Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Solitaire Card Game Rules – Learn How To Set up And Play Solitaire


You might have seen the card game in the game section of your PC. But have you ever wondered what that game is and how you can play it? If yes, then that game is Solitaire, a famous card game all over the world.

It is easy to play and has a high winning probability. Because of the so much love for Solitaire, there are many variations of this game including Freecell, Klondike, and much more. But here we will discuss how you can set up the Solitaire card game and play it.

So let’s begin the discussion.

How to Set Up a Solitaire? 

Setting up a solitaire is not a difficult task if you know the basics. If you are playing the game online or through the app then you do not need to set up the table. But in the case of real solitaire, you need to do everything yourself.

Before you start to set up a Solitaire, remember that you do not need a big table as this game only uses 52 cards. There are 3 sections in Solitaire: Foundation, Tableau, and Extra Pile.  

The Foundation area is to keep to Ace cards of all suits. The Tableau area is to make sequences and the Extra pile has the remaining deck cards. Now, let’s set up the Solitaire table.

  • The Foundation: Left an empty 4-card space on the left top corner

  • The Tableau: This is the middle area of the table. Divide the cards into 7 piles. The card piles are made from left to right. The starting pile has only 1 card face up. The second pile has 2 cards, one face up and the other face down. Similarly, all the other piles are created by adding cards to them according to their pile number. All the cards of 2 to 7 piles are hidden except for the last cards 

  • Extra Pile: The remaining 24 cards are placed in the right top corner face down

That’s it your Solitaire table is ready, you can begin the game.

How to Play Solitaire?

The main objective of Solitaire is to set up the cards in the sequence from lowest to highest. The lowest deck card in Solitaire is Ace and the highest is King. Here is how you can do that.


  • Start the game with the largest pile in the tableau

  • Add the Ace cards to the Foundation whenever you see them

  • Start arranging the cards by placing them under the higher cards in alternative colors. You can not place 9 under 10 with the same color

  • Empty the cell in Tableau by moving cards and add a King card there. This is because sequences are made from Higher to Lower order. Also, you can not place any lower order card in an empty cell

  • Use the extra card pile when you no longer move the card from the piles

  • After adding Aces to the Foundation, you can move the higher order card in the Foundation to make the game easy. Remember you can only place cards in sequence in Foundations. For Example, after placing the Ace you can place 2 then 3, and so on

  • Do not randomly move the cards as they can mess up the situation and you have to play from the start. Remember there is no undo option in the real solitaire

  • Once you make the sequences from King to 2 the game ends and a player wins. You can orderly move all the cards to the Foundation or leave the cards as it is on the table.

Wrapping It All Up!!!

As Solitaire is a single-player game, it is best to install the game on the device and play it instead of placing cards on a table. In addition, you can experience the different versions and beat your score by creating sequences in less time. However, if you prefer the real card game then follow the above guide for ease. 


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