How to Setup Original Solitaire

By Bryan Roberts
How to Setup Original Solitaire
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Solitaire is a relatively simple card game that has existed for hundreds of years. The game requires intense concentration at some times and at others seems deceptively easy. The game involves a single player stacking cards numerically until all of the cards have been grouped into suits. Despite the various complexities of Solitaire, it is quite easy to set up.

Step 1

Remove the jokers from your deck.
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Remove the jokers from your deck.

Step 2

Shuffle the deck.
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Shuffle the deck.

Step 3

Place a card face up on a surface.
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Place a card face up on a surface.

Step 4

Stack, two cards, the right, the upturned card
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Stack two cards to the right of the upturned card. One card should be face down and the other card should be face up, on top of it.

Step 5

Stack, three cards, the right, the two cards
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Stack three cards to the right of the two cards. Two cards should face down on top of each other, and one should be face up at the top of the stack.

Step 6

Stack, Stack four cards, the right, the three cards
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Stack four cards to the right of the three cards. Three cards should face down on top of each other, and one should be face up at the top of the stack.

Step 7

Stack, five cards, the right, the four cards
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Stack five cards to the right of the four cards. Four cards should face down on top of each other, and one should be face up at the top of the stack.

Step 8

Stack, Stack six cards, the right, the five cards
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Stack six cards to the right of the five cards. Five cards should face down on top of each other, and one should be face up at the top of the stack.

Step 9

Stack, seven cards, the right, the six cards
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Stack seven cards to the right of the six cards. Six cards should face down on top of each other, and one should be face up at the top of the stack.

Step 10

the remaining cards, their own stack, your first upturned card, Your solitaire game
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Place the remaining cards face down in their own stack, right above your first upturned card. Your solitaire game is now in its starting position

About the Author

Bryan Roberts began his love affair with comedy in 2003 as a writer and performer for Austin's No Shame Theatre. Since then, he has appeared with several different sketch groups (Hoover's Blanket, Ghetto Sketch Warlock). His most recent achievements are the award-winning improv show Guilds Of Steel, which he created and co-directed, and his position of writer/actor in the Coldtowne Theater Mainstage Sketch Show.