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How to play Pyramid Solitaire

1 deck. Average. 2 redeals.

Pyramid Solitaire
Pyramid Solitaire
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Set up

Pyramid Solitaire uses one deck (52 cards). A pyramid of cards is dealt, consisting of 28 cards in 7 overlapping rows.

The object of the game
To pair up all the cards in the deck in pairs of cards that total 13 and remove them to the single discard pile.

The rules
Only uncovered cards in pyramid and top cards of the stock and the waste pile are available for play. Select pairs of cards that total 13 by using the mouse (for example: 7 and 6, 3 and 10, 2 and Jack, Queen and Ace). Kings are discarded as a single card rather than as a pair. To discards Kings, simply click on them.

Aces are worth 1. Jacks are worth 11. Queens are worth 12. Kings are worth 13.

When you have made all the moves initially available, click the Stock pile to begin turning over cards.

You have two redeals.

How to win

  • Take time planning your moves ahead. Don’t just combine the first pair of cards you see.
  • Play from the waste pile, rather than from the stock.
  • Remove Kings whenever you can.
  • It’s often better to pair pyramid cards with waste or stock cards, rather than with another pyramid card.
  • Look for cards “trapped” by other cards underneath.

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