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188                            PIQUET.
good; for whoever has the point, whether eldest or youngest, counts it first; but if the points be equal, neither can count; it is the same when the players have equal tierces, quarts, quints, &c, and whoever should hold several other sequences, either of the same goodness or lesser, cannot count them.
After the elder hand has counted the point, he should examine if he have not tierce, quart, quint, &c, and then if any quatorze, or three aces, kings, &c, that he may reckon them, should his adver­sary not hinder him by having better.
The points, the tierces, quarts, quints, &c, are to be shown on the table, that their value may be seen and reckoned; but you are not obliged to show quatorzes, or three aces, kings, queens, knaves, or tens.
After each has examined his game, and the elder, by the questions asked, seen every thing that is good in his hand, he begins to reckon. The carte-blanche is first reckoned, then the point, next the sequences, and lastly the quatorzes, as well as three of aces, kings, &c, after which he begins to play his cards, counting one for each, except it be a nine or an inferior card.
After the elder-hand has led his first card, the younger shows his point, if it be good, also the sequences, quatorzes, or threes of aces, kings, &c, and having reckoned them all together, he takes the first trick, if he can, with the same suit, and counts one for it; if he cannot, the other turns the trick and continues; and when the younger hand can take the trick, he may lead what suit he pleases.
A good player is principally known from an indifferent one by his manner ; and it is not pos­sible to play well without knowing the strength of
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