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10.  If the younger hand have an ace dealt, it is 21 to 1 that he does not take in two aces, and about 3 to 2 that he does not take in one of them; which holds good in the taking in any three other certain cards. Therefore, suppose that, as it is but 3 to 2 against the younger-hand taking in one card oat of three to save a pique, or a repique, it would generally be good play either to throw one from his point, or discard a king, &c, for the chance of such an event.
11.  It is 17 to 3, younger-hand, against taking in any one certain card ; therefore the odds of not succeeding in this case are so great, that it ought not to be attempted, especially if the winning or saving the cards be risked by so doing.
1.  Suppose you are younger-hand, and have the queen, knave, seven, eight, and nine of clubs : also the seven and eight of diamonds, the seven of hearts, and the ten, nine, eight, and seven of spades ; and that the elder-hand has left a card; keep the five clubs and the four spades, and leave a card; and by taking in the ace, king, and ten of clubs, you repique your adversary.
2.  Suppose you have eight clubs, the ace and king of diamonds, the ace of hearts, and the ace of spades. The younger-hand may have a carte-blanche, by having three quarts from a ten, which reckon first, and therefore is not repiqued.
3.  The highest number to be made of a pique is 82 points. The cards which compose that num­ber are a quart-major in clubs, a quart-major in diamonds, ace, king, and ten of hearts, with the ace of spades. This is only upon supposition that the quart-major is good for every thing.
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