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194                            PIQUET.
attacked in them ; and the odds, that he does take in the ace of either of those suits being against him, it is not worth while to discard otherwise in expectation of succeeding.
14.  The younger-hand having three aces dealt him, it is generally best to throw out the fourth suit.
15.  The younger-hand is generally to carry guard to his queen-suits, in order to make points, and save the cards.
16.  When the younger-hand observes that the elder-hand, by callirg his point, has five cards, which will make five tricks in play, and may also have the ace and queen of another suit, he should throw away the guard to the king of the same, especially should he have put out one of that suit, which will give him an even chance of saving the cards.
17.  Should the elder-hand have a quart to a king dealt him with two other kings and queens, and be obliged to discard either one of his quart to the king, or a king or queen, the chance for taking in the ace or nine to his quart being one out of two certain cards, is exactly equal to the taking either a king or a queen, having three of each dealt him ; therefore he is to discard in such a manner as will give him the fairest probability of winning the cards. This may be deemed a general direction in all cases of the like nature, either for the elder or younger hand.
18.  Suppose the elder-hand to have taken in his five cards, and to have ace, king, and knave of a suit, having discarded two of the same ; and has also the ace, king, knave, and two small cards of another, but no winning cards in the other suits, he should then always play from that of which he has the fewest in number; because, if his adver-
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