February 9, 2024

*** This hand was suggested by scottcrib
0-0*  ?
Total votes: 258
scottcribThree top options here. Are you going full Colvert?
2039 votes

Joined: March 2016

Friday 4:33 AM
I can't easily give 3-4 to the dealer in this position. Choosing to toss 4-10 and keeping a run of three.
Rosemarie44 says: My cards did not show. 3-7-8-9.
Eolus619 says: Morning…reminder..after you pick your discards …then click “on to the results” …that should do it AND very nice to see you posting again..
Rosemarie44 says: Thank you. I think that I might have gotten distracted! Nice to you see, too.
1378 votes

Joined: February 2009

Friday 4:36 AM
Definitely not keeping the 4 card run to discard the dangerous 3-4- slightly prefer the 3789-if you lead the 3 and it’s matched you obviously have the 9 for 15- there is a chance you can run your 78 for 3 if dealer has 3 littles and a picture
6291 votes

Joined: April 2008

Friday 5:04 AM
Less riskier discard. Chance for twelve still. Three lead for a check play. dec
5669 votes

Joined: March 2008

Friday 5:31 AM
I don't like tossing my opponent 34. Usually makes a bang. I kept the 4 to lead.
1240 votes

Joined: December 2017

Friday 5:34 AM
Alright Colvert I’ll try it your way for the thousandth time… and if I get screwed over just once more, then that’s it!
If you read 0-0* as -6/+11, I think it’s a no-brainer to go this way. The defensive gap of 34 vs 4T or 3T isn’t going to outweigh the superior hand; and I’d say the same thing about the relatively poor defensive and offensive pegging of 789T.

If you read it as -8/+8, probably more of a case to hedge a little bit. Even then, though, I would favor this way. The behind player in a balanced score should etc.

The cut makes me very glad I went this way, even with the 34 in his crib. A five cut should incline you to strong offense at 0-0* no matter what – dealer will usually be pushed up too much for defense to be worth it. Eight lead, go for the ol’ mid-card exchange, for all that it’s highly unfavorable for pone. Starting dealer is pretty far away from shortening the game, so you have space to be a little wild when the situation calls for it.

Yeah sure 4789 or 3789 have cuts for 12. But this is twice as likely to score 12 or more. When your scoring and oppo’s are roughly equally important, and you’re pone, I think you shouldn’t be overly worried about the crib when you can hold a much better hand. The calculus isn’t my hand versus his crib, but my overall scoring compared to the average, versus his overall scoring compared to his average. And when you look at it like that, the crib is just less important than your hand.

I was surprised yesterday that the bot went with an optimal strategy at that spot, but it often does things like that – for example, it’ll read a score as offensive, then switch to defense with a favorable cut, even though most of the humans wouldn’t. I thought A249 would be a better offensive pegger than A559, but the bot didn’t report those numbers; might well be wrong. But to me, the potential for a x-5-5-5 exchange would pull it ahead (though not actually bridge the gap); A249 can trap lows, but not as much as a lot of other LLLM/X hands.

Asked my brother which way he’d throw and he said “either 24 or 55.” You can only pick one dingus! Asked my friend at work, who you could call a skilled kitchen table player, and he thought it was obvious to toss 55. Not to me man, A249 is a very lame hand averaging under 5 points, but at least I know better now.

Third hand of the game with Inushtuk, 32*-22.

I dealt myself 34799K, and naturally threw 34. It’s usually a heart-breaker of a crib toss, but surely the best option there. Hand/crib throw are weak enough that I would play defense even if the cut hit one or the other.

Inushtuk had a much more interesting decision and he spent some time thinking about it. A235KK. I’d say there are three good, defensible choices here:

1.) Toss A2 to hold 35KK. Fairly safe crib throw, and still a solid hand averaging 8.0. Not a great pegger, but not the worst. You have a shot at parleying your kings, or a five exchange.

2.) Toss A5 to hold 23KK, lead the K. This is +0.3 over the 35KK for hand mean. But is that really worth the dangerous throw, even at 22-32*? Leading the X from 23XX usually doesn’t work, though when it does work, it works quite well. Of the three, I like this least.

3.) Throw 5K to hold A23K, lead the K. Call it the mad bomber option. This averages 7.8 for the hand; I think the pegging would make it on top for your own scoring; but is it worth it to throw something as dangerous as 5K? That could push dealer so far up he’s threatening to shorten the game.

