Solitary Man


In my spare time, I’ve been playing a lot of CasinoRPG lately off of the Steam gaming application for Windoes. It’s a free game where you play various casino games with make believe money – although that is just one dimension of what you can do there. That seems to be the M.O. of the gaming industry these days to get people addicted to this kind of stuff – give people more options than they can possibly handle.

What caught my eye was a game within this game called Casino Solitaire. I’m sure many of you have played the Klondike version of solitaire before, maybe not even realizing that’s what the game is called. The object is to put all of your 52 cards into these four piles in the upper right of the table from the lowest card of an ace to the highest card of a king, in sequence in their respective suits. After the ace comes the deuces, then the trey, fours, fives, and so on.

Casino RPG offers that with a twist – the cards left over in the upper left part of the table must be gone through one at a time. When you run through all of these cards one time, the game ends.

Needless to say, this little wrinkle made playing the game very addicting. You get one-tenth of your fake money bet each time you successfully place a card in the four piles, but only going through the upper left deck once and only once means you go through a lot of losing, and a lot of luck has to go your way to win.

I played the game dozens of times with no success, then it happened Monday night. I had a good run of cards and some lucky decision making, and before I knew it, my four piles in the upper right of the table displayed kings in four suits. Victory!

I think I’ll quit while I’m still behind.

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