## Complete Example Hand #2

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Player A 4Гўв„ўВЈ, 3Гўв„ўВЈ, 2Гўв„ўВЈ, JГўв„ўВ¦, 10Гўв„ўВ¦, 9Гўв„ўВЈ, 8Гўв„ўВҐ, 8Гўв„ўВ , 6Гўв„ўВЈ, 4Гўв„ўВҐ, 3Гўв„ўВҐ
Player B KГўв„ўВЈ, KГўв„ўВҐ, KГўв„ўВ , 9Гўв„ўВ , 7Гўв„ўВ , 7Гўв„ўВҐ, 5Гўв„ўВ , 5Гўв„ўВ¦, 2Гўв„ўВ¦, AГўв„ўВ¦

Conditions Гўв‚¬вЂњ First hand of the game and knock is the 10Гўв„ўВ  which means the hand is played for double value.

General Comment Гўв‚¬вЂњ From the appearance of these two hands, Player A could knock and win his hand within two plays while Player B would have to go at least three plays. He would have to pick one of his runs as well as a small card. In two plays Player A could also pick two runs which, with his one already melded run, enable him to go down after two picks. Therefore, on the surface, Player A has the best of the deal.

Play of the Hand:

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Discards the 9Гўв„ўВЈ as his highest unrelated card.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks from the deck the QГўв„ўВ . He now has the problem of discarding. Because of the fact that his opponentГўв‚¬в„ўs first throw was the 9Гўв„ўВЈ, Player B then has to find out why. Was it the highest unrelated card in his opponentГўв‚¬в„ўs hand? If so, chances are that he has some combination higher than a nine. It certainly isnГўв‚¬в„ўt the kings since you as Player B already have the kings. It could be the queens, jacks, or 10Гўв‚¬в„ўs or any combination of them. The 9Гўв„ўВЈ may also be a salesman. Player A may be looking for the 9Гўв„ўВ¦, 9Гўв„ўВҐ, or the 9Гўв„ўВ . He may need it for a lower combination such as 7 and 8. He may also need it for the 10 and Jack. If he needs it for the ten and Jack, he would also need the queen in the same suit. He may also need the queen for the pair of queens. If Player B were to throw the QГўв„ўВ , and his opponent takes it, he will have increased his own problem, since he has only minor control over the card. He would not know if his opponent picked it for queens or for the 10Гўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВ , QГўв„ўВ  run. If it is for the 10Гўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВ , QГўв„ўВ  run he does have some control over the fact that he has both ends of such a run protected. If it is for queens, then he would not know whether on the next throw he could throw the 9Гўв„ўВ  if he were fortunate enough to pick the seven. So the card poses some problems. Now you have to look at the advantages and disadvantages of the discard at this point being the 9Гўв„ўВ  rather than the QГўв„ўВ . Since the 9Гўв„ўВЈ has been thrown by his opponent, Player B knows that he is not saving nines and therefore, it cannot be used that way. If his opponent is holding the 10Гўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВ , and the 9Гўв„ўВ  is taken, he would have a layoff with the QГўв„ўВ . Of course, his opponent could be holding the 8Гўв„ўВ  10Гўв„ўВ , but in this case he still has a layoff with the 7Гўв„ўВ . He also knows that his opponent most likely will not discard the 8Гўв„ўВ  for some time, so the combination of 7Гўв„ўВ  -9Гўв„ўВ  is relatively valueless to him. Since he has definite control by throwing the 9Гўв„ўВ  rather than the QГўв„ўВ , he decides to make that his discard.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Goes to the deck and buys the KГўв„ўВ¦. The KГўв„ўВ¦ is a basically useless card to him at this point in the game. He is certainly not interested in picking a four-card run. It is also at this point relatively safe since he has some control over it. He knows that if his opponent picks it, it could only be for the Kings. He throws the KГўв„ўВ¦.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ He has his first major decision to make in this hand. Should he pick the KГўв„ўВ¦ for a four-card meld or not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this? The advantage in this case in picking the KГўв„ўВ¦, and throwing the QГўв„ўВ  is tremendous. In so doing, he is not giving up any possibilities of buying his second run. He would also put himself in the position of being able to knock immediately on picking his second run, and he has five possible cards that will allow him on his next pick to knock. By figuring the number of cards that are presently in play, he can deduce the number of cards in the stock and figure the odds on his picking a knock in the very next pick or in the next two or three picks. The fact that his opponent may use a live card at this point is secondary, since he is anxious to knock as fast as he can and win this hand. The QГўв„ўВ , although it is a live card, can only be used for queens. So Player B would, at least, have the knowledge of what the card is used for and would not be getting himself in trouble. So his obvious play at this time, because of the great odds in his favor is to pick the KГўв„ўВ¦ for a four-card meld and throw the QГўв„ўВ . There are many cases where it is not to your advantage to pick a fourth card on a run but youГўв‚¬в„ўll see that in following hands.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the QГўв„ўВҐ. He knows that his opponent is holding Kings. Most likely the KГўв„ўВҐ is tied up with the Kings, therefore the KГўв„ўВҐ, JГўв„ўВҐ can be eliminated. He knows from the QГўв„ўВ  just thrown that his opponent is not saving Queens. Therefore, the only combination he should be concerned with now is the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, JГўв„ўВҐ. However, even though his opponent has picked one card, Player A is in no position to play this hand defensively and start protecting. He has no choice but to throw the QГўв„ўВҐ which, although a useless card to him, it is also the safest card he has to throw.