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January 24, 2011



                              THE CHARLESTON—PART C

The Charleston is always exciting, because you never know what you’ll get. It offers the player about 21 mostly new tiles, and out them all, usually you’ll get at least one that will be of value to your hand.

But many times the Charleston offers tiles that are useful for two good options for hands and you are faced with the need to decide between them. It can be a dilemma. So here are some guidelines that can help you decide.

Usually, choose the easier hand. So

A) Choose the hand that has the greater number of tiles.

B) Choose the Exposed hand over the Concealed hand.

C) Choose the hand that has no gaps—tiles that you already have that are the start of each combination the hand requires.

And here’s the most critical criterion.  Since Pairs are the nemesis of many hands,

D) Check the card. Choose the hand that requires no Pairs over the hand that requires one or more Pairs. Or

E) Choose the hand that requires the fewest number of Pairs.

F) If your hand contains the Pair or Pairs the hand requires, stay with that hand.

Follow these suggestions and decision of which hand to choose will be easier. I guarantee it… Good Luck!

Til next time…

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