Complete Hand Example #21

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

Conditions: In this hand, count is no particular problem since both players are on score. The knock card is the 4Гўв„ўВҐ.

General Comment: Even though Player A has a meld, Player BГўв‚¬в„ўs hand appears to be in a better winning position, since all his cards are combined in some way with the sole exception of the 3Гўв„ўВ .

Play of the Hand:

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Since he is playing without the consideration of count, his first discard is the 9Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the JГўв„ўВ  from the stock. This card adds to his hand four additional melding possibilities. He throws the 3Гўв„ўВ .

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the KГўв„ўВ¦, which gives him another combination. He throws his most useless card, the 6Гўв„ўВ¦.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the JГўв„ўВЈ. His problem at this moment is which of the various combinations he is left with should he throw. He would be foolish to break the 7Гўв„ўВҐ, 8Гўв„ўВҐ since 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs and 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs have just been established by his opponent. Also, 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs have been established, so he should break the 2Гўв„ўВ¦, 4Гўв„ўВ¦ either. Both Queens is relatively safe, and as soon as the first one goes through, the second one becomes very safe, so his play at this time is the QГўв„ўВ .

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

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Takes this discard and throws the QГўв„ўВ¦.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the 6Гўв„ўВЈ from the deck, which he discards.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he pulls the AГўв„ўВ  and throws from his hand his safest discard, the 7Гўв„ўВ¦.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 10Гўв„ўВЈ, which gives him another combination. However, at this point he cannot afford to discard a wild card. His QГўв„ўВЈ is dead safe while his two Kings are only relatively safe. Also, by throwing the QГўв„ўВЈ, he leaves himself with two Kings to buy into his hand. If he were to throw the KГўв„ўВ¦, he would be waiting for only the JГўв„ўВЈ, and for all he knows, his opponent may be holding that card. He therefore discards the QГўв„ўВЈ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Buys the 3Гўв„ўВЈ, which is a fairly safe card to him, based on the fact that he has already gotten by with the 3Гўв„ўВ . The question then becomes how much safer is the 3Гўв„ўВЈ than the AГўв„ўВ  at a point where his opponent just threw a Queen. He is apparently not actively looking for low cards. Since the AГўв„ўВ  can be used only in one way, he decides to discard it.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, which gives him his second meld. HE now must decide whether to throw on of his Kings or the 8Гўв„ўВ . He knows that his opponent is holding a heart run which, since he has the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, must include the 8Гўв„ўВҐ. Therefore, he certainly cannot use the 8Гўв„ўВ  for 8Гўв‚¬в„ўs, but only for a spade run. Since it is only a one-way card, it is just as safe as throwing from his pair of Kings, so he might just as well retain the pair for nine melded. He throws the 8Гўв„ўВ .

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Going to the deck, he picks the KГўв„ўВ . No Kings have yet been played and although he holds the JГўв„ўВ , Player B feels that the KГўв„ўВ  is not a safe card, especially since the QГўв„ўВЈ was thrown by his opponent at what is presumed to be a late stage for throwing this card. In other words, it had to come from some sort of combination. Should he now throw the KГўв„ўВ  or the relatively safe 3Гўв„ўВЈ? Although at this point there is no set rule for play, this is when the player who is inclined to be on the defensive side will throw the 3Гўв„ўВЈ. The more aggressively inclined player with throw the KГўв„ўВ  and stay with his chances. Neither 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs nor 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs have been established and for all he knows, his opponent may be holding them, in which case the 3Гўв„ўВЈ would be worthless in his hand. If he throws it and gives up these additional ways he is still left with a very good playing hand. If he throws the KГўв„ўВ  and his opponent needs it, he may gin him, allow him to knock and win the hand, or reduce him by 30 points. With all these considerations to mind, Player B discards the 3Гўв„ўВЈ.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 2Гўв„ўВ . He has a choice of breaking his Kings or throwing one of his other cards. His AГўв„ўВҐ is a dead card and rather than play for the one Deuce that fits between the AГўв„ўВҐ and 3Гўв„ўВҐ, he feels that he is better off holding onto his pair of Kings. He discards the AГўв„ўВҐ.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the 7Гўв„ўВ , which he discards as being fairly safe.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Draws the 3Гўв„ўВ¦. Since two 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs have already been played, he discards the 3Гўв„ўВҐ as the safer of the two.

