how to set up a game of solitaire

how to set up a game of solitaire

How to Set Up a Game of Solitaire

Solitaire has been a popular card game for centuries and is still commonly played today. It is most closely associated as a computer game, but it can also be played with a classic physical deck. You will be building the foundations of your game and the layout of the cards. Here is what you need to know about setting up for a game of Solitaire:

Gather the Necessary Supplies

To set up your game of Solitaire you will need a standard deck of French playing cards with:

  • 52 cards (13 in each of four suits)
  • One table or flat surface to play on
  • A game plan – it is best to plan ahead on how you will lay the cards out

Create the Foundations

The foundations of your game of Solitaire will be how the cards are arranged. You will need to create seven foundation piles:

  • Four Aces – one at the top of each column
  • Three columns of six cards each in descending value and alternating color
  • One Draw pile on the right side of the foundation piles, with the top card turned over

Assemble the Deck

Once you have the foundations of your game, you can begin to assemble the deck. Start with one pile of seven cards and deal them out, face-down into two rows. This will be your “tableau”, where you will be dealing out and rearranging the cards during the course of the game.

Lay Out the Stockpile

For the final step of setting up your game of Solitaire, you will need to create a stockpile of 28 cards. This will be the final portion of your deck and can be placed in a pile to the left of your tableau.

Begin to Play

Congratulations! You have now finished setting up your game of Solitaire and are ready to begin to play. In order to play Solitaire, you will be trying to move the cards from the tableau to the foundation piles. As you play, you can deal cards from the stockpile to the discard pile to help you. Have fun and good luck!



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