Two Handed Solitaire Rules

By Will Guzzardi

The game of solitaire can be a fun way to spend some time, but it often ends up in a situation that you can't win. Besides, it can be somewhat lonely playing all by yourself. That's where two-handed solitaire comes in. It's fun, gives you company and best of all, games are always played to a fulfilling completion.


The game of solitaire is played by laying out seven stacks of cards. The leftmost stack is just one card face-up. The next stack is two cards, with the top card face-up; and so on. The remaining cards are placed in a pile next to the player.

There are four (still imaginary at the start) "ace stacks," placed above the seven card stacks. If an ace is turned face up at any time, that ace can be placed in one of the four stacks. If a two of the same suit is turned up, it can be placed on top of the ace. The object of the game is to have all 52 cards in order in the four ace stacks.

The card stacks also can be altered. Any face-up card may be placed on top of another face-up card if its value is one lower than the face-up card and it is of the opposite color. For instance, a 9 of hearts can be moved onto a 10 of clubs.

If any card stack is left with a face-down card on top, the card should be turned over. If a card stack is empty, it can be occupied again only by moving a king to the empty space.

Cards from the deck are turned over three at a time. If the top card can be placed anywhere, either on the card stacks or the ace stacks, the card beneath it can then be used; otherwise, the next three cards are turned over.

Two-handed solitaire

In two-handed soliltaire, there are only four card stacks, not seven. The remaining 42 cards are divided into two decks, one for each player. In addition to playing on the table stacks and ace stacks, you also can play on your opponent's hand by putting a card on the top of his discard pile. For example, he turns over three cards. He plays one, but can't play the others. He puts those down face-up. If you have a card that can go on the face-up card on top of his discards--like a 9 of hearts on a 10 of clubs--you can play it there, thus getting rid of one of your own cards and adding more to his deck.

The object of two-handed solitaire is not to complete the 52-card deck, but to get rid of all of your cards before your opponent does.