Rummy 500 – Beginner’s Strategy

Rummy 500 is also a member of the “Rummy” family, the most accepted family of card games. It is further and most commonly known as “Five Hundred Rum”. Every exclusive card game demands specific game strategy. Rummy 500 also demands the same.

Application of 500 Rummy strategies entirely depends upon the stages of the game. Beginners should apply the same either in the early stages or while they are approaching the closing stages of the game. Further paying attention to the discarded cards and the cards that already has been picked up from the discarded pile are essential for the beginners. This might lead them to a win.

While playing this card game Rummy-500, a beginner should very well keep in mind that the object of this most accepted game is to score 500 points.

While playing Rummy-500, the beginners should start discarding their high cards specifically when his opponent is having few cards left in their hand. High cards may cause negative effect on their score if remained in his possession when that hand ends.

A novice to this card game Rummy-500 should not discard such card that might be utilized in a sequence with previously discarded cards that have already been discarded.

Note: Discarding a card and that also without knowing whether or not the opponent can really mak use of it, is known as “blind discard”. This is common on the first discard of a deal.

The “beginner’s strategy” also indicates that a learner from the very beginning should start collecting high scoring cards. In this card game Rummy-500 one must prevent their opponent from using such cards for their gain.

A beginner should be conscious about the cards that already have been played and they must tactically discard in view of that.

Moreover, it’s an improved strategy to “entice” an opponent player by discarding those cards that confirms low point value melds.

A learner should take note that in the beginning of the game it is reasonable to hold a large stack of discarded cards but his strategy must be to ignore such cards specifically if he can sense that his opponent possibly depart soon.

A beginner strategy should be that he must hold the Aces, as later on he can play it as a suit or sequence. As, in such moves the Aces confirm more points.

The new comers to this card game Rummy 500- also must take note that they can enjoy the advantage of picking up more than one card from the discard pile in their turn. And under such process they can even call “Rummy”. But for that, they essentially have to identify those accurate cards that really can form a valid meld.

Finally here comes the winning strategy for the new comers. “Going out” by achieving a cumulative score of 500 or more is the most accepted way to win a hand in Rummy-500. Even if the opponents do have higher scores. But a beginner should as well keep in mind that despite the fact that they are having higher score can do nothing if the opponent previously goes out.

Pyramid Solitaire: A Strategy Guide For Beginners

Pyramid Solitaire is a fun solitaire game, with a very distinctive opening tableau in the shape of a pyramid. There is a large element of luck involved, but there are certain strategies that can be used to dramatically increase your chances of winning.

The aim of pyramid solitaire is to remove all the cards from the tableau and the talon. Cards are removed in pairs, when their combined total is 13. The exception to this is with Kings, which are removed on their own.

Cards can only be removed when they are completely exposed (ie: When the whole card is visible, with no cards above them)

The combinations of cards you can remove are:

  • Ace and Queen
  • 2 and Jack
  • 3 and 10
  • 4 and 9
  • 5 and 8
  • 6 and 7
  • King

Whilst the rules for pyramid solitaire are quite easy to understand, the game itself offers come interesting complexities. You have to plan out which cards to remove to maximize potential options later in the game. Sometimes you must leave a card for later in the game, or you will create an impasse. And sometimes you have to carefully remember the order of the cards in the talon, or you will have cards left over at the end.

At the start of the game, scan the first four rows, looking for any situations that will make the game impossible to complete. This happens when all the cards that can be combined with a card occur in the triangle below it.

This occurs because a card cannot be selected until all the cards in the triangle below it are removed first.

For example, suppose part of the deal was like this (Taken from Classic Solitaire deal 20064)

   2

  J 9

 Q J 8

6 J 4 J

All of the Jacks occur in the triangle below the top 2. So to expose the top 2, all the Jacks will have to be removed first… But that’s impossible, because the Jacks can only be removed in combination with the 2’s. We will be able to remove three of the Jacks, but we cant ever remove the top Jack, because the 2 it needs is above it.

So if the four combination cards appear in a cards underneath triangle, then the game cannot be finished, and you may as well redeal.

If only three of the combination cards appear in the underneath triangle, then you have discovered a potential impasse later on. Wherever that fourth combination card is, it MUST be combined with the top card. So, if the fourth combination card is in the talon, you must remember this, and be careful not to use it on any card other than the top one.

Another impasse to check for at the beginning, is to see if all the combination cards appear in the triangle above a card.

For example, suppose the deal was like this (Taken from Classic Solitaire deal 3841)

      7

     8 J

    4 2 4

   A 6 8 2

  8 5 9 Q 2

 7 8 9 7 K 4

K A 5 3 Q 6 10

All the 8’s occur in the triangle above the bottom 5, so the game cannot be finished.

This last case doesn’t occur very often though, so it isn’t worth spending too much time checking for it. Just a cursory glance at the middle 3 cards on the bottom row is normally enough.

