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BVS Solitaire Collection is a multi-featured collection of solitaire card games for Windows PC, Mac OS X and iPad/iPhone. Play popular solitaire games like Spider, Freecell, Klondike, Pyramid, and original variations not found elsewhere. And you can even create your own solitaire games.
BVS Solitaire Collection is a multi-featured collection of solitaire card games for Windows PC, Mac OS X and iPad/iPhone. Play popular solitaire games like Spider, Freecell, Klondike, Pyramid, and original variations not found elsewhere. And you can even create your own solitaire games.

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Spider Solitaire - A Winning Strategy

By Boris Sandberg

#Spider #Solitaire is one of the most popular solitaire card games in the world. It is often named Classic Solitaire Game and "the King of all solitaires".

Spider Solitaire is a lot of fun and has to be learned like any game. At first glance, this challenging and time-consuming game seems to be too complicated. But spider solitaire is a very easy game to play once you get the hang of it.

Not every game of Spider Solitaire can be won, but you have a better chance of winning if you plan your strategy carefully. Below you will find several simple rules that can increase your chances of winning Spider Solitaire.

1. Build sequences of cards by following suit

Whenever you have a choice, prefer building in suit ("natural builds"). Natural build may be moved as a unit to be built elsewhere. This allows you to expose a hidden face down card, which you may now turn over, or expose an empty pile.

2. Try to expose hidden cards whenever possible

Uncovering hidden cards leads to a new set of possible moves. Besides, it is a way to get empty pile.

3. Try to make empty piles as early as possible

Move cards from tableaus that have fewer cards. Use empty piles as temporary storage when rearranging cards sequences into "natural" builds as far as possible. Move cards to empty spaces to turn over more cards.

4. Build on higher cards first

Among the "out of suit" builds, start with those of highest rank. The reason for this is apparent. You can not move "out of suit" build as a unit to another pile. So this build is of no use except as a temporary storage for cards from other piles. If we start with low card, the build will be finished with an Ace very quickly and then it will be useless. Starting from higher cards allows us to get maximum advantage from it.

5. Get as many cards exposed and arranged in suit order as possible before dealing the next 10 cards from the stock

Otherwise your chances of winning are significantly reduced.

6. As soon as you remove a suit, arrange the remaining cards into "natural builds"

Use empty piles as temporary storage when rearranging cards.

Spend some time practicing this strategy and soon you will find yourself beating Spider Solitaire faster and more often.

https://www.bvssolitaire.com/spider-solitaire.htm 
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How to win #Accordion #Solitaire: Select 4 cards of the same rank, clustered near each other and near the end of the layout. Try to get all 4 selected cards to the end of the layout and leave them uncovered until the very end of the game.

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BVS #Solitaire Collection 8.0.1 is released with improved support for 4K UHD displays.
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BVS Solitaire Collection 8.0 with 510 games is released. Enjoy 11 new games and new card set
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Solitaire, cheating and life. 

I'm an unabashed solitaire addict. I have been since I bought my first - and only - laptop in 1994. I paid a stupid amount of money for that laptop. And by stupid, I do mean stupid. I paid way too much for starters. I paid with money I didn't have. I paid money for something I didn't know anything about (computers or laptops) and hence got sucked into taking obsolete stock off the store's hands and I was stuck with an overpriced machine that had no power, no memory and a horribly out of date OS. Stupid on every count. (I think that remains - 19 years later - the only laptop I've ever bought because I think to this day I still remain gun shy about getting ripped off when buying a laptop or otherwise being stupid about it). 

Anyway, on that laptop I quickly discovered "games" and under games I discovered solitaire. The classic original (or at least it's the first one I knew and have played since I was about six when I was taught by an aunt at grandpa's summer cabin using, of course, real cards. The one pictured below at any rate). And I quickly became addicted to this new electronic version. I'll get into that another time though. The point today is that I take solitaire seriously. If you're going to waste time doing something then at least take it seriously and do it right is my philosophy. And it's that "doing it right" that I want to talk about. 

A lot of people cheat when they play solitaire with real cards. They peek at the cards or they'll allow themselves to go back and correct mistakes and so on. I quickly learned that the electronic version allowed no cheating. You got one "undo" and that's it. There was no way to peek or otherwise cheat. So that upped the challenge level right there. I also discovered quickly that I prefer Vegas style as opposed to the classic style. In Vegas style you play for "money" - each card dealt costs a dollar and each card placed up pays you five. You get to look at every card but - and here's the challenging part - you only get one go through the deck. It changes the strategy quite a bit. There'll be a point, for example, where you have to calculate whether to "go for the win" or to just maximize the money you can get in that round. 

Later I was introduced to Freecell. Boy, did I get addicted to this quick and it soon replaced original solitaire as my addictive time killer of choice. I like Freecell because the cards are all laid out face up so you see exactly how the cards are dealt in order to solve the puzzle. It's more challenging than you'd imagine though. Through a lot of ... uuhhmm, "practice" (I'll take the secret of how many hours I've spent "practicing" to my grave), I got pretty darn good and my present winning percentage hovers around 92%. In Freecell, like Vegas solitaire, you only get one "undo". This is where the challenge comes in.

Then I was introduced to Spider solitaire. I'm always up for a new solitaire challenge and I got quickly addicted to this as well. I play at the intermediate level having quickly found the beginner level too boring. I'm not very good at it and my winning percentage seldom exceeds about 35% (I play 100 game "seasons" in which I might win anywhere from about 22% to 50% but they all average out, I'd say, to about 35%). 

There are worse ways to kill time. I prefer solitaire over all the other shit people do on their computer because at least solitaire is challenging in that puzzle solving kind of way. Sometimes they help me "idle" while my mind is working out something else. Sometimes I do them when it feels like I'm going mad and I need to do anything to keep my mind focused on something other than going mad. 

Anyway, it surprised me to discover that there are people with remarkably better winning percentages than me. Damnit, I practice hard at these games and think I'm doing it right! How they hell could they be that much better than me?! This irked me in ways you don't want to know about. Then I discovered how - they cheat. 

You see, newer versions of Freecell and Spider allow endless "undos". If you get stuck, just undo - or keep "back stepping" - and try again. And as far back as you want. And if that doesn't work, go back and try again. And again. And again. Well fuck, anyone could win that way. But the persons (who shall remain unnamed) don't care, they just care about the win. Really?

I just don't see the point in winning by cheating. I liken it to mulligans in golf. Hell, everyone could be a Tiger Woods if they were allowed to keep hitting shots until they "got it right". And what would the point of that be? Golf would no longer be a test of skill. The comparative scoring system in golf would become meaningless. For me solitaire remains a test of skill, it's not about winning. Winning is great, don't get me wrong, but when you can't win you play to the best of your skill and be pleased with that. That's the point to me. 

And this is where we tie this into life. I think maybe in today's world too many people are concerned only with "winning" and not skill or how well they play. In other words, only in getting "somewhere" and not how they get there. It's not about learning or testing their skill, it's just about "winning". This results in greed and running roughshod over anybody or anything in order to get where they want to go. They cheat in life in my view and today's world seems more than ever to reward cheating over the quality of how "the game" is played.

We need more quality players in life today and a lot fewer cheaters. And you'd be surprised, if you really examined most people carefully enough, how many are cheaters.
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Play Tri-Peaks Solitaire and 500 other #solitaire games in BVS Solitaire Collection.

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Woman Playing Solitaire, 1990, by Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago.
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Play #Australian Patience and 499 other #solitaire games in BVS Solitaire Collection for Windows/Mac/iPad/iPhone.
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