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Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a popular solitaire game and a fun challenge. Create columns of 13 cards in the same suit.

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How to Play Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is an immensely challenging free online solitaire game, that is assuming you elect to play with 4 suits! However thanks to its simple rules it easy quite easy to learn how to play even if it requires some serious thought to try and win a round.

The goal of this solitaire game is to remove 8 columns of cards at the bottom, each descending from King to Ace in a single suit. When a column like this is created it is automatically removed from the game freeing up space and opening up cards for you to continue.

You will see at the start of the game that 10 columns are dealt at the top, with only the top card shown. You must rearrange the deal to uncover the cards underneath.

The rules are as follows. A single card can be moved onto a column if it is one lower than the card it is covering (E.g. A Queen of Hearts can cover any Red King or Black King). When trying to move a column of cards, they can only be moved if they are all in the same suit. For this reason wherever possible it is best to create descending columns of the same suit.

If a column is empty you can place anything on it. It is vitally important to use this well, as freeing up other options is exactly what this card game is about.

You can deal more cards to the layout by clicking the card located in the bottom right. These cards will cover all 8 columns, forcing you to rearrange them so you can reach any grouped columns you have created and arranged previously.

Remember though, before you deal any more cards, you should make the effort to group what you already have so they are in their suits wherever possible. This reduces the issue of cards getting stuck behind other cards and makes moving groups even easier in the future. This is probably the most important tip to winning more often.

Another important thing you can think about while playing include if you want to move the King. Once a King is moved you will not be able to move it again and it will take up an otherwise free column. Of course sometimes you need to get to the cards behind the King so I can only advise care. It can be particularly annoying finding kings placed on important columns when dealing addition cards, so I often find it's best to wait until all cards are dealt before dealing with these.

Of course this tip probably goes without saying, but if possible move cards from columns with fewer cards on them. The idea being to free up a column to shuffle your cards around as soon as you can, which makes a it a lot easier to start grouping cards together in matching suits.

The game requires patience, logical thinking and luck. When playing spider solitaire on its most difficult setting, you will have to quit and restart many, many times. However when you do finally win, it's a great feeling!

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