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Welcome to Solitaire Owl! Here you can play classic Solitaire card game. Play unlimited games for free, no download or registration is needed.

What is Solitaire?

Solitaire, sometimes called "Patience", is a popular card game that you can play by yourself. It involves sorting cards into order and moving them around to clear the table. The most common version of Solitaire is Klondike, where you arrange the cards into specific piles from Ace to King.

The game dates back to the late 18th century in Northern Europe and became widespread by the 19th century. It's believed that Solitaire was used both as a form of entertainment and as a way to pass time during periods of isolation or long journeys.

How to Play Solitaire?

Playing Solitaire involves arranging a deck of cards on a table to move all the cards to four foundation piles in ascending order, starting with the aces. Here's a straightforward guide on how to set up and play the classic version of Solitaire, often referred to as Klondike Solitaire:

  1. Tableau setup: Shuffle the deck and lay out seven piles in a horizontal line. Start with one card in the first pile and add one more card to each subsequent pile. The top card of each pile should be face up.
  2. Foundations: The foundation piles are located at the top of the game screen. Begin each of the four foundation piles with an Ace, and continue placing cards onto these piles in ascending order by suit, from Ace to King.
  3. Stock and Waste: Click on the stock (the pile of remaining cards) to move cards to the waste. You can then use these cards to help build your sequences in the tableau or place them directly onto the foundations.
  4. Moves: Cards can be moved between tableau columns if they are one rank lower and of the opposite color. For example, a red 6 can be placed on a black 7. You can move individual cards or groups of cards that are already in the correct sequence. You can move cards directly to the foundation piles from either the tableau or the waste if they follow the next highest card of the same suit already placed in the foundation. For example, if the foundation pile for Hearts has an Ace and a 2, you can add the 3 of Hearts.
  5. Empty tableau space: Only Kings can be placed in empty tableau spaces. You can move a King alone or with a sequence of cards following it to an empty space.
  6. Goal: The objective is to move all the cards to the foundation piles. The game is won when all cards are correctly arranged into the foundation piles from Ace to King.

Tips to win Solitaire

  1. Play Aces and Twos Immediately
    Whenever you reveal an Ace or a Two, move them to the foundation piles right away. This opens up the game and allows for more sequential moves.
  2. Expose Larger Stacks First
    Focus on tableau columns with more hidden cards first. This increases your chances of revealing useful cards and creating more playing options.
  3. Be Strategic About Kings
    Only move Kings to empty tableau spaces if you have a clear benefit or if it unveils a hidden card. Placing a King without strategy can block other potential moves.
  4. Keep the Right Sequence in Mind
    Always think a few moves ahead. Try to arrange cards in the tableau in a way that will uncover useful sequences or allow you to transfer cards between columns effectively.

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