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

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Buys the 5Гўв„ўВ¦ and now has his fourth 5. He discards his safest card, the 3Гўв„ўВ¦.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Takes the 3Гўв„ўВ¦ and is now faced with the following problem. Should he knock with 4 points or should he play the hand for gin? If he plays the hand, should he throw the 4Гўв„ўВЈ or the KГўв„ўВ ? His hand appears to be a five-way gin hand: the JГўв„ўВҐ, 10Гўв„ўВҐ, 6Гўв„ўВҐ, 5Гўв„ўВ¦, and AГўв„ўВ¦. His opponent knows that he has the heart and diamond runs and Player B must decide whether his opponent is capable of holding up the needed cards. Could he tie them up in runs? Player B has not seen 10Гўв‚¬в„ўs played; his opponent can be holding the 10Гўв„ўВҐ in a run. Some 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs have been played, but it is possible that his opponent can have the 4Гўв„ўВҐ, 5Гўв„ўВҐ, 6Гўв„ўВҐ. Also, 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs have not been played, so his opponent more than likely has his 5Гўв„ўВ¦ tied up. Aces have been played, so his opponent cannot tie up the AГўв„ўВ¦. Hearts above the nine have not been played so his opponent can conceivably be holding the 10Гўв„ўВҐ, JГўв„ўВҐ, QГўв„ўВҐ. In this case he ties up the JГўв„ўВҐ as well as the 10Гўв„ўВҐ. It is not an excellent gin hand, but it is still a good one. What can he do as far as throwing a safe card is concerned? The 4Гўв„ўВЈ is as safe as a card can be without being dead. Both the 3Гўв„ўВЈ and the 6Гўв„ўВЈ are gone and he has a four tied up in a run. Therefore, the only way the 4Гўв„ўВЈ can be used would be in a dead run, providing his opponent is not holding the two other fours. The KГўв„ўВ  is not a safe card. Player B must decide at this point, if he throws the safer 4Гўв„ўВЈ and holds the KГўв„ўВ , what he will do if next time he goes to the deck and he picks another card which is not safe and now low enough to knock with. All of these evaluations must be made and made within the same time limit he would ordinarily pick and play a card that does not pose a problem. Remember, it is to a playerГўв‚¬в„ўs disadvantage to take extra time to think though a situation. From the change in rhythm, he is providing his opponent with valuable information. In this particular hand, Player B made his decision to throw the 4Гўв„ўВЈ and continue on with his play.

Player A Гўв‚¬вЂњ Goes to the deck and draws the 6Гўв„ўВ . He immediately discards that card.

Player B Гўв‚¬вЂњ Picks the KГўв„ўВҐ. This is the situation he was afraid of. Does his opponent need the King? Is he sitting with Kings at this point? Does he have seven melded cards, six melded cards, or only three melded cards? He could even have nine melded, in which he cannot use the King. What will be the harm to throw a King that his opponent needs? What are the chances that his opponent does not need a King? What are the possible combinations of cards that he can be holding? Aces were played, 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs were played, and 4Гўв‚¬в„ўs were played. So were 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs, 7Гўв‚¬в„ўs, 8Гўв‚¬в„ўs and 9Гўв‚¬в„ўs played. Player B has the Jacks, and Queens have been played. Therefore Player A could have Kings, 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs, 10Гўв‚¬в„ўs, or 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs. Now what about color runs? He cannot be holding a color run from the ten up in any suit. What about from the nine down? Player A has the hearts, and spades, clubs and diamonds have been played. If he is holding fives, he will not have a color run around the 4Гўв‚¬в„ўs, 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs, and 6Гўв‚¬в„ўs. Under the 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs, what can he have? All of the 3Гўв‚¬в„ўs have been played, so there can be no color runs under the 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs. Therefore, it becomes pretty obviously that the only cards that are out now, assuming that he is holding the 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs and 10Гўв‚¬в„ўs, and that these cards are not all left in the deck, would be Deuces and Kings. Player B has one Deuce in a run, but does not have any Kings in a run. He has two in his hand. It would appear that the odds that his opponent is holding two Deuces would be considerably higher than that he is holding two Kings. To hold two Deuces he would have to have two out of three, whereas to hold two Kings he would have to have two out of two. This makes it slightly more advantageous for Player B to take the gamble and throw the King. But what does he have to gain if he does it? Player B is still in the same position he was in before, and he has one more safe card to throw after this. What does he do if he picks a Deuce from the deck? On the other hand if his opponent is holding the two Kings and Player B sits with the two Kings, his opponent can never win his hand. But if he is holding the two Deuces, it would mean that the Kings are in the deck. Thus, Player B could buy three Kings. Weighing all the considerations at this point, it definitely would appear to his advantage to hold the two Kings and break one of his three runs in a manner in which he would have dead cards to throw, while he is still continuing to improve his hand. Then, if his opponent is holding two Kings, Player B will never lose the hand. True, he would not win it, but at least he would not lose anything. If he is nothing holding two Kings, the only combinations that he can wind up with are 5Гўв‚¬в„ўs, 10Гўв‚¬в„ўs, and 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs. It is true that since Player B has no five or ten in his hand, his opponent can very easily have seven or eight melded cards. In order to gin his hand, Player B must come up with the three remaining 2Гўв‚¬в„ўs in the deck. What are his chances of doing this before Player A can come up with at least one of the two Kings, and any one of the other cards he needs to gin his hand? In the meantime, his opponent may, besides holding his own combination, have or pick from the deck cards that he needs. He, of course, would break his own hand rather than throw in to Player A. He has no idea that Player A is at this time breaking his own hand, unless Player A gives him this indication. Then he may play a little bit loosely. Player B, therefore finds it most to his advantage to break the 2Гўв„ўВ¦, 3Гўв„ўВ¦, 4Гўв„ўВ¦, and throws the 2Гўв„ўВ¦.

Once this play has been made, looking at both hands, we see that this hand will go to the wall. Neither player will break his pair of Kings nor is there any way that any of the Kings can be combined except by Player B who is holding the KГўв„ўВҐ. The QГўв„ўВҐ and 6Гўв„ўВҐ are still in the stock. However, the number of cards left in the deck is so few that by the time he picks either one of these cards, he will either keep his Jack for the fourth Jack or the QГўв„ўВҐ will be discarded as being a dead card since he knows now that his opponent is holding tens. We now have a hand that is played to the bottom or wall. This is not the kind of a hand on which there are any set rules to be followed. The question of an individual playerГўв‚¬в„ўs judgment and in the manner in which a play is made merely express the judgments that an expert player would have used under these circumstances as the hand went along.

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