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88-97*  ?
Total votes: 274

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2041 votes

Joined: June 2013

Saturday 3:14 AM
Two fewer points than 5-J-Q-K but:
-More helpful cuts,
-Better pegging options with four distinct card values, rather than 3 cards worth 10,
-What feels to me, (others with the charts/tables can prove/disprove), a safer discard. I'm thinking particularly about the negative delta of a 5 and J both being out of circulation.
1116 votes

Joined: March 2016

Saturday 3:28 AM
I like starting with 9 points rather than 7 points and a maximum of 17/18 vs. 17 points. Let's see what Ras and Hal have say for today's hand.

4372 votes

Joined: April 2008

Saturday 4:01 AM
This is more about a non cut for opponent. I mean little to no points in the hands for them. Playing to win still. Four lead. dec
3798 votes

Joined: March 2008

Saturday 5:14 AM
A philosophical question of how lucky you feel. Feel like a JQK will be cut, play it that way. If you want to play a little defensive toss KQ.

Lead the 4
330 votes

Joined: December 2017

Saturday 6:00 AM
This is the better balk and still a very good hand.

Definitely defense after the cut, I'd lead the 4 and drop the 5 asap. J for an out.
2916 votes

Joined: April 2011

Saturday 6:53 AM
What horus93 said.
Andy (muesli64)
1451 votes

Joined: August 2009

Saturday 6:59 AM
Normally 4 - 6 is better but too risky in this position.
1117 votes

Joined: November 2014

Saturday 7:15 AM
I need to stop opponent so safer Q-K today.
3744 votes

Joined: October 2007

Saturday 2:20 PM
It seems to be 5-J-Q-K (4-6) vs. 4-5-6-J (Q-K):

5-J-Q-K: 9pts - 5˝pts (Schell: 5.34) = +3˝pts

4-5-6-J: 7pts - 4˝pts (Schell: 4.49) = +2˝pts


5-J-Q-K: Improves with 555 + 13xXs = 16 cuts = 16/46 = 34.8% up to 12/16/17pts with all cuts. Plus 12 hearts for 1pt extra for his nob = 12/46 = 0.26pt.

4-5-6-J: Improves with AAAA, 3333, 444, 555, 666, 7777, 9999 + 13xXs = 38 cuts = 38/46 = 82.6% up to 11/14/16pts with 444, 555, 666, JJJ = 12 cuts. Plus 12 hearts for 1pt extra for his nob = 12/46 = 0.26pt.


Dealer is in position (+1pt) and we're way behind we need to hold points in the hand but also keep Dealer short in the pegging and crib. I'll peg defensively.


I think we can peg Defensively with 4-5-6-J by leading the 4 and using the J as an out card and try to split the 5-6 up.


4-5-6-J has more cuts for improvement and still 12 cuts for 11-16pts but 5-J-Q-K starts with a full 1pt more and the 16 cuts for improvement all score 12-17pts. Although the 4-6 is riskier I'll go with it.
3512 votes

Joined: February 2008

Saturday 2:27 PM
At 88-97* playing a Safe strategy for the pegging the dynamic expected averages and Win/Loss %s are:

Defense___Hand___Pegs____Crib___Total___W1 %___W2 %

Defense______L1 %___L2 %

5-J-Q-K is better for expected averages by 0.56pt and is slightly better for Win %s and Loss %s so I'll select 4-6 to discard.

After the 3 cut I'll lead the K and play Optimally (cautious offense):

Lead___________Net Pegging Pts.
3282 votes

Joined: November 2008

Saturday 8:29 PM
HalscribCLX shows the numbers. With opponent already at hole 97 and dealing, I'll diverge from the above by choosing def., def., SAFE. Will lead the Jack rather than the K. The Jack is the most frequent X-pointer pitched to crib by dealer and chances for pairing are minimized. That occurs with 10-J, J-Q, J-J, 5-J and the Jack is favored over the King with small card or mid-card toss. Don't want dealer to pair my King and dealer will hold the K with hundreds of hands ( A-2-3-J-Q-K, A-A-4-10-J-K, 2-3-4-J-Q-K, 6-7-8-J-Q-K, ad infinitum. You can test this statement by taking a deck of cards and pulling a variety of hands which include a 10-J or J-Q with a King with any three other cards. You'll run out of space on an 81/2x11 sheet of lined paper to list all the hands. When you look at them on your deal, the King will remain and the Jack will be in your crib. So will lead the Jack and advance the count with the Q. That gives opponent less ability to read my hand. After seeing my J-Q in succession, the hand could go up from the Queen or down from the Jack. If I advance the count with the King, the read will be Queen remaining. Play all the angles. If you do that regularly you will improve your winning percentage. That applies to other cards as well If you show me 2-4, I read a trey If you show me 3-4 instead, the hand can go either way and you complicate the "read".