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PIQUET.                            199
shown six cards for his point; suppose the ace, queen, and four small ones, and you are guarded in that suit ; as soon as you have the lead, play from the suit of which you have the fewest, for the reason stated in case 18, page 194, because thereby you may obtain the cards : but if your opponent be guarded in both suits, you have no chance to win.
In our investigation of the various chances which the complicated nature of this game induces, we must have recourse to the method of calculation adopted in our view of the Lottery of France ; in pursuance of which, we may lay down the different combinations which twenty cards (twelve in the adversary's hand, and eight on the board), admit; thus :
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