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Original Solitaire

Game info: Spider type; 1 deck (52 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: High; about 1 in 4; 25%

Object of the game: On the tableau, create four suites of thirteen cards each, in a descending suit sequence from King to Ace.

Solitaire Rules

Tableau (Forty-nine cards in seven columns. At the start of the game, seven cards are dealt to each column. In the first four columns, three cards are face down and four face up. In the next three columns, all cards are face up.)

  • Build down in suit. For example, a 10 can only be played on a Jack.

  • When an entire suite of thirteen cards becomes exposed, it is automatically removed from the tableau.

  • Any face up card, no matter how deep it is in a column, may be moved to make a build. All covering cards are moved with it as a unit.

  • Spaces may be filled only with a King, a King–sequence or a King with any covering cards.

  • A King cannot move, except to an empty space.

  • Nothing can be placed on an Ace.

  • The game is won if the entire deck in all four suites is discarded and nothing is left on the tableau.

Reserve (Four vertical piles, to the right of the tableau)

  • These piles are storage (holding) locations for cards being played to the tableau.

  • Each pile can hold only one card.

Stock (Three cards face down)

  • After all possible moves have been made, the three cards in this pile are dealt onto the first three columns of the tableau to create more possibilities.

  • There is no redeal.

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