Solitaire card games



Solitaire card games are rather simple, but it takes some work to actually set the game up if you are using real cards. For all of those out there that don’t have the patients to do this(including me), just check out how you can play solitaire on your computer(online or offline, by yourself or with others) here. Now that 99% of you stopped reading and clicked on the link, let’s continue…

Below you can find the »standard« version of rules and layouts for the three most popular solitaire games. If after reading up on how to set up the game you lose your enthusiasm and decide to just go play on your computer, I suggest that you check out the rules of the version you are playing beforehand. Rules can differ quite a bit from what you will find here.

So here are the rules to Klondike, Spider Solitaire, Freecell Solitaire and Treys.


Klondike is the most common version of solitaire and most people know this game as THE SOLITAIRE. Well, it’s actually Klondike and you can read the rules on how to play it and how to set up the layout right here!

Klondike rules and layout

Spider solitaire

Spider solitaire is a popular solitaire game that you can play alone with real cards or on your computer. It’s, at least in my opinion, a tad bit more complex than Klondike, but still a lot of fun to play. Also, if you intend to play with real cards, you might need quite a few decks to set it up.

Spider solitaire card game rules and layout

Freecell Solitaire

Freecell solitaire is a very popular solitaire game, mostly because it’s now a standard part of Windows. Playing it with real cards(without a computer) can be pretty tricky, but it’s still doable.

Freecell Solitaire rules and layout

Treys card game

Treys is a relatively simple, single-player card game. The basic goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards before you run out of moves. To start the game the top card from the deck is drawn and makes the start of the discard pile. You can get rid of cards by playing them on the top card in the discard pile, as described in more detail in the next section.

Treys layout and rules.