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Tricks And Tips For Winning On Club Pogo

Updated on April 17, 2011

How To Beat The House At Its Own Games

A friend turned me on to the Club Pogo game site. We always play games together, online. Over time I've come to believe some of the games are rigged. I've had to take several programming classes to earn by bachelor's degree in web development. You could definitely put some stuff in the programming to give the robots on that site an edge over human players. I actually got proof when I was doing a album of Monopoly badges. In one game, it wouldn't let me take an offer from a robot for 10,000 for this game's version of Park Place because the offer was too generous. The next game a robot was offered 15,000 and he was allowed to take the offer for the very same property. 

Anyway, what follows are some tricks and tips for beating the robots at some of the games at Club Pogo:


If you're playing two-handed canasta against a robot, and you want to pick up the discard file and want to stop him from getting it before you can, there's a trick you can pull. Watch the cards he discards, because those are the cards you need to discard so he can't pick up the pile. To pick up the pile, you need to have two of the same cards as the card showing on the discard pile. Or look at what he's thrown down in his melds, and discard one of those. It's worked every time and allowed to pick up all the cards in the discard pile and stop my robo competitor from being able to pick it up.

And if you and a friend are playing four-handed canasta and you want to pick up red threes to rank up, have your friend stay in the room, while you stand up and switch to the other side that's getting all the red threes. Then once you're in your new seat, your friend can do the same as you did. It's called leap frogging.


If you want to win the bid, and a robo is bidding against you, they only bid once. So bid twice and the bid will be yours. But be careful, because sometimes they'll underbid when they've got huge meld points in their hands or not bid, at all.

Which leads me to my next tip. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm waiting for the right opportunity to pull this move on the robos, since they've done it to me enough times. If you have really huge meld points don't bid and let the robos have the bid in hopes they won't be able to make the bid. You'll need high meld points across the board to pull it off. Even if it doesn't work, you still get the meld points, and if it does work, the robos will lose the game.

One other thing I've tried is bidding when I have low meld points but a lot of cards of one particular suit. You need to have not very many cards in other suits to pull this off. You also have to have a royal marriage to make that particular suit the trump and at least a couple of aces. Once you get rid of your cards in the non-trump suit, you can start winning the hands playing trump cards while other players are playing non-trump cards.

Ali-Baba Slots

Now I don't know if this is for all of the slot games, but this happened with Ali Baba. I had a badge to get where I needed to get three blue jewels five times. I was using the Firefox browser and I played that game for over an hour and never got three blue jewels once. Out of frustration I opened Internet Explorer and the second time I pulled the arm down I got three blue jewels. The only way I was able to earn that badge was to play the game in Internet Explorer.

Keno Pop

In Keno Pop they have something that's called the earned bonus. I had to do a badge when I had to get the earned bonus five times. A fellow player gave me the tip that once the earned bonus has occurred in one room, you need to go into another room, since you'll be waiting a long time before you have a chance at it if it's already been called in a room. He was right. I tried it and it worked.

To that I've added my own trick. To win the earned bonus you need for a ball to land in the number picked. If you use the power ups, which are a horizontal, vertical or square  marker you can help to get a ball in the earned bonus slot. 

Winning Three Hands In A Row In First Class Solitaire

That was a badge and I didn't think I'd be able to do it. I barely ever win at First Class Solitaire. I prefer World Class Solitaire. But after I won one game, I found if I hit new game when I knew I wasn't going to win, I was able to pull it off until I managed to win "three in a row". 

How To Win At Risk

I got this tip from Lost of all things. Sawyer, Locke and Hurley were playing Risk and Hurley proclaimed Australia is the key to winning. So when I had to do a Risk badge, I tried it out and found it's true. It's because you only have one border to guard and no other army can come behind you and do a sneak attack. From there you can continue to take over more and more territory until you win the game.

So far, those are the tricks and tips I've discovered. I'm still looking for one for Jungle Gin. The robos win that game entirely too much and I haven't figured out how to beat them at their own game, yet.


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      Lois Ryan 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Great hub. One way for me to win three in a row in Solitaire was just to close it out by hitting the x and then going back in the room. Lol! @ the Risk one. I have been watching Lost on my Kindle but am about half way through Season One. I only played Risk one time for a badge

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      erich 6 years ago

      i have had the same problem with first class solitaire. i got three in a row one time. since then i have only won one hand like every 20 hands. i thought that maybe it logged my ip address so it would remember when i go to play again.