Dan Barlow - Tip #13

1. 2-4-6-8-10-K

2. 4-5-6-7-8-9

3. A-2-3-6-7-8

4. 2-3-4-9-10-J

5. A-4-5-9-Q-K

6. A-2-3-10-J-Q

Solutions

1. You can score nine points only with the 4-6-10-K.

2. Any reasonable holding gives you many shots at nine points, but the holding that gives you the BEST chance is 4-5-6-9.

3. 2-6-7-8 is slightly better than A-6-7-8, as it wins on the cut of a 5.

4. You have more winning cuts if you save 2-3-4-9 than any other hand.

5. Save A-4-5-Q or (A-4-5-K). This wins if you pair the face card or cut a 5 or a 6. A-4-Q-K may seem equally good and 4-5-Q-K may seem slightly better, but not when you discount the benefits of cutting a J. If the cut is a J, not even your mind-reading abilities can keep opponent from pegging out.

6. Once again, you can't afford to cut a J. Thus, A-2-3-J is a loser. A-2-3-10 and A-2-3-Q win if you pair any of your cards, so you have twelve winning cuts. But 2-3-J-Q wins on the cut of a 2, 3, 10 or K or the right 5 or the right Q. That gives you fifteen winning cuts (fourteen if you are already holding the right Q).