It’s tough, but I do like to make desperate plays in desperate situations; some days I would throw 5K, some I would throw A2.

Inushtuk went with the more reasonable A2 to hold 35KK in this particular game.

The cut was a six. Nice, a six point hand now for me, but probably a lame crib. And doesn’t help Inushtuk at all. So I’m on defense, and I’m sure he was on offense, hoping to stay enough forward that a lucky great hand or pegging coup could get him back in the game later.

So it’s my 799K vs his 35KK. Pegging went:


I think there are good arguments for either the trey lead or the K lead. The K lead is going for a five-exchange; the trey lead is going for a two-on-none with the kings. When you consider that I’m going to go out of my way *not* to take a fifteen at this score, if I can, the trey lead looks pretty smart. Offensive pone pegging is difficult in the best of circumstances; it’s really hard if your opponent is playing defense, and you’re holding a fairly poor pegger like 35KK.
For my response – I have 99, 7, or K to choose from. The K’s out; and I don’t really like the seven or the nine much more. The seven because pone tends to hold a five; and the nine because pone tends to lead from a pair. In this case since I have two nines; and 79K looks safeish to hold going ahead; and if he doesn’t have another trey, but plays a X, I’ll get a 31; I played a nine.

Inushtuk played his K; I do think you could argue for playing the five, keeping the KK together, but I acknowledge that it’s a reach of a plan. Writing up that one game with Bozo Mae helped me think more about the second series for sure, since he stomped me bad with that kind of reasoning. You might say “why not play the K and keep the 5K together for later instead?” It’s generally better to save the higher cards for a two-on-none; makes more space for oppo to play his out.

Then I get my cheap 31 with my other nine.

In the second series, Inushtuk leads the “Colvert” 5. It does seem that when the mids you’re seeing from oppo include a nine, the five lead tends to give up a fifteen and not even dodge a trap. But I’m not convinced enough and play it both ways. Also depends on exactly what I see from oppo.

I of course take the fifteen rather than play my seven… and I’ve already seen a K so it’s sort of safe.

But no, Inushtuk does have the third King, gets a pair and a go. Then I play my seven for last.

In the show – Inushtuk counts his six point hand; plus his three in the pegging, he’ll be dealing at 31*.

I got my six point hand; in the crib, the 34 met Inushtuk’s A2 and a 6 cut to make six points, pretty good. Plus five in the pegging, I’m at 49.

So 49-31*, things haven’t changed much. I’m primarily thinking defense, but still have an eye on jumping ahead entirely. Inushtuk has to play white knuckle offense to have a shot at beating the cards, which have not been very fair to him so far.
77 votes

Joined: February 2023

Friday 5:44 AM
Good morning, just couldn't see the 3/4 going to them likely giving them a chance at more points than I'm holding. Kept the 4 for the lead.
Eolus619 says: Good morning to you HowardS..welcome ..encourage you to keep voting and POSTING
Ras2829 says: Hi HowardS: Fast moving train here with few stops along the way. Welcome, hang on, and enjoy the ride.
1281 votes

Joined: June 2020

Friday 5:52 AM
My thinking @ 0-0* is ..if you can’t make it better then don’t make it worse. The 3/10 & 4/10 are on Ras’s list of 46 Pone discards averaging under five ..the 3/4 is NOT. Only 21/46 cuts help my keep and the five is one of them! In a further attempt to not self destruct, I will stay away from mid card leads that might cause a pegging war. So play the trey ..survive the first deal and advance to better hands 🤞
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Annabella says: Thank you for the link -Ras’s classes, they are wonderful! Fantastic info, just what i needed. I appreciate your help. Btw, saw we voted ‘same’ today…maybe I am making progress….ha.
3863 votes

Joined: June 2013

Friday 6:07 AM
3-4-7-8 is a hand with plenty of potential growth prospects, and a protected lead in the 4 card. Sadly, 9-T has plenty of potential growth prospects of its own.

4-T and lead the 3.
133 votes

Joined: October 2023

Friday 7:06 AM
4-10 to the crib for me
2959 votes

Joined: November 2014

Friday 7:09 AM
I'm with Colvet (and horus). As pone first deal, full on offence. I need to get down the board as fast as I can, and the aggressive 3-4 toss leaves me with 6 points with a chance at 14.

