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    Online Gin Rummy Is Much More Secure Than Playing Gin Offline

    Gin Rummy Strategy   Play Gin-Rummy Online

    Online Card Play is Much More Secure
    In any land-based card game you need to worry about multiple card tricks that your opponent may pull out of his sleeve. When you play cards online at this site, there's no need to worry about card tricks. In this virtual environment the cards are generated randomly with each shuffle and are kept within a heavily firewalled server. Cards are only transmitted as needed in an encrypted secure fashion to the correct player only. The site's military-grade heavily firewalled Sun Microsystems servers employ a 24-hour continuous monitoring.

    How to Notice and Counteract Cheating in Land-Based Gin Rummy
    Gin Rummy is a game of skill and even a very good cheat will not be able to beat the best Gin player in the country. Learn to protect yourself from the cheats and you will be able to play winning games.

    Bottom Stack Trick
    Watch out for the bottom stack. When a cheater deals, he picks up the cards and leaves an full meld on the bottom of the pack. Then he gives the pack a superficial shuffle without touching the bottom four cards. He cuts about one-third of the pack off the top and puts it on the bottom. Then he offers his opponent to cut the pack and, which is usually done at about the center, and thus the wanted meld ends up near the top and each player in the deal receives half of this meld. The cheat knows two of the cards in your hand, while you have no idea that he has two of the same meld. You might discard one of those cards in the course of the game, giving the cheat his meld. Or he will throw you one card from the meld, aiming to underknock you by laying off that fourth card on your meld. This trick is one of the most common ones as it is so easy to do. Even an honest player might shuffle and cut the cards the same way without intenting to fool you. Protect yourself against the bottom stack by shuffling the cards before letting the dealer shuffle.

    51-Card Deck Trick
    This trick may seem somewhat primitive but it is one of the common cheating strategies. When detected it can be made to look like an honest mistake. When the cheat cracks open a new deck of cards, he leaves one card behind. He knows the value of that card. The advantage is trivial only on the surface. For example if the card left in the box in the box is 6 of spades, the cheat will know not to make a meld of sixs. Plus he knows that the chance of getting a meld in a sequence involving the six of spades is nill. There are three such melds : the four-five-six, the five-six- seven and the six-seven-eight . This makes 5 dead melds out of a total of 96 melds in the game. This is an awesome advantage.

    There is also a possible psychological trick. If the missing card is discovered in the box in the middle of the game, the cheat can easily blame you. Protect yourself against this trick by counting the cards before you start to play or look in the box.

    No Cut Trick
    Some cheats keep a group of cards at the top of the pack, shuffle some cards over them and then deal without offering the deck for the cut. The effect on the game is the same as in the bottom stack. Don't take your eye off your game.

    Dealing from Half the Deck Trick
    When the cheat knows what the top cards are, he shuffles, you cut, and instead of completing the cut he picks up the lower part of the deck and deals from it. Then he completes the cut by putting the remaining cards of the lower pile on the top. It looks like an informality, but the cheat now knows exactly what cards are coming up. Don't let anyone to deal from half the deck. Insist on completing the cut before the deal starts.

    Signaling Trick
    He may look like a real kibitzer. But make sure to watch your opponent like a hawk when you're playing for money. Make sure that no one who can see your hand is signaling to your opponent.

    Signaling is often done by both amateurs and experts. It is very easy and effective in Gin Rummy because your opponent only needs to find out whether you have a high or low count in unmatched cards. A clandestine signal system is hard to detect. If you suspect that signals are being passed, make sure to play your hands while keeping your cards close to your chest.

    Peeking at Two Cards Trick
    This is one of the most blatant violations of the game. Reaching for his draw from the deck, the cheat pretends to fumble and lift two cards instead of one. This might not be dangerous at the beginning of the game, but at a critical stage of the play, that glance at your next card is all he needs to know. Spread the deck fanwise to protect players against this violation. If the violation does occur, the rules of Gin Rummy provide that the player who has committed it must show his opponent the card he just picked. This rule temporarily makes an honest man out of the cheat.

    Marked Cards Trick
    Some amateur cheats will bend the corner of certain cards or dot them with a pen. Don't play with an old or defaced pack of playing cards.

    Trick of Cheating on the Count
    The practitioners of this trick will keep a fair score sheet until the count gets too close for comfort. Then, knowing that one point is often the difference between winning and losing a game with its big-money bonuses, they will misrepresent their points in unmatched cards and, holding them in their hands, fan them casually before you. They will then toss them back onto the deck. Insist on all unmatched cards being placed face up on the table, separate them from the melds and count them yourself. Check the addition of points both at the end of the game and at the end of each hand.

    The Counterfeit Meld Trick
    Examine your opponent's meld carefully to ensure that there is no jack of spades between the king, queen and ten of clubs.

    Protection Against a Crooked Gin Deal
    When you play Gin Rummy get into a habit of reshuffling the deck when it is offered to you for a cut. Remember though that the dealer is entitled to the absolute last shuffle if he feels like it.

    How to Beat a Gin Rummy Hustler
    The Gin hustler is a player who only plays with inexperienced opponents. He wins because he is a superior Gin player. There is a way to beat a Gin hustler: stop playing him until improve your gin skills.

    Play Gin to Win instructs gin rummy players in the intricacies and nuances of gin rummy in order to improve their knowledge and skills in the play of this particular game. It covers all aspects of the game for both face-to-face and Internet competition. Teaches how to play percentages, count cards, use of the "upcard", speculating, knocking, reading opponents' body language, cheating and courtesy. With appropriate illustrations and some interesting anecdotes. Also explains straight gin rummy, Oklahoma, Hollywood, and Oklahoma/Hollywood.

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