January 11, 2020

*** This hand was suggested by Gougie00
50-44*  ?
Total votes: 186
4920 votes

Joined: April 2008

Saturday 4:04 AM
All right I will step into the batters box. I like keeping the 4-4-5 together and since a three or six cut will get me a dozen thats enough for me to split the eights. With these positions I will lead the four and only take fifteens and goes here. If it was an eight point hand I would jettision that pair. dec
365 votes

Joined: February 2009

Saturday 4:53 AM
No reason to keep only 4 points to discard the dangerous pair of eights-we still are open ended with the 445 and the q-8 should be a pretty safe toss
1611 votes

Joined: March 2016

Saturday 5:14 AM
Tossing 8-Q at this position. Expected averages favor this selection of retention and discard, too.
2538 votes

Joined: June 2013

Saturday 5:20 AM
Dealer is in position, but only just. Q-8 could help to knock him/her off their stride, and allow me to take the relative lead.

With the location of a second 8 and a 7 known, I'll lead my 8.
1508 votes

Joined: March 2009

Saturday 6:01 AM
Dealer in marginal position, we are not going to get to Hole 70, so defense it is, although a favorable cut could get us around the corner
577 votes

Joined: February 2009

Saturday 6:04 AM
Agree with those above. 8-Q is a strong defensive discard. Keep the 4-4-5 together which is open both ends. Will lead the 4c.
4317 votes

Joined: March 2008

Saturday 6:37 AM
I happened to be sitting next to Statz when dealt this hand. Dave said he'd throw the 88 because we needed offense. I tossed 8Q, and ended up getting only 4 points.

Positional puzzle, and I am lousy at taking the calculated risk.
2875 votes

Joined: October 2008

Saturday 6:43 AM
safest discard with maximum potential upside possibility
744 votes

Joined: December 2017

Saturday 7:07 AM
-10/+0 I'll try to bilk
Andy (muesli64)
1770 votes

Joined: August 2009

Saturday 8:59 AM
Best compromise I think.
1112 votes

Joined: May 2016

Saturday 11:30 AM
Seems kind of important to play the best DEF possible on the throw with what is dealt. I think that's Q-8. Seems like 8-8 could be like lighter fluid on a campfire.
624 votes

Joined: January 2018

Saturday 1:04 PM
Keeping 4,4,5 together seems better than 4,5,Q. And if you give dealer a pair, that just offsets the 2 points you get by keeping the 5,Q. So, this wast a tough decision.
375 votes

Joined: April 2019

Saturday 1:23 PM
The (8-Q) discard seems so much better then the (8-8) discard. Giving up 2 pts in hand, but avoiding putting much more than that in Opp's crib.
462 votes

Joined: January 2019

Saturday 1:29 PM
Unsuited Q 8 to crib where it will hopefully do no harm. Just checked the turn up, am still happy with my throw.
4235 votes

Joined: October 2007

Saturday 3:19 PM
Playing Defense I'll throw 8-Q and keep 4-4-5-8. Playing Offense I think it will be 4-4-5-Q (8-8):

4-4-5-8: 2pts - 4¼pts (Schell: 4.31) = -2¼pts

4-4-5-Q: 4pts - 6¾pts (Schell: 6.82) = -2¾pts


4-4-5-8: Improves with 2222, 3333, 44, 555, 6666, 7777, 888 + 15xXs = 39 cuts = 39/46 = 84.8% up to 6/12pts with 2222, 3333, 44, 6666, 7777 = 18 cuts.

4-4-5-Q: Improves with AAAA, 2222, 3333, 44, 555, 6666, 7777 + 15xXs = 40 cuts = 40/46 = 87.0% up to 8/10/14pts with AAAA, 3333, 44, 555, 6666, QQQ = 20 cuts.


Dealer is bang on positional hole but we're 10pts short of where we need to be. So I'll play Offense.


Both will peg reasonably well playing Offense.


4-4-5-8 has a starting value ½pt better than 4-4-5-Q. They both have a similar number of cuts for improvement but 4-4-5-8 has 18 cuts for 6/12pts while 4-4-5-Q has 20 cuts for 8-14pts. Playing Offense I'll risk the 8-8 throw.
4003 votes

Joined: February 2008

Saturday 3:38 PM
At 50-44* playing an Offense strategy for the pegging the dynamic expected averages and Win/Loss %s are:

Offense___Hand_Pegs__Crib___Total___W5 %____W6 %

Offense______L5 %____L6 %

4-4-5-8 is better for expected averages by 0.56pt and although 4-4-5-Q is better for Win %s 4-4-5-8 is much lower for Loss %s. So I'll select 8S-Q to discard.

After the 7 cut I'll lead the 4C and play Defense:

Lead__________Dealer's Pegging Pts.
3774 votes

Joined: November 2008

Saturday 3:40 PM
Choosing off., off., off calls for discarding the defensive 8-Q. How can that be offense? If offense amounts to the most potential combined points (potential pegs, hand score, less the crib score), the 8-Q discard provides that. Today as so often in live play, when RAS tosses two mid cards, the starter card is the card I fear most. Hello 7! Dealer has position with little to spare at hole 44 (2nd Street CPZ 43-47). Moving down the board, low-scoring discard to opponent crib, are the best things I can do on this hand. If dealer were at hole 41-42, would have chosen a defensive pegging strategy. Here will take what I can though want to avoid long run or a triple. Will lead the 8 spot, eliciting a X-point response, then it's a four spot for count of 22. See where that goes. Often results in a run of three and a go. Once in a while it even finds a single four spot in the dealer hand. Put the count over 15 with the X-pointer as didn't want to make the count under 15 with the play of a four spot. What I describe is quite common with players favoring advancing the count past 15. There are many chances to take advantage of this tendency in live or electronic play. Try it. You'll like it!