· With only five minutes on the timer, and an increasing number of points necessary to finish each round, you should spend as little time as possible on the first two rounds. Each of them can be finished quickly by building one or two columns of a single suit, and cashing them in as a Flush. You don’t need to waste precious time setting up anything fancy!
· As with regular poker, one of the most profitable hands to make is a Royal Flush: 10, J, Q, K, and Ace of one particular suit (worth 3000 points). One good strategy for this game is to build upward, one column for each suit, reserving the fifth column for a possible Royal Flush in the suit of your choice. Whenever you get one of the necessary elements of that hand, place it in the fifth column; otherwise, put each card in the appropriate column for its suit and cash in each column as a regular Flush when it reaches the top.
· If you accidentally drop something into the wrong column, don’t worry; just keep placing cards in their correct columns as you get them, create any pair in the “junked” column as quickly as possible, and cash it in to clear it!