Winning More Solitaire

I’m going to assert something.

You can win Solitaire a LOT MORE often than you thought.

Here at Dogmelon, we’ve been measuring.

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For each game, Dogmelon Solitaire keeps track of how many deals you win, to calculate your winning percentage.

Your winning percentage will be very different between games. For example, you might win Freecell nearly all the time. But you might hardly ever win games like Golf, or Aces Up.

The thing is, I used to believe that my winning percentages were pretty good. But it turns out I was quite wrong about that.

How do I know?

Well, Dogmelon makes a solitaire game called “DailySol”. Currently, DailySol is available in “27 Solitaire Games”. Each day, for each game, everyone in the world gets the identical deal. Whether you live in Timbuktu or on Antarctica, you’re getting the exact same cards. And we collect the results.

We’ve been running DailySol for several years now, and we’ve collected quite a lot of results. Recently we’ve been digging through the Dailysol database, and I’m going to share some of these with you now.

Very often when a game is difficult, someone, somewhere, somehow figures out how to win it. I don’t know how – they just do. There are some very stubborn persistent people out there.

For the 8 games in DailySol, here are the percentage of deals that were won for the whole of last year

Aces Up: 39 %
Corona: 69 %
Freecell: 100 %
Golf: 19 %
Klondike: 73 %
Pyramid: 61 %
Royal Parade: 41 %
Spider: 84 %

Some of these are a lot higher than my personal statistics.

For example, I personally finished Klondike 12% of the time. But it appears to be winnable 73% of the time. Aces Up: I personally win around 5% of the games, but around 39% of the time, someone manages to finish it.

But remember, this is not a single superhuman player. It’s what happens when a large number of people attack the same problem.

This has changed the way I play.

Before I knew this, I tended to hit “New Deal” as soon as I thought I couldn’t win. But now I know that if I stick with a particular deal, my chance of winning turns out to be a lot higher than I thought. Just knowing this has improved my winning percentages, because I persist at deals for longer, before giving up.

What about you:

  • how do these results compare to your personal results?
  • do you care about your winning percentage?

Let us know!