Jon+, David+ in close games.
David 126, Jon 105, Elana first play
David won with all kahunas, and the boat and surfer bonus tile.
Sara 16, Lorenzo 12, Nadine 11
End of game
Nadine 48, Sara 41, Lorenzo 38
First play for Lorenzo and Sara. Lorenzo said afterwards that he doesn’t like auction games. It was close, and they both made minor errors due to misunderstandings.
The Hawaii crew played this while waiting for us to finish Amun Re. They all won at least one round, new to Elana.
David/Nadine 1110, Jon/Elana 690
Elana would have bid and made a Tichu (all four aces and Dragon and Phoenix) but somehow Jon had 15 cards to my 13 so we called a misdeal. She should have called Grand, she had all but an Ace, and would have made it, and Jon had a good chance of going out second. I’ve never seen Jon have so many bad hands. On our first hand, I called Tichu, then Jon called it also. David said later that meant his hand was likely to be stronger than mine, which makes sense. David played an Ace, so I didn’t go over with my Dragon, though I had no idea what he was doing. David’s plan was to go out, and hope that I could go out second for 200 points, instead of risking losing the Tichu. David forced Jon to play 3 Aces over David’s 3 jacks, with one card left. I should have passed Jon’s lead to try to let David go out first instead of playing my Dragon, which Jon bombed with Kings, then went out. A whole new level of Tichu for me. David thought I made a mistake on another hand when I passed him the two, but he understood when I explained that I passed two fours and the two, though I ended up not being able to call Tichu. Elana plays well for a new player, though she’s not as new as she seems, I met her for the first time tonight, but she’s been coming for a while.