Think fast… and sideways!
Flip over each card in turn, and place them on the board, but remember: every row and column is a poker hand. With only five minutes on the clock, you’ll need to use every cell on the board – and every trick in the book – to score big. The stakes are high. The pressure is on.
Can you deal?
Your current card is visible in the lower left. Click any one of the five columns; the card will be placed in the lowest empty cell of that column. Place more cards in turn to build the best possible horizontal or vertical poker hand.
Once you have placed a full column or row of five cards, click “Submit” to remove and score them. Careful, though, submitting a zero-point row or column will lock it until the next round!
If the entire 52-card deck is dealt before you reach the target score, you may freely move any cards that remain on the board to better positions before submitting them.
Tips & Tricks
· 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!
· If you’re building a fancy setup, remember that gravity is in effect; cashing in a lower row will cause the cards above to drop down, rather than staying in place. So plan accordingly!