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the 6Гўв„ўВҐ. Now he has to evaluate the advantages of keeping the 6Гўв„ўВҐ in his hand against any other card in his hand, regarding the opportunity to knock quickly. The 6Гўв„ўВҐ only adds one way to the combination. There is another card which he can throw from his hand which will not give up any more than one way while at the same time be a little safer and that is the 5Гўв„ўВ¦. It does not make sense to throw the 7Гўв„ўВ  because if he does he is giving up three possibilities to improve his hand, the two other sevens, and the 6Гўв„ўВ , while gaining only the 8Гўв„ўВҐ. The 5Гўв„ўВ¦ however only has two possibilities, the 5Гўв„ўВЈ, and the 5Гўв„ўВҐ. He still has the 5Гўв„ўВҐ as a possibility when he keeps the 6Гўв„ўВҐ so he is only giving up the 5Гўв„ўВЈ. So, it is no more advantageous to hold the 5Гўв„ўВ¦ than to hold the 6Гўв„ўВҐ. It is safer to hold the 6Гўв„ўВҐ because while it can be used in a color run, the chances of its being used for a pair of fives are one to two as compared to the 6Гўв„ўВҐ being used in combination with a pair of sixes. In other words, there are three 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs available to his opponent and he may be holding any two of them whereby the 6Гўв„ўВҐ would give him a run. There are only two 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs available though and his opponent would have to be holding both of them in order to use the 5Гўв„ўВ¦ for three 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs. Therefore, Player B discards the 5Гўв„ўВ¦.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Pulls from the deck the 8Гўв„ўВ¦. Since he is still playing most aggressively in order to knock his hand as quickly as possible and Queens and 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs have been established, he would be most foolish at this point to break his 10Гўв„ўВ¦, JГўв„ўВ¦. In addition, neither the JГўв„ўВ¦ nor the 10Гўв„ўВ¦ can be considered safe from his viewpoint since neither Jacks nor Tens have been played, nor has there been any indication that his opponent is not holding them. The mathematically safest cards at this point would be one of his two 4Гўв‚¬в„ўs but throwing one of these would be giving up too much from his hand in the way of buying his second meld. He must, therefore, continue to play aggressively and throw the most useless card in his hand, which is the 6Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Obtains from the deck the 4Гўв„ўВ . If he were to throw the 7Гўв„ўВ  at this point, he would be giving up two ways to improve his hand, which are the other two 7Гўв‚¬в„ўs. He would not be giving up the 6Гўв„ўВ  because that would still give him a run. By retaining the 4Гўв„ўВ , he would add to his hand the possibility of the 3Гўв„ўВ  for a run, so that by throwing the 7Гўв„ўВ  instead of the 4Гўв„ўВ , he would also be giving up one additional way out of his hand. Also he would be throwing a card that is twice as safe as the 4Гўв„ўВ . Of course he could always throw the 6Гўв„ўВҐ, a safer card than either of the two. In fact, he knows from his opponentГўв‚¬в„ўs throw that his opponent cannot use it for 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs. His opponent may have thrown the 6Гўв„ўВЈ as a salesman looking for the 6Гўв„ўВҐ because he may be holding the 4Гўв„ўВҐ, and 5Гўв„ўВҐ. In that case though, he knows he has a definite layoff. He can throwback the fourth King at this point and keep all possible ways in his hand. If he does this though, he is eliminating the possibility of his being able to knock with one pick. So it is not to his advantage. By throwing the 6Гўв„ўВҐ he is giving up two ways and adding one way with the 4Гўв„ўВ . So, he is actually giving up one way just as he would be if he were throwing the 7Гўв„ўВ . A 6Гўв„ўВҐ discard however would be a bit safer than the 7Гўв„ўВ  because if his opponent should pick the 7Гўв„ўВ , he would not know what his opponent picked it for. Taking this all into consideration, he decides to throw the 6Гўв„ўВҐ.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Goes to the deck and picks the 3Гўв„ўВ . The 3Гўв„ўВ  is a very valuable card to him. It provides him with another combination or set of combinations because it gives him an opportunity to fill the three 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs as well as to buy the AГўв„ўВ  or 4Гўв„ўВ . In addition, it now gives him a combination of four cards adding up to ten points or less, which means that he also is now in a position to knock in one additional pick. Player A would thus like to keep the combination that his opponent is most likely to throw to, and retain the opportunity of picking the card to complete the combination from the deck. Obviously, it would be the top diamond run, since those cards have been established and the 4Гўв‚¬в„ўs have not been. Now for the first time, he gives some thought to the safety of the plays that he is going to make. He does not want to give up this advantage by throwing his opponent cards that will enable him to knock before he can achieve the one pick he is looking for. In view of that, the card that is most unimportant to him at this time and the safest card in his hand is the 4Гўв„ўВҐ. He knows that it cannot be used for a heart run and the only way it can be used is for his opponent to be holding both the 4Гўв„ўВ , and the 4Гўв„ўВ¦. He throws the 4Гўв„ўВҐ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws from the deck the JГўв„ўВ  which is a complete wild card at this point. It is considered wild in the sense that no jacks have been played. He does know that it cannot be used for a spade run since the QГўв„ўВ , and the 9Гўв„ўВ  have been played. Therefore the only way it can be used is if his opponent is holding Jacks. Now he must consider whether his opponent is the kind of player who at this stage in the game would be holding combinations of cards as high as jacks while throwing fours, or whether he is a safer player. It is an evaluation that he will have to make, and quickly. Secondly, if he holds this card, what card would he throw? There is no card he can throw without giving up a major portion of his chances to immediately win his own hand. In view of all the factors, plus the fact that this is the first game of the set, he discards the JГўв„ўВ .