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CALCULATION

SINGLE-PACK

Calculation, or Broken Intervals, is a one-pack patience that is well-named, because it is necessary to calculate at the turn of every poker card, and it offers more scope for skilful play than any other patience.

Any Ace, any 2, any 3 and any 4 are placed in a row on the table to form four foundations. 

The object of the game is to build, regardless of suits, the remaining 48 cards on them, as follows:


            On the Ace in the order Ace, 2,3,4,5,6.7,8,9,10, Jack, Queen, King.
            On the 2 in the order 2,4,6,k8,10, Queen, Ace, 3,5,7,9, Jack, King.
            On the 3 in the order 3,6,9,Queen, 2,5,8,, Jack, Ace, 4,7,10, King.
            On the 4 in the order 4, 8,Queen, 3,7,Jack, 2,6,10,Ace, 5,9, King.

The cards are dealt from the pack one at a time, and every card must either be built on a foundation or played to any one of a waste heap below each foundation.  The pack is dealt only once, but play poker from a waste heap may continue after it has been exhausted. 

Only the top card of a waste heap may be played; it may be built on a foundation and may not be played to another waste heap.

The cards in the pack are now dealt one at a time.  Suppose a 10 is dealt, as it cannot be built on a foundation it is best played to waste heap B.  Next a 6 is dealt; it is built on the 3-foundation.  Next comes an 8, and, of course, is built on the 4-foundation. 

The next card is a King.  It must be played to a waste heap, but as a King is the last card to be built on a foundation it would be wrong to play it to waste heap B and so cover the 10. 

It should be played to another waste heap, and experienced poker players would now reserve this for Kings.  Play continues in this way until all 48 cards have been dealt. 

If the play is carefully thought out, by building on the waste heaps descending sequences of two to four or more cards, towards the end of a poker game excellent progress will be made.

 

 

 

 

 

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