Poker Squares

(a.k.a. Poker Solitaire, Poker Square, Poker Patience)


Poker Squares
Introduction

Game materials:

         a shuffled standard (French) 52-card deck

         a pen and Poker Squares grid for each player

Rules:  Each turn, a card is drawn from the deck and announced.  Each player must then privately write the card rank and suit (e.g. “10C” for 10 of Clubs, “AH” for Ace of Hearts) in any empty cell of their 5-by-5 grid.  Once written in the grid, cards may not be moved.  After all players have written the card, the next turn begins.  When player grids are full after 25 cards, grids are scored.  

Scoring:  The 5-card hand of each grid row and column is scored according to a point system.  The American point system scores hands as follows:

Poker Hand

Points

Description

Example

Royal Flush

100

A 10-J-Q-K-A sequence all of
the same suit

10♣, J♣, Q♣, K♣, A♣

Straight Flush

75

Five cards in sequence all of
the same suit

A♦, 2♦, 3♦, 4♦, 5♦

Four of a Kind

50

Four cards of the same rank

9♣, 9♦, 9♥, 9♠, 6♥

Full House

25

Three cards of one rank with
two cards of another rank

7♠, 7♣, 7♦, 8♥, 8♠

Flush

20

Five cards all of the same suit

A♥, 2♥, 3♥, 5♥, 8♥

Straight

15

Five cards in sequence; Aces
may be high or low but not both

8♣, 9♠, 10♥, J♦, Q♣

Three of a Kind

10

Three cards of the same rank

2♠, 2♥, 2♦, 5♣, 7♠

Two Pair

5

Two cards of one rank with two
cards of another rank

3♥, 3♦, 4♣, 4♠, A♣

One Pair

2

Two cards of one rank

5♦, 5♥, 9♣, Q♠, A♥

High Card

0

None of the above

2♦, 3♣, 5♠, 8♥, Q♦


A player's total score is the sum of the hand scores for each of the 10 row and column hands. 

Additional Resources

Todd W. Neller