Alternate baton openers - explain the 2-4-6 version

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asked Jan 8, 2015 by JHalvorson Kubbnoob (220 points)
Please explain how the 2-4-6 baton opener steps for team a and team b for each turn.

It was use in Dallas Wi at the Oktoberfest tournament, but I forgot a few of the choices and how many batons are thrown each turn by each team.

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answered Jan 8, 2015 by hardcoreleftie Ironkubb ✭ (1,210 points)
You win the king toss...you throw 2 batons in turn one.
your opponent get to throw 4 batons back in turn two.
You get to throw 6 batons in in turn three

Or you choose sides and have the other team throw 2 first.
I like the 2-4-6 as it pushes games to more than a team opening up with 4-5 on the first round. Throwing 6 is a huge advantage. Hard to come back--impossible--no.
commented Jan 13, 2015 by Albert62 Kubbnoob (670 points)
I understood from a DMK blog that the first team opening advantage when tossing 4 batons instead of 6 should be estimated around 12%. Any idea about this advantage with the new system?
commented Jan 30, 2015 by JHalvorson Kubbnoob (220 points)
Thanks hardcoreleftie!

Eric Anderson also provided the following explanation:

Starting in 2015, the U.S. Championship will use the 2, 4, 6 open in all games. As in past years, before the match starts, the two teams will throw at the king to see who is closer to the king. The team that wins the king toss will get the option of deciding what team will throw first in Game 1 (and subsequently Game 3, if needed) or what side. If the team that wins the king toss picks what side they would like, then the team that lost the king toss gets to pick what team will throw first in Game 1. All games will start with the first team throwing two batons. Their opponent will throw four batons. Then the team that started the game with two batons will then throw six batons. From then on, both teams will throw six batons. The U.S. Championship rules state that no player may throw more than two batons in a turn. However, the rules will require that two different players throw the two batons on the first turn and at least three different players divide the four batons on the second team's first turn (when only four batons are thrown). So, for the second turn of the game, when four batons are thrown by the team that did not start, two players will throw one baton and one player will throw two batons. If a team has more than three players, the team can distribute the batons to four different players, but are not required.
commented Feb 14, 2015 by Andreas
"If a team has more than three players, the team can distribute the batons to four different players, but are not required." - That would be an disadvantage for the team with 3 players, you allways have do give a batton to each player of your team 4/2 4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6 ... other wise you go with 3 up 70+% on the 8 m line and 2 guys on fire on 4 m +1 if its just one kubb around  5,5 m i can hit him with 95 % :)..
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