Gin Solitaire Example Hand

Posted in Offensive/Defensive Opponents

Take a look at this sample hand of gin rummy solitaire. It will give you a better idea of how you can play gin by yourself in order to perfect your defensive skills.

Deal yourself the following 11 cards: KГўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВ , JГўв„ўВ¦, 9Гўв„ўВҐ, 9Гўв„ўВЈ, 5Гўв„ўВ , 4Гўв„ўВ , AГўв„ўВЈ, AГўв„ўВ¦, AГўв„ўВ , and AГўв„ўВҐ
Opponent’s Hand: 6♥, 5♥, 4♥, 3♥, 10♠, 9♠, 8♠, 7♠, 6♠, 10♦

The first thing you should look for are the cards in your hand that could gin your opponent. You are holding two of those cards – the 5♠, and the J♠. Keep in mind that once you hold five of your opponent’s needed cards you have lost the game. Therefore your major concern should be to develop melds around those two cards. The 5♠ can be used either with three 5’s, or the 3♠, and 4♠, while the J♠ can be used with either the K♠, or the Q♠, or three Jacks. The preference is with Jacks since they can develop to a four-card meld whereas the K♠, Q♠, and the J♠ never can since the 10♠, is in the opponent’s hand. In the same way, the 3♠, 4♠, and the 5♠, can be developed into a four-card meld whereas the 5’s cannot. You should also be concerned with retaining the 9♥, and the 9♠, not for the purpose of buying the third 9 but either of these 10’s could gin your opponent’s hand and you must play for the possibility of tying them up in runs. Since the only way you can win this hand is by tying up your opponent’s cards in your own runs you should consider runs that do not accomplish this purpose as useless. Your best discards are that four Aces you have in your hand.

On your first play you should discard the AГўв„ўВ , and then you pick up the JГўв„ўВҐ, which is a very helpful card since you know how the JГўв„ўВ  tied up. Then throw the AГўв„ўВҐ, and when you draw the JГўв„ўВЈ from the deck, it will give you four-melded cards. Discard the AГўв„ўВ¦, and select the 2Гўв„ўВ¦. Keep in mind that if you pick this card it is important to retain it because you are concerned with the possibility of picking and tying up the 2Гўв„ўВҐ. Discard the AГўв„ўВЈ, and you will pick the 5Гўв„ўВ¦. Then discard the KГўв„ўВ , and you draw the QГўв„ўВҐ, which could be valuable if you pick the 10Гўв„ўВҐ. Since you do not know as of yet whether you will draw the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, or the 10Гўв„ўВЈ first, you cannot afford to throw the 9Гўв„ўВЈ at this point. You will then have a choice between the 5Гўв„ўВ¦, 4Гўв„ўВ , and the 2Гўв„ўВ¦.

Since you are then set up in a possible gin position, you can take the chance that you will not be hit by the 2Гўв„ўВҐ, and you can discard the 2Гўв„ўВ¦. You then pick the 10Гўв„ўВЈ, and throw the QГўв„ўВҐ. You now have six-melded cards and are still in good gin position. You select the 8Гўв„ўВЈ, and discard the 9Гўв„ўВҐ, holding a seven-melded hand that affords you a two-way opportunity for gin, the 3Гўв„ўВ , and the 5Гўв„ўВЈ.

Of course you will be picking different cards throughout your game of gin rummy solitaire, but if you play it consistently you will find this particular game one of the easiest methods of learning proper defensive play.

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