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ He notes that his three kings are the type of run that leave him only one opportunity to buy the fourth card rather than an up and down color run. His only other possible melds at this point are the 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs, and the 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs, or the 3Гўв„ўВ¦, 4Гўв„ўВ¦, 5Гўв„ўВ¦. It is a hand that does have ample possibilities for development, especially with the amount of time normally taken to develop a gin hand. He also has the QГўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВЈ, which can be used in conjunction with his three kings. Until such time as he is faced with a problem in throwing safe cards he has a hand that can be played in a fairly aggressive manner at this particular time. He has no use for the AГўв„ўВЈ, and therefore goes to the deck and picks the 10Гўв„ўВҐ. This card, at this point, would be a most unlikely throw for him. He can get by with the card, but if he does, it would be solely a matter of luck. If his opponent picks the card, he is now starting out in a most difficult situation. In the first place, he does not know what the card is being used for and would be at a loss as to what to do with any card he subsequently picks that could in any way be associated with the 10Гўв„ўВҐ. In playing a gin hand, he must definitely play to have some control over his opponentГўв‚¬в„ўs hand. If he threw the 4Гўв„ўВ , which is another completely useless card to him at this point, he would be in the same position. He would not know what it is being used for; he would have not control, and would be at a terrible loss should he pick up any other card that could in any way be associated with the 4Гўв„ўВ . Not only that, but if his opponent picked it, he would not know if it were for 4Гўв‚¬в„ўs, or whether it would be for the 3Гўв„ўВ , 4Гўв„ўВ , 5Гўв„ўВ . So, he will not throw this card. Since he is playing this hand defensively because of a scoring disadvantage, he considers his two safe cards, KГўв„ўВЈ, and KГўв„ўВ . Once they have been played the KГўв„ўВ¦ would be a relatively safe card.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls a 6Гўв„ўВ¦. This is an ideal combination for him and his discard is the AГўв„ўВҐ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks up the QГўв„ўВ¦. He now has extra combinations, and his KГўв„ўВ¦ has become a safe card for the following play so he throws the KГўв„ўВЈ.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the 8Гўв„ўВҐ. Although this card gives him a combination with the 8Гўв„ўВЈ, it is not the kind of combination he is looking for. Neither does he want his opponent to take this card from him since in doing so he could tie up the other two 8Гўв‚¬в„ўs that he is looking for in his hand and he could also tie up the 9Гўв„ўВҐ. He definitely does not want to throw this card at this point. The most reasonable safe card for him to throw in view of everything played up to now is the QГўв„ўВЈ. The king is gone so he is holding the 9. If it were to be for a club run it would be a dead run, which is the exact position he would like to have his opponent in. If it were for queens, it could only be the kind of run in which there will be one card to buy the fourth meld to rather than two. So, considering everything, the QГўв„ўВЈ is the proper throw.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Goes to the deck and buys the JГўв„ўВҐ. Since his opponent has already picked what appears to be a run from him, Player A now decides to play slightly more conservatively than before. He decides that his JГўв„ўВ¦ should be his throw because he considers that he has already had three 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs instead of an up and down run. If he retains his pair of jacks and buys another jack, he would have another three-card meld which again would provide only one way to fill the run. This is not an ideal gin situation to be in, so either way, the card could give his opponent only a dead run. If it were for jacks, he has the fourth jack so he could never get more than three jacks. If it were for diamonds, it could only be in the 10, J, Q of diamonds run since the K has already been played, and he has the 9 in his hand. So throwing the JГўв„ўВ¦ is the best choice in this situation.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 8Гўв„ўВ  from the deck and releases the JГўв„ўВЈ.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the 4Гўв„ўВҐ, which is a wild card. He has no choice at this point but to throw the JГўв„ўВҐ. He knows that his opponent has queens; therefore it is most unlikely that he will use the JГўв„ўВҐ to go with the QГўв„ўВҐ. Player A has the 8Гўв„ўВҐ, so if his opponent picks the JГўв„ўВҐ it could only be for the 9Гўв„ўВҐ, 10Гўв„ўВҐ, JГўв„ўВҐ. In view of the fact that player B has queens, it would be a dead run. He has nothing to lose by throwing this card.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Obtains from the deck the 9Гўв„ўВҐ. Although he would now be throwing a card which is not from a pair, it is the safest card in his hand, at this point, other than his three queens. This is due to the fact that he has enough control over the card to know that it could only used by his opponent for tens and not for a heart run. There is little sense at this point in breaking his three queens. There is also no sense in increasing the number of points in his hand by breaking these queens, especially in view of the fact that his opponent will score in two games while he was on schneids. However, he does have to play with some form of aggressiveness, while he still has a chance to win his hand. Therefore, he throws the 10Гўв„ўВҐ.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws from the deck the AГўв„ўВ , which he discards.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks from the deck the 4Гўв„ўВЈ. This card is of definite help to him, but he still is not ready to give up playing his hand to win. Therefore, he throws the 9Гўв„ўВҐ. His control of this card is not as great as it was on the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, so if his opponent takes it, he does not know whether it is for the 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs or whether it is for the 7Гўв„ўВҐ, 8Гўв„ўВҐ, 9Гўв„ўВҐ meld.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Takes the 9Гўв„ўВҐ discard, and throws what for him is a relatively dead card, the 10Гўв„ўВ .

