Tips and Tricks
What they do not understand is that this move is more advantageous to the player that was waiting for that high card to make a set (it will decrease his or her card total by 20 points and give him or her a bahay).
A veteran player on the other hand will keep the card and wait until it is safe to discard it.
Why is this advantageous?
1.) An opponent player waiting for that high card to make a set is left with 20 points to nurse until he discards them thus he is vulnerable to a call for a laban2.) It deprives your opponent a chance to make a bahay (card set) and will leave him or her two extra rounds if he or she decides to discard that possible high card set.
YOU must CONSIDER the fact that the unknown card in the draw pile may be EXACTLY what you’re looking for when you’re thinking about picking up a discard pile card you “might” need later on.
Picking up these face down cards will also help keep your hand a secret. Picking up from the discard pile signals to your opponent exactly what you need.With this information, he can try to block you by not discarding specific cards.