George "Ras" Rasmussen - Tip #10

SMALL HAND RULE

There are two rules to which the dealer needs to adhere. These will cover more than 95% of all situations encountered when dealing. The first is the small hand rule which pertains to far more than half the hands that are picked up. The small hand rule covers hands of eight or less points and requires thinking of combined values of hand and crib scores. This applies only to your crib and has no application when discarding to opponent. Examples follow:

2-10-4-10-3-5 - Discard 2-3 to own crib. Retain 4-5-10-10. You have six and a guaranteed two points in crib. Is there any other way to start with 8 points? By the way 2-3 has an average to own crib of 7.135.

3-6-8-6-2-J - Discard 2-3 to own crib. Retain 6-6-8-J. Most dealer can start with is four points. Maximize points by putting the strong discard to the crib. Can't justify holding 2-3 in hands such as this for a value of two points when dealing.

4-2-10-9-J-A - Discard A-4 and play 2-9-10-J. Is there any other way to start with five points? Again think of the crib as an extension of the hand (3+2).

8-7-4-6-Q-5 - Play 4-5-6-Q for 7 points and discard 7-8 for two in crib. Is there any other way to start with nine points?

J-3-6-10-7-9 - Play the five points. There is nothing to be gained by trying to do anything for your crib on a hand like this. Half the time you deal, there is no need to struggle with the discard. In hands such as this, just toss the two cards that don't work. Good-by 3-7!

2-5-10-K-8-9 - Hold 2-8-9-10 and discard 5-K. Is there any other way to start with five points? Again think of the crib as an extension of the hand, (3+2 = 5).