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Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire has become a very popular solitaire card game due to the proliferation of computer versions. However, these computer versions have created some confustion around how to play with physical cards. Spider Solitaire is a game that is played Without Regard to Suit. This means you can play the game ignoring the suit on the cards when you build down the columns. Some authors of computer versions of Spider Solitaire have tried to make this clear by making all the cards in the game the same suite (say spades) so that the user knows that it doesn't matter. Some people I have talked to felt that they needed a special deck that only contained one suit to play. This is completely unnecessary, you just need to ignore the suit on the cards and you can play with any set of two decks of cards.

Deal the Layout

Spider Solitaire is played with two decks of cards. When you Deal a game of Spider Solitaire it has a Layout with 54 of the 104 cards dealt into 10 columns, and the rest of the cards placed in a Stock Pile. The left 4 columns have 6 cards in each column, and the right 6 columns have 5 cards in each column. Only the last card is dealt face up, and all cards are dealt face down.

Spider Solitaire Layout

Moving Cards

When playing Spider Solitaire, you are able to move the bottom card in any column, or a Fully Packed Series of cards. As typical with games where you can only move fully packed series, you can not divide up a series and move it. All cards in a series must be moved together. The cards can be moved to a different column if they Build Down that column Without Regard to Suit. When a column has nothing in it but a fully packed series of cards from King to Ace, all the cards in that column can be removed from play to create an empty Space that can be filled with any available card. When you move a card or group of cards from a column, and the bottom card in that column is face down, you should turn the card face up.

Optional Rule - For a more challenging game you may play so that you can not move cards together if they are of different suits.

The Stock Pile

If you get stuck, or would just like to deal yourself more cards, you can deal 10 cards from the Stock Pile, one card on the bottom of every row face up. You must deal all 10 cards, and you must deal one card to each of the columns.

How to Win

When a column consists only of 13 cards that are in order from King to Ace, you should remove the cards in that column from play. Once all 104 cards have been removed from play in this way, you have won the game.

Spider Solitaire Demo requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

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