Easy Guide to Playing Spider Solitaire

Everyone enjoys playing card games. Spider solitaire is one of my favourite computer games.  With Covid-19 at hand, many are finding themselves looking for something fun to do while they are at home and spider solitaire is a great choice to fill that time.

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If you don’t know how to play, here are some simple and easy to follow instructions to help you get started. In order to play this game make sure you have:

  • Two standard packs of cards. There are variations to this game where you can choose to have one, three or four decks of cards. Adding decks of cards and playing with more than two suits, changes the difficulty of the game.
  • If you desire, you can choose to play spider solitaire with one suit using the spades, or two suits using spades and hearts, but the rules stay the same no matter which variation you choose.

Dealing the cards

The computer will do the following:

  1. Start by dealing them into four rows of ten, with five cards in each column, all face down.
  2. Four more cards are dealt with the first four columns on the left side.
  3. Then a face-up card is dealt with each column.
  4. The remaining cards are placed face down to form a stockpile.

To play the game

Start playing by moving the face-up cards from any column to any other column if it creates a descending sequence, regardless of the suit. When all the face-up cards on a pile are removed, the next card below is turned face up and becomes available to play.

You may move a packed descending sequence of cards to another column, but only if they are the same suit. You may also break apart a sequence by leaving some of the cards behind. While playing, you should try to pack the cards together of the same suit if you have a choice, because otherwise, the game will block really quickly. If you have no moves left, deal a new card to each row.

After flipping the cards face up and moving them around in the game, you might find yourself with an empty column. At this point, you may not deal more cards until this space is filled. You can put any card or cards (in descending order) in this space. The only time you can move a king is if you have one of these empty slots, so be sure to check all of your options before filling it up.

How to win

The object of the game is to assemble thirteen cards of the same suit, in descending order, starting with the king on top, and ending with the ace on the bottom. Whenever a full suit of thirteen cards is assembled, it is lifted off and discarded from the game to make a foundation pile. The game is won if all eight suits are played out and the playing field is cleared from all cards.


Now that you learned how to play this game, with all the rules and set up, you can now go to Solitaire Bliss and play as much as your heart desires.

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