The Best Solitaire Card Games

The best single-player games using a standard deck of cards

When you want to play a game but no opponents can be found, these solitaire card games can be just what you're looking for.

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    Playing solitaire card game
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    Klondike Solitaire is probably the most popular version of Solitaire played today. It's also known as Fascination and Demon Patience. Sometimes, Klondike Solitaire is erroneously referred to as Canfield.

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    Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13 and Pile of 28, has very simple rules and takes just a few minutes to play each hand.

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    The real Canfield Solitaire (as opposed to Klondike, which is often referred to as Canfield), according to Hoyle's Rules of Games, was named after the proprietor of a Florida gambling establishment in the 1890s. Players could buy a deck of cards for $50 and win back $5 for each card they played onto a foundation, or $500 if they were able to play all 52 cards.

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    The card game Golf Solitaire derives its name from the fact that the lower you score, the better you've done. Apart from that, it has no connection to the real game of golf.

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    Yukon Solitaire is a cousin of Klondike Solitaire, one of the most popular solitaire card games. The differences include the ability to move groups of cards, and that all of the cards are dealt at the start of the game (although some are dealt face down).

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    This solitaire card game incorporates elements of Poker, as players build a 5x5 grid and try to make the best possible Poker hands in each row and column.

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    Baker's Dozen Solitaire is a distant relative of Klondike Solitaire and a very close relative of Good Measure. Its name comes from the 13 columns dealt at the start of the game.

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    Good Measure Solitaire

    Good Measure Solitaire is a very close relative of Baker's Dozen, with two Aces removed at the beginning of the game to start foundations.

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    Little Spider Solitaire is a 20-minute game that gives players plenty of choices to make. A good player should win this card game more than half the time.

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    Playing by the standard rules, Accordion Solitaire is a difficult game to win. However, it provides plenty of opportunities to plan ahead and make tactical choices. Because winning is such a challenge, Accordion is sometimes called Idle Year.