# Stick or twist?

#### sobhan

##### Senior Member
He kicks the broken chair aside and sits down on one of the three remaining good ones. I hover,
unsure. Stick or twist? He starts to talk again, his voice so soft I can barely hear him. <-----Excess quote removed by moderator (Florentia52)----->
what does "Stick or twist?" mean?
Source: The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins

• #### PaulQ

##### Senior Member
This comes from the card game called Blackjack or Pontoon. There are many variants but, in the basic game, the goal is to collect cards so that their total value does not exceed 21. The person with the highest hand below 22 wins.

To start the game, the dealer deals you one card and himself one card.
You look at your card and decide if you want to buy another card from the dealer (You would do this if it were a good card.) or simply "twist" = be given a card at no cost.
If you buy a card, it increase the bet by that amount. If you twist, there is obviously no increase in the bet.

Let's say that your fist card is a 10. You decide to twist. The next card is a six - you now have 16 points. This is not a good hand. If you ask for another card, the chances are that you will exceed 21, and thus lose - but it is possible that you would get a 5, which would make 21 and a winning hand.

You now have a decision: do you stick (stay with your 16 points) or twist (take another card.)

To stick - to do nothing; remain in the same position; to ask for nothing further.
To twist - to go ahead, often for advantage, but also with a risk of being unfortunate.

#### sobhan

##### Senior Member
This comes from the card game called Blackjack or Pontoon. There are many variants but, in the basic game, the goal is to collect cards so that their total value does not exceed 21. The person with the highest hand below 22 wins.

To start the game, the dealer deals you one card and himself one card.
You look at your card and decide if you want to buy another card from the dealer (You would do this if it were a good card.) or simply "twist" = be given a card at no cost.
If you buy a card, it increase the bet by that amount. If you twist, there is obviously no increase in the bet.

Let's say that your fist card is a 10. You decide to twist. The next card is a six - you now have 16 points. This is not a good hand. If you ask for another card, the chances are that you will exceed 21, and thus lose - but it is possible that you would get a 5, which would make 21 and a winning hand.

You now have a decision: do you stick (stay with your 16 points) or twist (take another card.)

To stick - to do nothing; remain in the same position; to ask for nothing further.
To twist - to go ahead, often for advantage, but also with a risk of being unfortunate.