Solitaire is a game originally created to be played alone. All you need to play the game is a 52-count deck of cards. Today there are many versions of the game, but the most common type is called Klondike Solitaire, but people call it Solitaire. The most important part of the game is learning how to deal a game of Solitaire.
Shuffle the deck of cards. Deal seven cards in a horizontal line with the first card faceup and the rest facedown. This creates the foundation for seven piles of cards, which is called the playing board.
Place a card face up on the second pile. Distribute more cards facedown from the third pile to the seventh pile.
Lay a card faceup on the third pile. Place more cards face down from the fourth pile to the seventh pile.
Put a card faceup on the fourth pile. Deal more cards facedown from the fifth pile to the seventh pile.
Place a card faceup on the fifth pile. Distribute more cards facedown on the sixth and seventh piles.
Lay a card faceup on the sixth pile. Place one card facedown on the seventh pile.
Put a final card faceup on the seventh pile. You now have a playing board with seven piles totaling 28 cards. Each pile should have the top card faceup.
- “The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Card Games”; The Diagram Group; 1995
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