The second round of the game began and the order also rotated. The red team and yellow team faced each other first.
The bearded uncle and long-haired woman of the yellow team had lost to the combination of Gao Xiaoyi and Lin Yuhang and were eliminated. This time, the yellow team sent two girls. One had short black hair and the other had a long ponytail. Like everyone else, both of them were wearing masks so their faces couldn’t be seen. Ye Qi couldn’t recognize them by the eyes alone because there wasn’t much communication with the bearded uncle’s team in the last secret room.
The short-haired girl sat at the No. 1 position on the card table, followed by Ye Qi at No. 2, the ponytail girl at No. 3 and Shao Qingge at No. 4.
The four people sat at the card table in turn. The Clubs teenager extended his hands which still wore white gloves and started to shuffle the cards.
Long Sen’s luck in the previous round was so bad that he was eliminated in the first round. Before the start of this round, Ye Qi and Shao Qingge had cooperated with each other to poison themselves. It was unknown if their luck had improved.
Ye Qi looked at the keeper anxiously.
The Clubs teenager wore white gloves and his shuffling was very professional. There was a rushing sound and the playing cards in his fingers quickly overlapped into a ball of light and shadow.
Soon, he shuffled the playing cards and dealt the cards from the No.1 position while calmly saying, “The player who gets 3 of Hearts, please make it clear immediately. After the game starts, you will be given priority and the 3 of Hearts must be played in the first round.”
Since two decks meant there would be two 3 of Hearts, the person who drew it first was the lucky one to play the cards first.
As the cards were dealt, the girl with the ponytail sitting on Ye Qi’s right side showed the 3 of Hearts. She would play the cards first in this round. The order of the cards wasn’t too important and Ye Qi and Shao Qingge didn’t care too much. The quality of the hand was the most important.
The Clubs teenager dealt the cards very quickly and the two decks were dealt out in the blink of an eye.
For those who didn’t know how to play, it would take them a few seconds to sort out the 27 cards and arrange them in the best combination. However, Shao Qingge had sorted out his cards the moment the keeper finished dealing. He smiled slightly and stacked his cards on the table instead of fanning them out and holding them in his hands like the others.
Xiao Lou spoke in Yu Hanjiang’s ear. “Chief Shao stacked his cards on the table. Does this mean he completely memorized his hand and doesn’t need to look at it?”
Yu Hanjiang nodded. “He often plays card games and his related abilities should be very strong.”
Shao Qingge had indeed memorized all his cards. 27 cards weren’t very difficult for him. He had been under too much pressure when he first started his business. In his spare time, he often drank while handling cards and sometimes mixed four decks of cards to play. His ability to remember cards was the same as the masters who often played mahjong and could figure out their opponents’ tiles.
At this time, his 27 cards had been placed in the optimal combination. It was two single cards, four pairs, two straights of five, one triple and one bomb. His luck was good.
The Clubs teenager said, “The game will start.”
The first player to get 3 of Hearts began.
The ponytail girl happened to be sitting before Shao Qingge. According to the counterclockwise rotation rule, after she played the cards, it would be Shao Qingge’s turn, followed by the short-haired girl and finally Ye Qi.
Since the 3 of Hearts had to be played in the first round and the ponytailed girl happened to have a pair of 3s in her hand, she dropped ‘a pair of 3s’ on the table.
Shao Qingge played ‘two 4s’ and the short-haired girl played ‘two 9s.’
It was Ye Qi’s turn and he calmly said, “No.”
Shao Qingge glanced at him in an unexpected manner. It was impossible to have no pairs out of 27 cards. Ye Qi either had a pair that was smaller than 9 and couldn’t play it or he had a better hand and didn’t want to play the ‘pairs’ type.
The No. 3 girl didn’t want to eat the cards of her teammates. She saw her teammate had a big pair and said, “No.”
Shao Qingge narrowed his eyes and simply threw a pair of cards on the table, ‘Ks.’
The two girls fell into a dilemma.
The K was a score card. Shao Qingge played two Ks which was 20 table points. If they wanted something bigger than this pair of Ks, they had to either play a pair of As or 2s or directly throw a bomb. They didn’t have a pair of As or 2s in their hands. The short-haired girl sitting next to Shao Qingge gritted her teeth and said, “Bomb!”
She threw our four 8s, making it a bomb.
Ye Qi said, “No.”
The girl was overjoyed when Ye Qi skipped it. She was confident that she would win the 20 points. Then Shao Qingge suddenly threw out four neat As with a smile. “Four As.”
Shao Qingge actually drew four As. Wasn’t this too lucky? The only thing bigger was four 2s or a joker. The two girls obviously didn’t have a joker and were forced to pass.
Shao Qingge scored 20 points and it was his lead to play the cards. He drew four cards from the playing cards he had stacked on the table. “Three with one.”
It was JJJ and a 10. If someone wanted a bigger hand than him, they had to play a bigger ‘three with one’ card type or directly throw a bomb. However, the two girls skipped one after another and didn’t suppress Shao Qingge’s cards. After all, it was only 10 points this time. Even if they had bombs in their hands, there was no need to use such a killer move for these 10 points.
The two girls didn’t play cards and Ye Qi naturally didn’t suppress Shao Qingge. Shao Qingge continued to get the right to play. “Straight.”
He played a straight consisting of 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Among the straights, this was the smallest. The next girl immediately threw out 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and Ye Qi followed with 9, 10, J, Q and K!