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the AГўв„ўВ¦ and discards it.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks from the deck a 5Гўв„ўВҐ. He now has an opportunity to throw a card, which again would be a dead run for the other player, the 8Гўв„ўВҐ. If he uses it for his 8Гўв‚¬в„ўs, he obviously cannot get the fourth 8 since Player A is holding the 8Гўв„ўВЈ. If he uses it for the 6Гўв„ўВҐ, 7Гўв„ўВҐ, and 8Гўв„ўВҐ, it wouldnГўв‚¬в„ўt make any sense since Player A has the 9Гўв„ўВҐ tied up and also has the 5Гўв„ўВҐ in his hand.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws from the deck the 6Гўв„ўВ , and in view of the previous play, he throws the 8Гўв„ўВ .

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he buys the QГўв„ўВҐ. Knowing that his opponent is holding queens, he discards the 8Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the JГўв„ўВ  and since it is a safe card, discards it.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the 8Гўв„ўВ¦ from the deck. He now has seven melded cards and the choice of throwing either the QГўв„ўВҐ or 2Гўв„ўВЈ. Since everything has been in his favor toward winning the hand, he does not need at this time to break up his one gin combination which is the 4Гўв„ўВҐ and 5Гўв„ўВҐ. Short of picking gin he would like nothing better than to pick another 4 or 5 which will double his opportunities of ginning his hand. The AГўв„ўВЈ has been played. The 2Гўв„ўВЈ of course could give his opponent 2Гўв„ўВЈ, 3Гўв„ўВЈ, and 4Гўв„ўВЈ run or three 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs, although he doesnГўв‚¬в„ўt know which. Since he has no further information on his opponentГўв‚¬в„ўs hand at this time, other than the queens, it would not be appropriate for him to throw the QГўв„ўВҐ yet. If he discarded the QГўв„ўВҐ and his opponent took it and then he picked another 4 or 5 he would be in a terrible dilemma as to whether to throw the 2Гўв„ўВЈ or play it safe. He considers that he is better off throwing the 2Гўв„ўВЈ. If his opponent takes it, he can then decide whether to throw the QГўв„ўВҐ in or not.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Pulls from the deck the 6Гўв„ўВЈ. He has now the choice of throwing from his hand the 6Гўв„ўВ , which would be the safest card that he can throw at this time since it would give Player A a dead run with 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs or with spades, or even the 5Гўв„ўВ¦. The 5Гўв„ўВ¦ is not quite as safe a card though. It would be a dead run if it were 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs, but it could give his opponent a four-card diamond sequence. Not giving up any opportunities to make the hand by discarding the 6Гўв„ўВ , he throws it.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the 2Гўв„ўВ¦, which he throws.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Selects from the deck the 7Гўв„ўВ . Sevens have not been played as of yet, although the card is certainly dead from the spades. Player B has learned that his opponent has been discarding cards from 8Гўв‚¬в„ўs up and also aces and 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs. No cards have been played by his opponent between a 3 and an 8. It is then probable that his opponent needs the 7Гўв„ўВ . In view of his own holding, if he were to retain the 7Гўв„ўВ  he could throw the 4Гўв„ўВ  which is slightly safer than the 7Гўв„ўВ  from the standpoint of spades, whereas the 7 is dead in spades. He could also throw the 5Гўв„ўВ¦ which is still far from a dead card. His decision at this point has to be whether he should try to stop his opponent by playing to the wall, or play his own hand. Outside of knowing that his opponent has 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs, he knows nothing about his hand. Player B does not have the fourth 9, so his chances of playing a wall hand and stopping his opponent are very slight. He must therefore play to win his hand, and take reasonable chances. The proper play is to throw the 7Гўв„ўВ , and hope that his opponent does not need it.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Goes to stock and buys the 5Гўв„ўВ . He is now completely combined, but he has to consider whether to throw in the QГўв„ўВҐ or not. With the score in his favor, the cost of losing the hand would be negligible compared to what he stands to gain by winning, so Player A throws in the QГўв„ўВҐ and takes full advantage of his opportunities to win.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Takes the QГўв„ўВҐ discard, since he needs seven melded in order to win his hand. He has a choice of throwing either the 5Гўв„ўВ¦, or the 4Гўв„ўВ . The cards are equally safe, so he elects to throw the 4Гўв„ўВ .

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Obtains from the deck the 7Гўв„ўВҐ, which he throws.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he buys the 4Гўв„ўВ¦ and gins his hand.

In Summation Гўв‚¬вЂњ Player B has won this hand by playing in a manner that gave him a reasonable opportunity to win, while at the same time playing with some semblance of safety, while understanding that the odds were against him. He did not play in a purely defensive manner. If he had, he never could have won this hand. By breaking his three kings at the beginning of the hand, he was not playing to the wall, nor was he playing in what could be called an out and out defensive manner. He was playing to win, taking full advantage of the time that is allotted in the course of an average gin hand rather than trying to take advantage of whatever cards happen to fall into his hands by the luck of the deal.

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