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Pyramids - Tripeaks Solitaire: Mastering the game (II)

On this occasion, we want to analyze a situation we are going to face very often in the face-up version of our Pyramids - Tripeaks Solitaire game.

Here is a picture as a background.

From our point of view there are 2 options:

**Option 1:** Remove the 9 of diamonds and then the 10 of hearts. Given that we have accumulated a series of 3 cards, we will get 4 and 5 points respectively, plus the bonus for being peak-of-pyramid cards. Later, when we remove the 2 remaining cards, since it is not possible to make a series with them, we will get only 1 point per each, plus the bonus because of the J being a peak-of-pyramid card. In total we would add 4 + 5 + 1 + 1 + 10 + 20 + 30 = 71 points. On the other hand, it increases the risk of having to use a joker to remove the J, as only 2 card values are useful: 10 and Q.

**Option 2:** Put new cards in game until the 2 of spades is removed, and later make a series to remove the 3 remaining cards. That way we will get 1 point with the 2 of spades, and 1 + 2 + 3 points for the series with the other cards, plus their respective bonus for being peak-of-pyramid cards. In total they would be 1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 10 + 20 + 30 = 67 points. We would lose 4 points, but it would be more likely to remove the J without using a joker, since once the 2 of spades is removed, 3 card values are useful: 8, 10 and Q.

In ludado we would choose the second option. **Not using the jokers is a priority for us.** An extra card value may not seem much, but taking into account that there are 4 suits per card value, we are talking about 12 useful cards in the second option against 8 useful cards in the first one.
Only a much greater difference of points would keep us from trying to maximize the chances to save all the jokers. **In addition, we must remember that, if we keep the jokers, extra points are added when a level is completed.**

What do you think?. Do you think the first option is better?. Can you think of a better option we have not taken into account?. We are looking forward to reading your comments...
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