Golf Solitaire (sometimes also known as Forty Thieves) is a fun solitaire game, requiring great anticipation and a good degree of luck. While it is not possible to win every game, there are certain strategies you can use to greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire, and this article will explain some of them.
The most important thing to keep in mind with Golf Solitaire is that kings and aces are
special. All other cards in the deck can be removed into directly sorted cards.
above or below the card. For example, a 5 can be taken away from a 4 or a 6.
But aces and kings are different.
An Ace can only be removed by a Two, and a King can only be removed by a
This means that you must take special care when using Queen’s and
Because of this, the first thing to do when starting a game of golf
Solitaire is counting all the Kings and Aces.
If all the Kings are in the box, then every time you remove a Queen, you MUST
be sure to remove a King as well, or you won’t be able to finish the game. And if a
The Queen is dealt from the Talon, then you MUST remove a King immediately. If you
you can’t, you can also undo it or start a new game.
Similarly, if all four Aces are in the box, then each time you remove a Two,
You MUST make sure to eliminate an Ace as well, and if a Talon Deal is dealt, then
you must immediately remove an ace.
If all the aces and kings are not out, then you need to keep track of how many twos
and Queen’s have been distributed by Talon. In this case it is not necessary to use
every two or queen on an ace or king, but if you follow up and realize that
not enough two or queens left to remove all remaining aces or kings, then
it’s time to undo …
Simply being aware of this facet of Golf Solitaire will immediately increase your
chances of winning. It takes about 5 seconds to count the aces and kings on the
start of the game, but it will help you dramatically improve your winning percentage!
There are other ways to further increase your chances of winning golf.
If you have the option to remove two cards of the same rank, one is the
last card in your pile, and the other has cards on top, so be sure to
choose the card from the pile with the cards on top. Remove the last card from the
battery will not help you remove any other cards, but remove the card with
the cards above will expose new cards, helping to form new sequences, and
it will give you more options later in the game.
You should also look at which cards will be exposed when you are given a choice between
withdraw cards of equal value. You have to look for two things:
1) Is the exposed card an ace or a king? If so, it would be worth exposing it so that
can be removed by dealing a deuce or a queen.
2) Does the exposed card help with other possible sequences at this time? Yes
so it may be worth exposing because it might help to make a longer sequence
later. For example: if there are many Fours and Sixes exposed at the moment, then expose
a Five might be worth it.
Finally, it is often worth planning sequences and playing with
alternatives, to see how long a sequence can run. You will often find that the
The first sequence you can see in Golf Solitaire is not the best, and a different one
The sequence can help you eliminate many more cards. You may find it helpful to point out
your finger on the screen while planning your sequence. It seems to help the
thought process and helps you remember the sequence.
If you follow these strategies, will you win every game of Golf Solitaire?
No, you will not. There is too much luck involved and most games will not be
However, it will greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire and spend
less time trying to finish unwinnable games.