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Importance of Starting Hand Analysis Explained

Author Akshita Date 12 Dec 2019
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Importance of Starting Hand Analysis Explained

Rummy is a game that entirely depends upon the skills and strategies players employ. A high skill level and deep understanding of the game is one of the main reasons why seasoned players can win multiple games in a row. To develop appropriate rummy skills, you not only need to have theoretical knowledge of the game but also need to practice regularly to develop those acquired skills. And one of the basic tricks to master when playing online rummy is appropriately analysing your hand.

Nobody has control over the hand dealt with them, and thus it becomes even more imperative to analyse your opening hand appropriately. The outcome of a rummy game depends on your skills apart from how well you interpret your hand before the game begins. A scenario that most players dread is getting a weak hand. Tactfully playing your moves is the key to win in such situations, but for that too, you must know your hand well. Here are some examples of starting hands and why identifying them is essential before making your first move.

  1. The Perfect Hand

    A hand where you have all the desired cards to make appropriate melds is called a perfect hand. It merely requires you to sort and re-arrange your cards into valid sets or sequences within one or two moves and declare the game. It is the dream hand for rummy players and usually consists of more than one pre-made sequences. You need to be highly observant to interpret such a hand at the beginning of your game, especially when you are the first one to make a move. Before you make a declare, double-check to verify whether you have the proper melds made. Your meld needs to consist of at least one pure sequence (without using Joker Cards) to be considered valid. You rarely get a perfect starting hand, but whenever such a situation arises, you must get the most out of it.

  2. The Winning Hand

    The winning hand is the one where most of your cards are ideal to complete valid melds. In this type of deal, you may already have exact cards to make at least one sequence along with a Joker Card to help complete your melds. It is better to make the pure sequence with cards already in hand during your first couple of moves. Then proceed to make your remaining moves while making the best use of Joker Card before you declare and win. The chances of winning a game increase when you are dealt with a hand construing most cards desired for a valid meld. Developing appropriate skills to identify the winning hand before beginning your game helps you plan appropriate strategies. It would help you efficiently finish your game in 5-6 moves and emerge as a winner.

  3. The Good Hand

    A deal where you get cards that do not make a valid meld initially but constitute a Joker Card can be called a good rummy hand. Here you must employ useful tactics to complete the game before your rivals(s). Try and make the pure sequence first before you utilise the joker for other combinations. In such cases, usually, the beginners opt for a middle drop as they do not fully understand the tricks of the game. But, if you are good at devising strategies with an ability to examine your hand thoroughly, you can make the best use of your cards dealt to win the game. Understanding your cards, in the beginning, is extremely important here as it aids you in applying appropriate tricks while playing the game.

  4. The Difficult Hand

    It is the hand that most players usually despise, but is ideal for testing out your rummy skills. Here you need to discard a lot of your initial cards to form valid sets/sequences, but you may get a joker to help form the melds. You must be well-practised to play and win with a difficult hand. But the best part about getting such a deal is that it helps in honing your rummy skills. Of course, just like any other hand, you must be able to analyse and identify a difficult hand in the first instance. It helps you to be prepared in advance to rack your brains while playing the game. It is a hand where players might use a middle-drop, but a smart player tries to avoid that situation too. To win with a tough starting hand, you must be skilled in bluffing and turning the rummy tables in your favour.

  5. The Weak Hand

    It is one hand that even the most skilled players dread. Here you might get the worst of cards that absolutely cannot be used to make proper combinations. There are no Jokers, and no two cards relate to each other. Just like the perfect hand, there is a scarce chance that you may get a weak hand, but even if you do, it is advisable to opt for the initial drop. It would help in reducing your overall loss in the game. Only the extremely experienced players take a chance at testing out their skills on a weak hand, and that too when they are playing at a lower stakes table. A weak hand is the best way to practice your skills, but only when you are playing for a very low stake.

In a Nutshell

All in all, a player may be dealt with any combination of cards. These may or may not necessarily fall into any of the above categories. For successfully emerging as a winner in rummy, it is essential for you to well-analyze your starting hand so that you prepare yourself to play online rummy accordingly. Once you start practising the game regularly, it will hardly take you any time to make the perfect starting hand analysis of your rummy game. You can follow the above examples to master starting hand analysis and keep practising to improve your game.

Happy Gaming!

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