Ye Qi’s straight was the biggest. Unfortunately, the girl after Ye Qi suddenly threw out a pair of small jokers. “Bomb!”
There were 5s, 10s, and Ks in this round for a total of 35 table points. The two girls harvested 35 points and joy flashed in their eyes. The ponytailed girl who played the joker bomb started to play cards.
She played ‘two 4s’, Shao Qingge played ‘two 6s’ and Ye Qi continued with no cards. The short-haired girl played ‘two 7s’, Shao Qingge was ‘two 9s’, the short-haired girl was ‘two Js’ and Shao Qingge was ‘two 2s.’
Pairs was a very common type of hand and the probability of a pair appearing among 27 cards was very high. Both sides played a round and in the end, Shao Qingge’s pair of 2s won.
At this point, Shao Qingge only had six cards left in his hands. The two girls were surprised to find that… unknowingly, this man had almost finished playing all his cards? He only had six cards still in his hand. Would it be okay? Both of them stared nervously at the cards in Shao Qingge’s hand.
Shao Qingge smiled slightly and unexpectedly threw a big straight: 8, 9, 10, J, Q.
The two girls, “……”
In the previous rounds of fierce fighting, they had used all up their bombs. At this time, Shao Qingge hit a straight and no one could suppress him. The even more desperate thing was that he only had one card left in his hand.
Shao Qingge glanced at Ye Qi and placed the last card on the table. It was a 3 of Spades.
3 of Spades was a single card. In this type of game, it wasn’t easy to deal with a single card because the goal of the game was to play all the cards. One straight was five cards at a time while a single card was easy to be beaten by the opponent.
Shao Qingge had two single cards in this round. The 10 was used with the three in one and he only had the smallest 3 left.
Since Ye Qi had never played cards when the two sides fought each other, he couldn’t have a pair in the 27 cards. Shao Qingge guessed that Xiao Ye should have big cards that weren’t easy to split and some single cards. He left a single card last to try and help Ye Qi get the priority to play his cards.
Sure enough, after Shao Qingge played 3 of Spades, the next player decisively played the biggest 2 card to regain the priority! She didn’t expect Ye Qi to throw the big joker decisively! Shao Qingge chuckled. Xiao Ye really did have the biggest single card in his hand.
Facts proved that his guess was correct. Ye Qi had been holding the single joker card and waiting to regain his right to play. The joker was the biggest single card. If they wanted to be bigger than it, they needed to play a bomb.
However, Shao Qingge and the two opponents had been fighting and all the bombs had been used. The two girls were forced to let go of this joker!
Then Ye Qi threw out a shocking 556677!
No wonder Ye Qi couldn’t play any cards when the two sides were fighting against each other with pairs. It turned out that he had a connected pair in his hand and didn’t want to break it up. The points of these three pairs were very small. Once they were split, they were just small cards and wouldn’t play any role. However, once they were connected, no one could be bigger than him.
The two girls said helplessly, “I can’t raise it.”
Ye Qi’s eyes brightened with excitement and he immediately played his next hand. “333444!”
The two girls, “…I can’t raise it!”
Ye Qi continued, “888999 with the two single cards of 10, J.”
The two girls, “I can’t raise it!”
Ye Qi played his last card with a smile. “3 of Clubs.”
Xiao Ye’s hands were all strange combinations!
It was thanks to Shao Qingge guessing that there was an unbreakable pair in Ye Qi’s hand and deliberately playing the single card to send the right to play to Ye Qi’s hand. Otherwise, if the opponent kept playing straights and pairs, Ye Qi would find his 556677 very hard to get rid of. He couldn’t split it open but he couldn’t play it. This would directly suffocate him out of frustration.
He only had one joker to keep him in the game. The two girls always thought that Ye Qi’s cards weren’t good and that’s why he didn’t play.
Unexpectedly, Ye Qi’s trump cards were just waiting for an opportunity. Shao Qingge and Ye Qi cooperated tacitly and Shao Qingge first removed all the bombs from their hands. Then once it was Ye Qi’s turn, Ye Qi unloaded almost all his cards in one go!
The Clubs teenager spoke lightly. “In the first game, the red team wins. The table points will be cleared.”
The two girls still had many cards in their hands, including some points cards. At present, based on the table points, Shao Qingge and Ye Qi had scored 60 points and the two girls scored 45 points.
Since Shao Qingge and Ye Qi finished in first and second place, they also got 100 bonus points!
In other words, Shao Qingge and Ye Qi had won 160 points in one go. The two girls lost and got third and fourth places. They would have 100 points deducted from them. The 45 points they won weren’t enough.
The expressions of the two girls became hard to look at.
Ye Qi was very excited about the 160 points and wanted to thank Chief Shao. If Shao Qingge hadn’t figured out that he had a single high card in his hand and left the 3 to the end, the right to play wouldn’t have gone to Ye Qi.
It would’ve been over if Chief Shao left a pair for last. None of his small pairs could be taken apart.
Shao Qingge saw Ye Qi’s bright eyes and nodded at him. He seemed to be saying, ‘You’re welcome.’
Ye Qi rubbed his hands excitedly and prepared for the next game.
Shao Qingge always played cards and could count cards. He also knew how to use psychological warfare to force his opponents to play their big bomb. Ye Qi’s confidence suddenly increased. He felt that the gold coins in the Clubs teenager’s pockets were waving at him.
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