# 3 Ways to Play Solitaire

Solitaire is a one-player game that can be played on a computer or with a standard 52 card game. Sometimes it's impossible to finish the game successfully, but that's actually part of the fun of the game and also explains why the game's other name is "Patience". The first two parts of this article cover the basic and familiar approach to playing Solitaire. The last section discusses how to play this famous variation of the game.

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### Method 1 of 3: Solitaire Game Settings

#### Step 1. Understand the purpose of the game

The object of the game is to create four decks of cards, one for each suit, in ascending order (starting with an Ace and ending with a King).

#### Step 2. Start by adjusting the position of the card placement

Place one face-up card and place six face-down cards next to it. Then place one face-up card on (but slightly lowered) the first face-down card, then place five face-down cards on top of the other five cards next to it. Continue to do this, so that each deck has one face up and the deck on the left has one card, the next one has two cards, then three, four, five, six, and finally seven.

#### Step 3. Place the remaining cards in separate piles above or below the pile

This deck of cards is used to get more cards when you run out of game moves.

### Method 2 of 3: How to Play

#### Step 1. Look at the exposed cards on the table

If there is an ace, place the ace on the top of the seven card pile. If there are no aces, then rearrange the existing cards, removing only the exposed cards. When you move a card on top of another card (slightly down so you can still see the two cards), then the card below must be a different color from the card that was moved above and have a card value of one digit less. So if you have a six of a heart, then you can place a five leaf or five curly card on it.

• Continue placing cards on top of each other until you can't move any more cards.
• Each deck of cards must be of alternate color and have a descending order of cards.

#### Step 2. Make the top card open

The top card in each of the seven decks must be face up. If you move a card, remember to flip the card underneath to reveal it.

#### Step 3. Build a deck of cards using aces as the base

If you have an ace on top of seven decks of cards (in the end you have to put all aces on it), then you may move the cards to the appropriate suit on the seven decks of cards in ascending order (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K).

#### Step 4. Use the spare card pile if you run out of game moves

Turn over the top three cards, and see if they are playable. Often, there will be an ace on the cards! If you can place the top card, check if you can place the next card. If you can lay down a second card, check if you can lay down a third card. Then if you can put down a third card, open another three cards from the spare card pile. If you can't make a move with the cards, place them in a separate discard pile (without changing the order of the cards). Repeat until the spare card stack runs out.

### Method 3 of 3: Try Solitaire Game Variations

#### Step 1. Try playing Forty Thieves Solitaire

This version is easier than the normal Solitaire game because you can see the cards in each pile (because all cards are exposed). The goal of the game is the same, namely to make a pile of each type of card in ascending order. This game requires two sets of cards.

• When placing cards, deal ten decks of cards with four cards in each pile, all of which are face up.
• You can only move the top card from each pile at any one time. There are eight places at the top that can be used as a placeholder. You can put the top card from one of the piles into the placeholder so that the cards below can be played.
• Play the cards in the spare card pile at the same time, but you can only turn over one card (not three at a time).

#### Step 2. Try playing Freecell Solitaire

This is one of the most difficult versions of the game Solitaire. This version challenges your skills and mental strength more than regular Solitaire games because there are no spare decks to play with. The object of the game is still to make a pile of each type of card in descending order.

• Distribute all the cards into eight decks of cards, four piles of cards have seven cards, and the other four piles of cards have six cards. All cards must be open.
• No cards are used as a spare card pile. All cards must be dealt into a deck of cards.
• In this game, there are four places at the top that are used as temporary shelters. You can only play the top card from each pile, but you can place the top card into a temporary placeholder so you can play the cards below it.

#### Step 3. Try playing Golf Solitaire

This is a variation of Solitaire in which the goal is to move all the exposed cards in the seven decks of cards, rather than making piles of four of a kind.

• Distribute the cards into seven decks of five cards each. All cards that have been dealt must be face up, while all other cards must be face down in the spare card pile.
• Turn over the top card from the spare card pile. Then try to move any open card out of the seven decks based on the cards you have turned over from the spare card pile. When you can't play any more cards, turn over the next card from the spare card pile and move any exposed cards that you can move with this new card. Continue playing until you've moved all the exposed cards or you can't make any more moves.

#### Step 4. Try playing Pyramid Solitaire

The object of the game is to remove all cards from the pyramid and the spare card pile and place them in the discard pile by creating pairs of cards that are equal to thirteen.

• Deal the 28 cards face down into a pyramid shape. The cards must be stacked so that the rows of cards consist of one card, then two cards, then three cards, and so on, until all 28 cards have been arranged into a pyramid. Each row must partially cover the row above it. Take note that there are people who play using only 21 cards to form a pyramid.
• Make a spare pile of cards with the remaining cards.
• Remove cards one by one or in pairs. You can only get rid of cards that have a value of thirteen. The King card is worth 13, the Queen is worth 12, the Jack is worth 11, and the rest of the cards are worth the value listed on the card (the Ace is worth 1). For example, you can get rid of a King card, and you can also get rid of an 8 and a 5 card because the two cards add up to 13. The top card from the spare card pile can also be used to make a card worth 13.
• If no card can be paired, the next backup card will be unlocked. Once all the spare cards are used up, you can pick them up from the discard pile and return them to the spare card pile so you can continue removing cards from the pyramid.

#### Step 5. Try playing Spider Solitaire

You must use two sets of cards to play Spider Solitaire.

• Make ten decks of cards, of which four piles contain six cards each, and the other six piles contain five cards each. Only the top card from each deck is exposed. The remaining cards are placed in the spare card pile.
• The object of the game is to create a descending sequence of cards of the same suit, from Kings to Aces in ten decks of cards. Once you have completed a stack in descending order, you may place it in one of eight placeholders. You must stack the descending order eight times. You can't use a placeholder as a temporary placeholder for a card.
• You can create small piles (e.g. 9, 8 and 7 leaf cards) and place them on 10 of hearts or another suit when you create another small deck of cards.
• The game ends when all the places are filled.

## Tips

• There are many more types of Solitaire games, such as Suit Solitaire and Four Aces Solitaire. If you're having trouble with the Solitaire games listed in this article, or don't understand how to play them, try one of these games.
• Remember that to win a game of Solitaire, there is a luck factor involved.
• If you need help or instructions and are playing on your computer, press the H key.
• Always start with a deck of cards if you don't have any aces to play with.