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sides, the probability of winning the cards is greatly in your favour.
6. Suppose you have the queen, ten, nine, eight, and seven of clubs ; the knave and ten of diamonds; the king, queen, and knave of hearts, with the ace and nine of spades, discard the five of clubs ; be­cause it is 3 to 1 that vou do not take in the knave of clubs ; and holding three entire suits gives you a fairer chance to score more points.
7- Suppose you have the ace, queen, and knave of clubs ; the king, queen, and knave of diamonds; the queen and knave of hearts, with the ten, nine, eight, and seven of spades, discard the ace of clubs and the four of spades, because it is only 5 to 4 but that you take in a queen or a knave ; it is also about 3 to 2 that you take in an ace ; you have also three cards to your tierce to a king to take in, viz. the ace and ten, or the ten and nine, to make you a quint; all which circumstances considered, you have a fair probability of making a great game ; whereas, by throwing out the four spades only, you run the risk of leaving one of the following cards, viz. the king of clubs, the ace of diamonds, the ace, queen, or knave of spades ; in any of which cases you would probably lose more points than by throwing out the ace of clubs : and if you should hold two suits, viz. three clubs, three diamonds, and the queen of hearts, you run the risk of putting out fourteen points ; and it is only 5 to 4 against your taking in a queen or a knave, and therefore you would discard to a great disadvantage.
8. Suppose you have the king, queen, and ten of a suit, and your adversary has the ace, knave, and one small card of the same ; and that you have only those three cards left, and are to make three points of them ; plav the ten.
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