Shuffle the deck of cards and then reveal each card from top of the deck until all of the suits are shown:
Once completed, place your suit markers onto the suit row (green on green, red on red) from left to right in the same order as the suits appeared.
Note: If a Joker is revealed during the setup, the dealer may call for Secrecy or Suit-for-Suit. see rules for details.
After the cards have been dealt between players (any odd number between 1 and 13); in rummy style, players can start creating melds of cards from their hand that are either cards of the same number or straights of the same suit.
Green, in this example, lays down a 3♠3♦3♣ and 8♥9♥10♥J♥ meld allowing that player to place their chips suit-coordinate grid.
However, on Red's turn, that player lays down a 2♦3♦4♦ meld with a layover 3♥ to hit off of Green's "3" meld, allowing Red to place their corresponding chips on their side of the coordinate grid. Incidentally, this move bumps off two Green chips starting the tic-for-tac tug-o-war struggle for control of the board.
In Gin-Go, it's not only important to use the cards you have in your hand, but to see what cards have already been played and to use them to block, break, or build links of your own.
Do you see which cards will stop Red?
If you look closely, do you see which card will both stop Red and allow Green to make a link?
To win in Gin-Go, you must connect your series of color chips from A to K (doesn't need to be a straight line). A simple task, but only until a player finishes their hand and the link remains unbroken.
In this instance, Green must replace specific connecting chips with their own in order to prevent Red from winning. As long there are cards in hand, there is still a chance to turn the tide and advert defeat.
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