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“Keep track of those high cards”

Try and keep track of how many of the high cards are played (Dragon, Phoenix, Aces and maybe even Kings). This can be of great use in the later stages of a hand when you possibly could get the lead with a pair of queens or similar because enough of them has already been played.

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“How Much Is That Doggie?”

If you’re planning on calling either a Small or Grand Tichu and you also happen to have the Dog in your hand, you may wish to pass it off to your partner. Why? Because you cannot win a hand with it, ever and if your partner happens to take a trick, he can then give the lead back to you.

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“"Starting" Player”

When you are “dealing” the cards by having each player take a card at a time off the top of the deck, start with the player who went out first in the previous hand.

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“Breaking Tichus is important, but not the most important thing.”

When your opponent calls Tichu, your first instinct may be to do anything in your power to take the lead from them and bust their Tichu. While this may work sometimes, you can overdo it.

Odds are that if your opponent called Tichu, they have a pretty good hand and possibly even a bomb. If you waste all of your good cards in an effort to take the lead from them, you may be left with trash and unable to go out. If you partner does the same, you could see both of your opponents going out first.

In a case like this, you go down 0-300. However, if you are more careful, you may not be able to prevent the Tichu (and the 100 points that result from it) but you should be able to go out before your second opponent and still get some points.

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“This is a partners game, so help your partner.”

This applies especially when your partner calls Tichu.

Sure it may be nice to have the lead, sure you may think that you’re just trying to get rid of a card or two, but when your partner calls Tichu, your #1 priority should be helping them achieve that goal. Why? Because the 100 points you get from a successful Tichu are more than any points you get from tricks.

So if you have the lead, play something you’re sure they can top. If you have the dog, use it to get the lead to your partner at a pivotal time. If you have the Mah Jong, don’t make a wish because you might ruin a straight that your partner has. Never play on top of something your partner played unless you are POSITIVE that they can top you.

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“If you don't have anyone to teach you the game”

If you don’t have anyone around that can teach you the game (which would be ideal), the iOS app is very useful for learning the rules and general strategies. The AI is also a very formidable opponent once you’re ready to try to improve your skill.

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“Dog, Dog who get's the Dog”

So you got the dog-what do you do with it? Are you the less experienced player of your team? then keep it and when you get the lead if you don’t have an unbeatable play are combo of plays you can use it to pass the lead to your partner. As has already been mentioned you pass it to your partner if you are going for a Tichu or Grand Tichu. If you are not sure of your hand and are not yet comfortable with trying to take the lead or you just want to mess with your opponents pass it to the stronger(more experienced) of your opponents or to the one who called Grand Tichu.

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“General Advice For Most Climbing Games”

Lead low. Finish high. Keep the lead. Have a plan. Expect it to change. Plan for that. Go out first.

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“Odd left”

Agree with your partner beforehand to pass an odd number card to the player’s left and even number to the right(or vice versa). This way you and your partner do not run the risk of passing a bomb to a player.

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“split pairs”

This is an alternate to the odd left strategy. If you have a low pair 2s or 3s usually but can be higher, when passing split the pair and give one to each of your opponents. The most common bomb is 4 of a kind and this guarantees that you don’t pass into a bomb.

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