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Klondike Solitaire Card Game Rules (popularly known as Solitaire)

Goal: Move all the cards into the four foundation piles, arranged into suits from Ace to King.

Multiplayer: All players are given the same tableau, and the winner is whoever finishes the game in the fewest moves.


This is the most popular games of solitaire, also known as Klondike. Spider solitaire is one of the other famous solitaire games. There are three versions of solitaire as described below where different number of cards are flipped over from the draw pile into the waste pile making solitaire a bit more challenging. Otherwise, playing card rules remain the same. Playing solitaire and all other playing cards games are totally free online on CardzMania and we maintain a detailed history of all your played games. Enjoy solitaire free with friends!


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The Deck and Dealing

Klondike Solitaire uses a standard deck of cards. 28 cards are dealt out into seven tableau piles (also known as cascades, columns of overlapping cards, with the bottom card available for play). These vary in length, from a single card and increasing by one until the last column of seven cards. Only the bottom card of each tableau is face up - all the other cards are dealt face down.

The remaining cards form the draw pile, located in the top left corner. A draw pile is the part of the deck set aside, face down, from which cards are drawn later.

The table also features four slots for foundation piles in the top right corner. These are slots for piles of cards running from the Ace to the King in descending order sequence, one for each suit.


The exposed bottom card of each tableau can be moved onto an exposed card of a value one higher and of the opposite colour to create a sequence. Whenever you pick up a card on Cardzmania, all the valid locations it can be moved to will be illuminated.

Existing sequences of any length can be moved to create longer sequences, provided the topmost card of the sequence being moved can be played onto the exposed bottom card of a tableau following the same rules as for single cards.

If a face down card becomes exposed at the bottom of a tableau, it is turned face up.

If a tableau is completely empty, only a King can be played into that slot.

Initially, only Aces can be moved into the foundation piles. Thereafter cards of the matching suit can be placed onto the Foundation Pile in ascending number order.

The Undo button in the bottom left corner will undo the previous move and can be used repeatedly to undo a whole sequence of moves.

The Draw Pile and Variations

There are three variations on how the draw pile can be used at Cardzmania: Turn One, Turn Two and Turn Three.

In Turn One, the player can turn over the top card of the draw pile and choose whether to play it. Once the draw pile is exhausted, the discard pile or the waste pile can be turned over to become a fresh draw pile, by clicking on the empty Draw Pile slot.

In Turn Two, the player turns over the top two cards of the draw pile at once, but only the uppermost card can be played.

In Turn Three, the player turns over the top three cards of the draw pile at once, but only the uppermost card can be played.


The game ends when either all the cards have been moved into the foundation piles in order, or the player can find no way to proceed. The game is also scored based on how many moves the player took to solve it.

Card Game Basics

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, with 4 distinctive subgroups. Each of these subgroups is recognised by a symbol and are referred to as suits. They consist of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. Each suit contains 13 cards which, generally, are considered in this order, Ace (A), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jacks (J), Queen (Q) and King (K).


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