Cut bites me, but such is life. I hope this is not one of those hands that RAS refers to when he mentions something like 30% of all games are won/lost on the first hand.
858 votes

Joined: March 2020

Friday 7:11 AM
echo. No need for a 4 card run here to give away 3-4. Toss even cards when I get the choice, and tossing 3's scares me lol
301 votes

Joined: March 2014

Friday 7:25 AM
I took the 4 card run bait and I’m ok with that at 0-0
1428 votes

Joined: July 2016

Friday 8:23 AM
I read it as -8/+8 and will hedge. Whether I keep the 3, or the 4, both leads are covered. I kept the 3 only because it's a key connector. Whether that is best mathematically I don't know. Lead the 3.
Eolus619 says: Mike…i under counted this hand last night..unsuited ..no nobs 5-5-J-K…..Q =
Inushtuk1 says: Hi Bruce. That's 17 as you well know, *now*. Did you get so excited when the cut hit your hand, that you forgot to count the pair? I'm sure I've done similar, 'running with the big dogs' at some tournament or other.
Eolus619 says: YES on the pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..and so obvious...geeez
Inushtuk1 says: I hate it when that happens.
875 votes

Joined: January 2019

Friday 9:27 AM
I kept the run and threw 3 4. I had no idea whether to throw 3 or 4 with the 10, so kept the 10.
Eolus619 says: Hello Ruby..respect your choice..helpful to consider discard avearges as part of the discard evaluation process.. so these three n/d crib discards average 3/10 = 4.63...4/10=4.53..3/4= 5.96 http://www.cribbageforum.com/SchellDiscard.htm
Eolus619 says: clarification..those averages are for the dealer crib after Pone discard
RubyTuesday says: I’m afraid I couldn’t work it out even having looked at the discard tables. It was the end of a long week!
Sgt Pegger
220 votes

Joined: July 2017

Friday 10:10 AM
I chose this way because I prefer the 4 / 7 play over the 3 / 9. But 3,7,8,9, also works for me.
Inushtuk1 says: Hi Sarge. The 4/7 play doesn't leave you with 2 counters if Dealer plays out in Rob's scenario above.
Sgt Pegger says: Fair enough! And like I stated, I am not opposed to the 3,7,8,9 hold I just prefer to hold the 4,7,8,9 instead.
Inushtuk1 says: Fair enough Sarge.
Andy (muesli64)
2210 votes

Joined: August 2009

Friday 10:22 AM
I like 4-10 as it gives me a safe lead.
1062 votes

Joined: April 2021

Friday 1:01 PM
I would sacrifice 1 point for the longer run and keep the small connector card. Would much rather throw (4 10) than (3 4) suited.
MiketheExpert says: Leading low is likely the "offensive" option as first pone, and we can 15-2 if it is paired. Leading the 8, and perhaps even the 9 may be consideration, but I'd avoid the 7 lead.
horus93 says: What happened??? Didn't you throw 56 to hold a hand with a similar average at the same score a few weeks ago? Colvert hangover? I'll keep carrying the flame lol.
MiketheExpert says: I think in order to keep a hand such as (A 2 3 9) you may be referring to? That's to start with a 5-pt run instead of perhaps 2 points for a much safer crib throw. It may be have been (5 ?), (5 6) seems quite dangerous ..If I did, it might have been to show that I can think outside the box, but it doesn't seem like something I would ordinarily do, lol. Difference between that and today, is this is a small sacrifice in hand expected average compared to the RELATIVE safety of the 2 crib tosses, without any loss (in fact what would seem to be a gain) in net pegging potential.
horus93 says: Actually I may be hallucinating, sorry. I could have sworn there was a puzzle where we both tossed 56 to hold some sort of LLLM hand at 0-0*. Like you said may not have been 56... Oh well. Certainly understand the case for 4T; not really convinced either way though. I'd see a point in hand means as a big swing, and perhaps more salient than either the pegging (agree on leading the trey especially against a wily oppo) or the 1.5 point gap in crib mean between 4T and 34. When it comes to "full Colvert" vs "hedge" calls at 0-0*, I really play it differently depending on mood/gut 'cause I'm not sold on either, and both ways seem to work a lot, and also fail a lot. I'm also just not nearly as nervous about tosses like 34 and 68 as a lot of people are, and this is perhaps a mistake. Always enjoy your posts - something I have to look forward to at work, truly.
Inushtuk1 says: Hi Mike. "...perhaps even the 9 may be a consideration..." How do you see it going down positively here with the 9 lead? Thanks in advance?
MiketheExpert says: About the only way I see is that it may lead us to a quicker go if paired or replied with by a face card, and we may be able to avoid the mid-card "pegging war", for example if dealer plays 6 for 15-2, we can lay down the 3, and perhaps score by closing the count with one of our remaining mid-cards, or else somehow "work" the 7-8 into a scoring situation if they are saved for the next round. To me, it is quite speculative, and probably not recommended, but could also be misleading to our opponent as to what the remainder of our hand likely contains.
MiketheExpert says: Hi horus93: Think you are referring to the hand from December 16, 2023. I did indeed toss (5 7) to hold the (A239), which was against the "mathematical" advice of HAL, but possibly something that Colvert may have tried in his heyday... :)
MiketheExpert says: Inushtuk1: As far as opening leads are concerned, if you play a familiar opponent, you may occasionally want to try something confusing and confounding to them, such as leading a 9 with a "strange arrangement" such as this .. Maybe just having them "think" you are a little offbeat and unpredictable can sometimes open up a brand new set of possibilities they wouldn't otherwise entertain :))
Inushtuk1 says: Thanks Mike.
1576 votes

