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suit, but is to lead. B should play the nine, be­cause it is only 5 to 4 against him that his left-hand adversary holds the ten; and if he play either the queen or knave, it is about 3 to 1 the ace or king is in his left-hand adversary's hands, and consequently he'reduces the odds of 3 to 1 against him, to 5 to 4 only.
24.  Vary the foregoing; put the king, knave, and nine of a suit into B's hand, and suppose that A has neither ace, queen, or ten; when A leads that suit, it is equal whether B plays his king, knave, or nine.
25.  Suppose you have ace, king, and three or four small cards of a suit not played, and it ap­pears your partner has the last trump; in this case, if you have to lead, play a small card in that suit, it being an equal wager that your partner has a better than the last player ; and if so, it is probable you may make five or six tricks in that suit; but if you play out ace and king, it is 2 to 1 that your partner has not the queen, and consequently that you make only two tricks, by which you risk the losing of three or four tricks to secure one only.
26.  If your partner lead ace of a suit in which he has the ace, queen, knave, and more, and then plays his queen ; in case you have the king and two small cards in that suit, win his queen with the king ; and if strong in trumps, by clearing the board of them, having a small card of your part­ner's great suit, you gain many tricks.
1. Suppose you are elder hand, and have the ace, king, and three small trumps, with four small cards of another suit, three small cards of the third, and one small card of the fourth suit: lead the single card, which, if won by the last player, will
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