Tip 1: Endgame two-on-one, part
Tip 2: Pegging psychology
Tip 3: Endgame two-on-one, part 2
Tip 4: Reading your opponent's cards
Tip 5: Flush fakes
Tip 6: Endgame pegging, part 1
Tip 7: Endgame discarding as pone
Tip 8: Endgame two-on-one, part 3
Tip 9: Pairing your opponent's lead
Tip 10: Discarding pointers
Tip 11: Pegging quiz
Tip 12: Endgame pegging, part 2
Tip 13: Endgame discarding quiz
Tip 14: Endgame pegging, part 3
Tip 15: Endgame pegging, part 4
Tip 16: Endgame pegging quiz
Tip 17: Endgame two-on-one, part 4
Tip 18: Discarding quiz
Tip 19: Always play it out
Tip 20: Endgame pegging, part 5
Here's a quiz for beginners and intermediate players. All of you experts can take it as well, but shame on you if you miss one.
It's early in the game and your opponent's crib. Which two cards do you toss from each of the following hands? In no case do you have four cards of the same suit.
1. A-2-3-3 will prove best if the cut is a 6 or a 9, but A-2-2-3 is best if any ten-card is cut. Toss 3-7.
2. Toss 9-K, so that your hand will improve on the cut of an A or a 2.
3. Toss 6-10. An A or 2 would not improve your hand enough to outweigh the danger of tossing "touchers".
4. A-2 is not much more dangerous than A-7, and if an 8 comes up, you'll be kicking yourself if you didn't save 2-6-6-7. Toss A-2.
5. Keeping the 4s helps if the cut is an A, 2 or 7. Keeping the 6s helps if the cut is a 3 or a 9. Toss 6-J.
6. No matter what the cut, you can't score higher than by keeping the four 6s. Toss 3-9.
7. I say toss the 6-10. A-2-3-8 is guaranteed to improve with the cut. When your hand isn't worth much, don't give up something dangerous.
8. 4-5-6-J beats 5-J-Q-K only if the cut is a 4 or a 6. Toss 4-6.
9. If I had a strong preference for giving my opponent 4-Q over 10-Q, I'd do it. But I don't. So I'll keep the cards that will give me the better hand on most cuts and toss the 10-Q.
10. You wouldn't seriously consider keeping only four points? Toss 7-8 and cut a face card.
- Text copyright © 2002 by Dan Barlow. All rights reserved.