Joined: August 2019

Friday 1:57 PM
Thank you for your comments today.
Inushtuk1 says: Hi Scott. In your opinion, what were the 3 top options? I ask only because we can see 4 up on the screen. Btw; thanks for so many instructive puzzles.
scottcrib says: I see the 9 10 as too weak in this case.
Inushtuk1 says: Thanks Scott.
3236 votes

Joined: October 2007

Friday 2:36 PM
Majority isn't always correct. Two square cards to the dealer.
5547 votes

Joined: October 2007

Saturday 1:05 AM
I think I'll look at 7-8-9-10 (3-4), 4-7-8-9 (3-10), 3-7-8-9 (4-10) and 3-4-7-8 (9-10):

7-8-9-10: 6pts - 5¾pts (Schell: 5.96) = +¼pt

4-7-8-9: 5pts - 4½pts (Schell: 4.63) = +½pt

3-7-8-9: 5pts - 4½pts (Schell: 4.53) = +½pt

3-4-7-8: 4pts - 5¼pts (Schell: 5.43) = -1¼pts


7-8-9-10: Improves with 5555, 6666, 777, 888, 999, 101010, JJJJ = 24 cuts = 24/46 = 52.2% up to 9/12/14pts with 6666, 777, 888, 999, 101010 = 16 cuts.

4-7-8-9: Improves with 2222, 333, 444, 6666, 777, 888, 999, 101010 = 26 cuts = 26/46 = 56.5% up to 8/9/10/12pts with 444, 6666, 777, 888, 999 = 16 cuts.

3-7-8-9: Improves with 333, 444, 5555, 6666, 777, 888, 999, 101010 = 26 cuts = 26/46 = 56.5% up to 8/9/10/12pts with 333, 6666, 777, 888, 999 = 16 cuts.

3-4-7-8: Improves with AAAA, 2222, 333, 444, 5555, 6666, 777, 888, 999 = 31 cuts = 31/46 up to 7/8/9/10pts with 2222, 333, 444, 5555, 6666, 777, 888, 999 = 27 cuts.


As First Pone positional hole is at 18pts so I'll play Offense.

Playing Offense I think 7-8-9-10 will peg best.


4-7-8-9 and 3-7-8-9 are best for starting value by ¼pt over 7-8-9-10. However 3-4-7-8 has by far the most cuts for improvement and 27 cuts for 7-10pts. It also should peg well so I'll throw the 9-10.
5268 votes

Joined: February 2008

Saturday 1:06 AM
At 0-0* playing an Offense strategy the dynamic expected averages and Win/Loss %s are:

Offense___Hand_Pegs_Crib____Total___W9 %____W10 %

Offense______L9 %____L10 %

4-7-8-9 is best for expected averages by 0.12pt. and although 7-8-9-10 is best for Win %s and 3-7-8-9 is very slightly lowest for Loss %s as it's the start of the game I'll decide based on expected averages and select 3-10 to discard.

After the 5 cut I'll lead the 8 and play Offense:

Lead____________Our Pegging Points
Ras2829 says: Note the 47-8-9 pegs slightly better even though 3-10 discard has higher crib average than does 4-10. The increased pegging value of 4-7-8-9 is enough to overcome the lower scoring crib with the 4-10 discard.