Poker Patience

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Poker Patience Strategy

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    Does it feel like your play of Poker Patience is completely dependant on luck?
    Believe it or not, it is possible to work out a method to the madness of Poker Patience.
    1. Choose your playing style. Is it more important for you to get:
      • Very large scores in some games and low in many?
        >> In this case you would hold out for the best hands (Four-of-a-Kind, Straight Flush and a Royal Flush), ignoring small ones
      • Decent scores in most games?
        >> In this case you would aim for big hands, not wasting time waiting for the best ones


    Playing for Average Good Hands

      All you will need to remember for this technique is the following three points:
    1. Card suites get arranged horizontally, i.e., clubs in the first row, spades in the second, hearts in the fourth, diamonds in the fifth. This way you will maximize your chances for multiple flushes per game.
    2. Your middle row is your junk row.
    3. Card ranks get arranged vertically. This way you will maximize your chances for Pairs, 3 of a Kinds, and even Full Houses and 4 of a Kinds. You won't be likely to get many straights this way.

      The following image shows a Poker Patience game ending with two Full Houses and one Four of a Kind, using this method.


    Playing for the Best Hands

    1. To play for Full Houses and Four of a Kinds, place uniquely ranked cards (any suit) into the very left and right columns of the Poker Square. Stack your cards accordingly when a duplicate comes up.

      The following image shows a Poker Patience game ending with two Full Houses and one Four of a Kind, using this method.
    2. To play for a Straight or Royal Flush, place your first card anywhere in the top row. Use the top two and bottom two rows to attempt a different Flush or Straight, using the middle row for cards that do not fit.


    3. To play for a Royal Flush:
      1. Be very patient
      2. Place anything less than a 10 at the bottom of the square.

>> Variations of Poker Patience

Keep practicing until sorting becomes automatic (first by suit, then general rank). Always check every line you are affecting before placing a card and do the least damage. Unless it is your only goal (Playing for a Monster Hand), give up on the least likely hand first--an inside straight draw before a flush, for instance. Never try to force your hands too hard in one direction. Don't fall for the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” trap; always make the most of what is still possible. Poker Solitaire is not timed, so don't rush!