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Spider Traditional

Original Solitaire

Game info: Spider type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Skill
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 20; 5%

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

Solitaire Rules


  • The foundations are not built on directly.

  • The ten columns are both tableau and foundations, and all building is on the tableau.

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

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

Tableau (Ten columns with six cards in the first four columns and five cards in the remaining ones. The top card of each column is face up)

  • Build down regardless of suit (for example, a 5 can be played on a 6).

  • The top card of each column is available for play to another tableau column.

  • Cards of the same suit and in a descending sequence may be moved as a unit, in whole or in part, to another column. Groups of cards not of the same suit cannot be moved.

  • Nothing can be placed on an Ace. A King cannot move, except to an empty space.

  • Spaces may be filled with any available card or packed sequence.

  Stock (Fifty cards)

  • Click once on the stock to deal a new row of cards to the tableau.

  • There must be at least one card in each tableau column before you can deal a new row of cards.

  • There is no redeal.

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