Rules for Double Solitaire Card Games

By Katherine Sanger

The rules for double solitaire are similar to those of the Klondike version of solitaire. It can be played competitively or just for fun. Like solitaire, you can easily lose if the game becomes blocked, but you can have a chance to win and still lose if your opponent manages to win before you do.

Equipment

To play double solitaire, you need 2 standard decks of 52 playing cards. It is best that the 2 decks are different so that they cannot be confused or mixed up.

Set Up

To begin the game, each player deals 28 cards into 7 piles. The pile to the furthest left has just 1 card (face up), the second one in has 2 cards (with the top 1 only face up), and so on, with the final pile on the right having 7 cards, again with the top 1 the only one face up. There should also be a foundation pile for each player. Each player should have 24 face-down cards left with which to start the game.

Starting

The first turn goes to the player who has the lowest card visible on his left-hand pile. If there is a tie, then go to the two-level pile, and on (if necessary).

Play

During your turn, you may only use your own piles to move your cards. Play using the same rules as Klondike. When you cannot make any more moves with your cards, or if you wish to stop playing, then you end your turn and your opponent begins his.

Winning

There are 2 ways to win the game. If the game becomes blocked, the winner is the player who has gotten rid of the most cards. Otherwise, a win can occur when a player gets all 52 cards played.

Variations

You may choose to play almost any solitaire game as double solitaire. Simply agree with your partner ahead of time as to what constitutes winning, whether it is point-based on time-based.

Computer-Based

You can play online versions of double solitaire, playing either the computer or another player at a distant location. Some websites offer this for free, but others are subscription-based and you will need to pay to play.

About the Author

Katherine Sanger has been writing articles for 15 years for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in information technology, liberal arts, English literature, creative writing and higher education and taught college-level English for more than 10 years.