Solitaire or Solitare is one of the all time great ways to kill time and amuse oneself.
As with most card games, there are many variations of solitaire and we won't go into all of them here, but we will cover a few of the most popular solitaire games. Just choose the game you are interested in and click the link to the right or read on for instructions and rules for Spider Solitaire
Scorpion Solitaire, or Klondike solitaire.
Spider Solitaire (Solitare)
Spider Solitaire is a Classic Solitaire Game
The object of spider solitaire is to set all the cards in rows according to value and suit. When you are finished each row should have all cards of the same suit. Therefore, the successful culmination of Spider Solitaire finds four rows of thirteen cards each. Or in other words, all the clubs in one row in order from King to ace and all the hearts in another row in order from King to ace and so on.
Layout for Spider Solitaire
Two decks are used. The cards are layed out in ten piles called tableaus, meaning a row or pile of cards that are meant to be packed or built upon. Groups of cards in sequence and of the same suit may be moved as one unit and that accounts for a lot of the strategy in Spider solitaire. An example of a group in sequence of the same suit would be the ten, nine, eight all of clubs. At the start of the game 6 cards each are dealt to the first 4 piles, 5 cards each to the remaining piles. The top card is face up.
Notes: (1) All tableau piles must be filled before dealing.(2)When a sequence of 13 cards down in suit from King to Ace is formed, it should be removed from play (usually done automatically if you are using computer software).
Remember, though you may build down in any suit, building down in sequence is your ultimate goal to win spider solitaire, therefore staying in the same suit is your priority
Spider Solitaire is really quite simple, a lot of fun, and thoroughly addicting.
Scorpion Solitaire (Solitare)
Scorpion is a tough game but very popular, proving that solitaire players aren't lazy. Using one deck, deal seven tableau piles of seven cards each. The first three piles contain three face-down cards and four face-up cards; the remaining piles are all face-up. The remaining three cards are the reserve. The object is the same as Spider, i.e. to build K-A sequences in suit, within the tableau. Cards may be moved singly, or in groups (regardless of sequence). Spaces may only be filled by kings. When no more moves are possible, deal the reserve cards onto the first three tableau piles and continue playing.
Klondike Solitaire or Solitare
Use one deck of cards
Klondike soliaire is also known as: Canfield, Chinaman, Demon, Fascination, Small Triangle
Layoutt: The tableau consists of seven columns, with the first colum containing one card, the second column two cards, the third column three cards, and so on. The top card of each column is face-up; the remainder of the cards are face-down. The 24 unplayed cards are left face-down to form the stock.
Object: The object of the game is to move the four aces, as they appear, to the foundations, and build each up in suit from ace to king (A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K).
Play: Turn cards face-up from the stock three at a time onto a wastepile. The top card of the wastepile may be played onto the tableau or foudations. Likewise, the top card of each tableau pile is available for play onto the foundations or another tableau pile. Cards within the tableau may be build down in sequence and alternating color. A sequence of cards may be moved as a unit from one pile to another. When a face-down tableau card is exposed, turn it face-up. If a space is created in the tableau, it may only be filled with a king. The stock may be recycled from the wastepile when it becomes empty. The game ends when either all foundations are filled (in which case you've won), or when no more moves are possible (or when the only possible move is to recycle the stock). In this case you've lost.
A slightly easier version of the game allows you to pull cards from the stock one at a time (rather than three at a time). In some versions of the game, this also limits the number of redeals you're allowed (usually to two).