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Poker/Solitaire is a game for one that uses a full deck of playing cards, without the Joker, and a game board that you can make yourself.

Build Your Game Board

You can use a bit of felt, cardboard or brown paper to make your Poker/Solitaire game board that might look a bit like the drawing on the right.

You will need space for 5 normal playing cards across and five cards down plus a space below that for your deck of cards.

Lay out the 26 cards as in the drawing and carefully chalk around them.

Put the cards aside and carefully draw around the chalk outlines with a felt marker or some paint.

You can decorate the board if you wish and it will stay neat if you put it in Grandpa's serviette holder.


How to Play

Shuffle the deck of cards and place it on the single box at the bottom of the board, face down.
Take a card and place it in any one of the 25 spots on the board.
Continue until all spots are filled.
Once a card has been placed, it cannot be moved.
Each row across and each column down forms a poker hand.
When you have filled up the whole 25 spaces the game is over and it is time to check your score.
Your final score will be the sum of these 10 hands.
The scores for each hand are:

Royal Flush=100, Straight Flush=75, 4-Of-A-Kind=50,
Full House=25, Flush=20, Straight=15,
3-Of-A-Kind=10, Two Pair=5, Pair=2

(see below for the combinations)


Poker Hands

  • Royal Flush
    This is the highest poker hand. It consists of A - K - Q - J - 10, all in the same suit.

  • Straight Flush
    Five cards of the same suit in sequence - such as J-10-9-8-7.

  • Four of a kind
    Four cards of the same rank - such as four queens. The fifth card can be anything.

  • Full House
    This consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank - for example three sevens and two tens

  • Flush
    Any five cards of the same suit.

  • Straight
    Five cards of mixed suits in sequence - for example Q-J-10-9-8.

  • Three of a Kind
    Three cards of the same rank plus two other cards.

  • Two Pairs
    A pair is two cards of equal rank. In a hand with two pairs, the two pairs are of different ranks and there is an odd card

  • Pair
    A hand with two cards of equal rank and three other cards which do not match these or each other.

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