In rummy, it is critical to understand the level of your opponent for a favorable outcome.
How a Professional Opponent Approaches the Game?
A professional player who plays the Indian rummy game begins by estimating the cards that you hold. He will take into account all the cards that are on the table. A seasoned player will almost always have an idea.
In case you are facing off against a professional player, you need to keep in mind that you will have only the first few rounds to get the cards desired.
Once the opponent gauges your cards, your chances will get slim because your opponent won’t let those cards slip through so quickly.
Also, once the first 3-4 rounds are up, the only way of getting the cards you so desire will only start coming from the closed deck.
However, no matter how experienced someone is, it’s not a sure shot way of winning every game.
You can always play better than your experience opponent; it’s just that you would need to be extra careful and fast when deciding and making your moves.
How a Novice Approaches the Game?
As opposed to that, if you are playing against a player of mid to beginner level, such an opponent will tend to focus mainly on his cards, and the chances of his discarding a card that you desire are often higher than that of when you are playing against a seasoned rummy player.
A novice will often discard cards that you need because they are only concerned about their sets/sequences and don’t bother much about blocking their opponents.
A Secret Tip
It’s great to have an idea about your opponent’s level of expertise; however, there is one more thing that’s very important—Level of Fatigue!
Rummy is a game requiring a lot of patience and players often end up tired because of having to concentrate on the game for long periods.
Therefore, keep a check on when your opponent starts showing signs of fatigue and miscalculates his moves and then use that to your advantage.