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EXPLANATION OF THE FOREGOING CALCULATIONS.
1. As it is 3 to 1 that, being elderhand, you do not take in one certain card; you have, therefore, a better chance of advancing your game, by carrying two suits for points and the cards, than by aiming at quatorze of queens, knaves, or tens.
2. To take in two certain cards elderhand, is 18 to 1 against you, Therefore, suppose you have a quartmajor, and two other aces dealt, the odds that you do not take in the ten to your quartmajor, and the other ace, are 18 to 1 against you; but that you take in one of them is only 21 to 17 against you. And suppose you have three aces and three kings dealt, the odds are 18 to 1 against taking in the other ace and the other king : yet it is not much above 5 to 4 but that you take in one of them.
3. The odds in taking in four certain cards, as four aces, &c, is 968 to 1. But to take in three cards, out of any four certain cards, elderhand, is only 33 to 1 against you. Suppose you have two aces and two kings dealt you, the odds of 
