Gin Rummy Tip #3 and last one md3harris 2/5/2002 5:13:00 AM
Live by the Boot, Die by the Boot.
Booting (baiting) - the art of throwing a card hoping opponent will throw a similar one. ie 8 of hearts wanting the 8 of diamonds.
We all do this, not really a tip there, but while this is a great strategy it can cost you as many games as it can win you. From personal experience I've found it best to get your boots (bait) out early. After the drawing of a few cards boots become very dangerous in that they could get your opponent down and you not have any players at best. At worst you gin them.
Only at beginning of game will I boot with a small card (under a 5). Later in the game your opponent has surely picked up small ones like yourself and a boot is normally a card you don't have cover for. Better to break up pairs or knock. (especially if you need more than 1 card to gin. tip #1)
Don't let the boot become your major strategy, more often than not it will cost you games.
Also there are things called vertical boots... which i love btw. Meaning throwing a qeen of hearts to get a jack or king of hearts.
For those that have played a lot, they know certain things happen when certain cards are thrown. QUEENS BRING KINGS.... DUECES BRING ACES and vice versa
GIN TIPS SUMMATION (short version for lynn, lmao)
Tip #1.. if it takes 2 to gin... KNOCK
Tip #2.. Always watch the score and play accordingly
Tip #3.. Live by the boot, die by the boot
Never pick up cards bigger than a 5 unless it fits in a run, never go for gin unless you only need 1 card, never boot late into a game unless you know the card is safe.
Good Ginning Gang
May all your boots return what you need!!