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Although it doesn't happen often, when I have 2 "s" in my rack, I'm not sure if I should try to use one immediately to score an additional 2-7 points, or save both s's for bingos/parallel plays.

Like any duplicate letter, I seem to have trouble making high point moves when have duplicate letters in my rack including 2 "s". I'm leaning towards using 1 s immediately if appropriate like if it would help balance the consonant/value ratio on your rack more than if you didn't use it.

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As noted in the comments, it very much depends on the board. In general, S is useful for tacking on various plays your opponent makes - especially punishing them for thinking that stopping a word short of the TW row is safe. Two S tiles lets you possibly tack two words that end in the same row or column, and plenty of words (in English anyway) have double-s.

Given the general utility of pluralizing a word already on the board to create space for yourself - I would personally look to use each S in its own move, but only after confirming that I don't have any options to pluralize two words in one play - scoring three decently long words is pretty strong.

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I disagree with the advise @William Walker III. In my opinion, it is best to save both S's for later in the game when you can get a bingo. Here's why:

  1. An S can be tacked onto a majority of words, giving you a point where you can build from.
  2. If you use the 's' as the end of the word, you only need to have a six-letter word that can be pluralized. (Example: Streak, which can turn to Streaks)
  3. Most importantly, if it is a close game, the extra 50 point bonus would be a lot more than almost any other move with a single 's', which will usually give south of 50 points.
  4. If something does come up, with an s or multiple s's, you will still have them instead of wasting them getting "2-7" additional points. (Which, in advanced level play, is an extremely small margin.)

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