Gin Rummy Tip #2 md3harris 1/30/2002 4:56:00 PM
Well, thought long and hard on what my #2 tip would be and played a few tourneys lately and noticed some things that helped make up my mind.
Gin Rummy is a game played to a certain # of points. Therefore consideration should be given to doing 2 things.
1) making pts which we covered in Tip #1 and will cover some more in Tip #3. (the art of booting or baiting) Stay Tuned!!
2) When losing a hand, keeping pts given to a minimum!
How to do this?
easy answer - don't get caught holding big cards, lol
I've found the best way to do this is to start discarding my high cards fairly fast but to do it in a safe and orderly fashion so that if I do give my opponent something they need, I have players.(cards that will play on their run if they knock)
Say i pick up a hand with the king of spades, king of clubs and the queen of clubs. (nice setup right?)
If you say yes, i say i wanna play you, lol, its a good setup for losing 20 or more pts quickly, sometimes a lot more. A gin with you holding just those 3 cards is 55.
The safe and best way to reduce your hand is to get rid of these. In the same king of spades, king of clubs and the queen of clubs setup, my first discard is the king of clubs. If the other player picks it up then you know they have kings, so hold the other king as a player. If not... discard the other king. Finish with the queen. I also use this method near the end of game with small cards in the 5-8 range.
One last thing. ALWAYS take the time to juggle your runs when someone knocks (never assume yahoo is helping you!).... even a pt or 2 saved can be the difference between winning and losing in a close game!
Good Ginning All