How to Play the Card Game Spider

By Lisa Porter

Spider is a popular solitaire game that comes with many computers, particularly PCs. The game uses two full packs of cards. The object is to build sequences of the same suit in descending order from king to ace. Complete all eight sequences to win the game. Once you learn how to play Spider, you can enjoy playing it on your computer or with real decks of cards.

Play Spider Solitaire with Real Cards

Deal 10 cards in a row face down to begin 10 columns. Continue to deal cards face down until each column has four cards, and then add one more card to the rows on the left. The first four columns, in other words, will each have five cards, while the remaining six columns will have only four. Then deal one additional card face up on the end of each column. You should have 54 cards left over; place these cards face down in a pile to use as the stock.

Build sequences of cards by moving a card with a lower value onto a card with a value one digit greater. For example, move a six onto a seven, or a jack onto a queen. If you are moving an individual card, it does not have to be of the same suit as the card to which you are moving it. You can move packs of cards in sequence if they are all the same suit. Keep in mind that you are trying to build sequences of all the same suit, so matching cards to their suit is to your advantage.

Move completed sequences of 13 cards (king to ace in the same suit) to the side. If moving a completed sequence leaves one of the original 10 columns empty, you can now use that column to build more sequences.

Deal one new card from the stock to the end of each column if you cannot make a move with the existing cards.

Complete all eight sequences of 13 cards to win the game.

Play Spider Solitaire On the Computer

Open the computer Spider Solitaire game. The computer will automatically deal the cards. You'll see eight empty piles at the bottom of the screen; these are the spaces where your completed sequences will be placed.

Begin building sequences of cards the same way you did with your actual card decks. The computer will help you to learn what moves are legal, because it will not allow you to make an illegal move. You will not be able to move a five to a 10, for example. The computer will automatically move completed sequences to the empty piles at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the stock pile and the computer will deal a new card to the bottom of each column if you cannot make a move with the existing cards.

Complete all eight sequences of 13 cards to win the game.

About the Author

Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.