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Poker Solitaire

Game info: Non-Builders game type; 1 deck; no redeal

Alternate names: Poker Patience, Poker Square.

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Low (about 1 in 20)

Object of the game: To produce 10 high-scoring poker hands from the five horizontal rows and the 5 vertical columns.

Solitaire Rules

Tableau (grid 5 x 5)

  • Place the cards from the stock, one by one, on any empty space of your choosing.

  • Each row and each column form 10 poker hands (5 hands from left to right and 5 hands from top to bottom).

  • Only one card per grid square is allowed.

  • Once placed, a card cannot be moved.

Stock

  • The top card is available for play to an empty space.

Scoring

  • The score for each hand is shown on the screen.

  • Your final score for the game is the total of the scores for your 10 poker hands.

  • A score over 50 is good; 75 is excellent; you win if you score 100 points or more (theoretically the highest score obtainable is 725 points). 

The nine hands

Points

Royal Flush

100 points

A 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit.

For example, 10 , Jack, Queen, King, Ace

Straight Flush

75 points

Five cards all in suit and sequence.

For example, 7, 8, 9, 10, J

Four of a Kind

50 points

Four cards of the same rank plus an odd card.

For example, 10, 10, 10, 10, --

Full House

25 points

Three cards of the same rank plus a pair.

For example, 7, 7, 7, Jack, Jack

Flush

20 points

Five cards of the same suit but not in sequence.

For example, Ace, 5, 8, Jack, King

Straight

15 points

Any run of five cards in numerical sequence and not of the same suit.

For example, 4, 5, 6, 7 , 8

Three of a Kind

10 points

Three cards of the same rank and two odd cards.

For example, Queen, Queen, Queen, -- , --,

Two Pair

5 points

One pair of one rank, one pair of another plus one odd card.

For example, 10, 10, Ace, Ace,

One Pair

2 points

A single pair of one rank and three odd cards.

For example, 7, 7,-- , --,

All other hands = 0 points

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