So to summarize, before we have even started playing, we check to see if the game is winnable (Make sure there are no cases where the four combination cards occur in the triangle below or above a card). We also check for times when three of the combination cards appear below… as these will need special attention, to make sure we don’t waste the fourth card and create an impasse.

So what about general play?

Well, to start with, always remove Kings whenever you can. There is absolutely no reason not to remove the Kings, because they aren’t used in combination with any other cards, so you gain nothing by waiting.

Another thing to consider is that often there is no need to rush. You can cycle through the talon three times, so often it will be better to wait and see what cards are remaining, rather than jump in and remove a combination as soon as you can.

Finally, try and remove cards evenly between the talon and the tableau. Ideally, you want to finish removing cards from the tableau at the same time as the talon is used up.

You still wont be able to win every game of pyramid solitaire with the above strategy, but you should find your probability of winning has greatly increased.

Spider Solitaire: A Strategy Guide For Beginners

Spider solitaire is a well-known solitaire game, which has gained a lot in popularity since Microsoft have started shipping it free with windows. It is very hard though, and many people want to know how they can increase their chances of winning.

The aim of spider solitaire is to build an ascending suit sequence in the foundation

zone. But this is easier said than done! Particularly when playing 4 suit spider, it can

sometimes seem nearly impossible to finish the game.

But there are strategies you can use to dramatically increase your chances of

winning. But before I go into that, a quick note. In this article, I assume you have a

solitaire game that allows multi-undo, and that you don’t mind using it. Some

people don’t have a solitaire program that supports multi-level undo, or feel that

using undo is somehow “cheating”. These people can still get something out of this

article, but not everything they read may apply.

So what is the golden secret to winning spider solitaire?

It’s simple! Empty-Columns are the key!

The first objective of spider solitaire is to get a vacant column. The objective after

that is to try and get another vacant column. Once you have 2 vacant columns, the

game starts to become winnable, but if you can, try and form yet another empty

column. Once you get to 3 or 4 empty columns, you have a very good chance of

winning, unless you get an extremely unlucky run of cards.

Getting The First Empty Column…

The first move you should make in the game is whatever the highest rank card that

can play is. If given a choice, play from the stacks on the right hand side, as the 6

right hand stacks start with one less card.

From then on, play cards in this order or priority:

  1. If a stack is closer to other stacks to being complete, play that card (if you
    can)
  2. If you can’t play from the stack which is closest to being emptied, than play the
    card with the highest rank.
  3. If 2 or more cards have the same high rank, and one of them can be played into
    a same suit sequence, then play that one.

Keep playing like this, until a column is emptied, or you run out of moves

Once a column has been emptied, the focus of the game changes a little. There are

now 3 main objectives, “cleanup”, “re-arrange”, and “expose”.

An overriding principal at this time is to try and keep the empty columns. Vacant

columns give you a lot more choices in the game, and whenever possible, you only

want to fill your empty columns temporarily.

CLEANING UP

The first objective for the second phase of the game is “cleanup”. This is my term

for re-arranging columns so that they become same-suit sequences.

For example, suppose you had 2 columns. The first one has:

  1. 7 Diamonds
  2. 6 Hearts

and the second one has:

  1. 7 Clubs
  2. 6 Diamonds

We can temporarily use the empty column, to rearrange the columns so that these

columns become:

  1. 7 Diamonds
  2. 6 Diamonds

and:

  1. 7 Clubs
  2. 6 Hearts

We do this by moving:

  1. 6 of Diamonds into the empty column
  2. 6 of Hearts onto the 7 of Clubs
  3. 6 Of Diamonds onto the 7 of Diamonds

The main thing to note here, is that after we have finished cleaning up this

sequence, the empty column is still vacant. This is critical, because we always need

to keep our columns empty when possible.

RE-ARRANGING

After we have cleaned up any sequences we can find, the next objective is to re-

arrange any columns. This is simply moving any sequences we can, to form longer

sequences. If moving the sequence will expose a new card (or a card that is not part

of the sequence), then we always move it. The rest of the time it’s a judgement call,

based on whether the new sequence will be the same suit, as well as what other

cards are holding up the game at the moment.

EXPOSING

Lastly, we try and expose new cards, whilst trying to maintain our empty column.

We do this by using multi-level undo:

  • Move a card/sequence into the empty column, which exposes a new card.
  • If the new card allows us to move the original sequence back do so.

If the new exposed card does not allow us to move it back, try moving a different

card/sequence instead. If you can’t expose any new cards whilst keeping the vacant

column, then try dealing some cards from the talon.

The most important thing is to create empty columns, and try and keep them

empty! Now, will these strategies help you to win every game? No, they won’t. Are

there better strategies? Yes, and you’ll probably come up with some of your own as

you play the game some more. But the strategies above should prove a good

foundation to help you start winning more games.