## Complete Hand Example #15

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

Conditions: This is the third hand of a game. Player A has already scored in the first two games and if he wins this hand the score will be entered in all three games. The knock card is the 2Гўв„ўВҐ.

General Comment: Player A is aware of the fact that the odds are at least 4 to 1 in his favor and perhaps 8 to 1 in the event of a schneid. The dealer is also aware of the odds. Although both are expert players who normally play a middle of the road game, Player A will play more aggressively and Player B will play more defensively than normal. The advantages to each are increased because of the double value of the hand created by the 2Гўв„ўВҐ knock.

Play of the Hand:

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Discards the 8Гўв„ўВ¦ as the most useless card in his hand, but it is also a salesman. In addition, if his opponent takes it, he will have an indication of what not to play for.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the QГўв„ўВ¦ for a meld and limits his choice of discards to the JГўв„ўВ¦, 9Гўв„ўВ¦, or 8Гўв„ўВЈ. He certainly cannot afford in this hand to open up, even in the beginning, with a totally wild card. Both the JГўв„ўВ¦ and 9Гўв„ўВ¦ have a better safety value than the 8Гўв„ўВЈ, so he throws the JГўв„ўВ¦ as the higher of the two.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks from the deck the KГўв„ўВ , which gives him a meld in either of two ways, either three Kings or KГўв„ўВ , QГўв„ўВ , and JГўв„ўВ . He is not as yet ready to retain the AГўв„ўВЈ as a knock card, so he discards it rather than break any of his possibilities.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the 10Гўв„ўВЈ from the stock, and throws the AГўв„ўВ  as his safest card.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 3Гўв„ўВҐ from the deck and discards it.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 10Гўв„ўВҐ and discards the 9Гўв„ўВ¦ because of its safety factor. While the 2Гўв„ўВҐ has the same safety factor, it was retained both for its knock value and as a lower card.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Pulls from the deck the 7Гўв„ўВ , giving him his second meld. He discards the 9Гўв„ўВҐ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he draws the 4Гўв„ўВ¦. It leaves him with an excellent offensive combination for a two-point knock. To take full advantage of his hand, he is forced to discard the 8Гўв„ўВЈ, which he still has doubt about since the first throw of his opponent was the 8Гўв„ўВ¦.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 7Гўв„ўВ¦. He now has a decision to make. Should he play with seven melded and play for gin? If so, which of his combinations should he break? Or should he play for nine melded and the knock? If he decides to play for gin, he is limited in whichever combination he breaks to just two cards which could gin him; that is, unless he buys a match to one of his combinations. If he discards to play for the knock, he would throw one of his four 7Гўв‚¬в„ўs and be left with an opportunity to buy any one of four cards for his nine melded, two of which would allow to knock on the same pick. Since there is almost no possibility of his winning any game with a gin, he takes advantage of the better odds offered in knock opportunities and discards the 7Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks and discards the 9Гўв„ўВ .

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks and discards the 9Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the 6Гўв„ўВ¦ and knocks with two points. He wins the hand. Player A, counting his losses, makes sure to meld his three Kings and lay off the QГўв„ўВ  rather than meld as a spade run. This cuts his loss from 22 points to 12 points.

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