Spider Solitaire: How to Play Spider Solitaire Suits 2 & 4

 Kevin Brown
  Feb 08, 2019

How to Play Spider Solitaire Suits 2 & 4

Spider solitaire is another card game that has become popular through its incorporation with Microsoft Windows. The game, ‘solitaire’ is also known as Klondike. Did you know that about 70% of Microsoft Klondike games are winnable? The spider solitaire game has a variation in difficulty level from fairly easy to really difficult depending on how many suits you use.

How spider solitaire is set up?

Spider Solitaire

At the beginning itself, it will ask you to choose the difficulty level. Only after selecting one, you can proceed further.

Objective: The objective of spider solitaire remains the same no matter what level of difficulty you choose. The goal of the game is to build cards in descending suit sequence from King to Ace within the tableau columns. If such a sequence has been formed, it is automatically removed to one of the 8 foundations on the bottom left corner. When all 104 cards have been moved to the foundations as King to Ace sequences, then the game is won.

Spider Solitaire is also played with two decks of 52 cards (intermediate level) or with 4 decks of 52 cards (Advanced level) with all the jokers removed. As you can see from the picture below, you must deal with 10 columns of cards. The first 4 columns out of 10 have 5 cards that are face down with the 6th card open. The last 6 columns have 4 cards faced down with the 5th card open. The rest of the cards remain in the deck for future use.

Spider Solitaire game

Rules for Spider Solitaire 4 Suits/Advanced Level

  • A single card can only be moved on to another card if the card being moved is one less than the card it will be placed on. For example, an 8 can be placed on any 9.
  • Groups of cards can only be moved if they are in perfect descending order or all are in the same suit. For example, you could move a 6, 5 and 4 of diamonds as a group onto any open Jack.
  • Any group or a single card you might be able to move can be placed on an empty column.
  • You can deal/ take 10 cards from the remaining ones, one to each column if you cannot make any moves. However, there must be at least one card in each column when you do this i.e. no single column should remain empty before dealing.
  • If you have a complete group of cards in one suit in perfect descending order, it will automatically be removed from play to the bottom- left-hand corner. For example, King of Spades down to the Ace of Spades. Remove all the cards to win the game.

Rules for Spider Solitaire 2 Suits/Advanced Level

  • This is the most common variant of spider solitaire seen in many computer versions. To simulate this using 2 standard decks of cards, just assume that all black cards are one suit and the other suit is all red cards. Now groups can be moved if they are in perfect descending order and only if they are all in the red suit or black suit. E.g. you could move a 6 of spades, a 5 of hearts and 4 of diamonds onto any open Jack.
  • If you have a complete group of cards in one suit in perfect descending order it can be removed from the play to the bottom left corner of the game. For example all the black cards starting from the King down to the Ace.
  • All the other rules are the same as the 4 suit version.

Let’s look into some of the facts about Spider Solitaire that you probably haven’t noticed yet:

  1. Spider Solitaire can be won over 97% of all time (You might have noticed that!).
  2. Kings are the highest and Aces are at the lowest. Remember, we build from kings to aces.
  3. The key to winning is creating open spaces in the tableau area. You’ll be able to move any card, no matter of how many cards are built on it, on to an open space.

So these were some quick facts about spider solitaire. The more you play, the more you’ll find out the facts yourself. Happy Playing!

Spider Solitaire: How to Play Spider Solitaire Suits 2 & 4

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events and activities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that need viewpoints and suggestions.

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