How to Play Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is easily one of the most popular solitaire games on the internet. Continuing our how to play solitaire guides, we aim to show you not only how to play but also how to win this particularly challenging card game.

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Setting Up Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is played with two decks of 52 cards with all jokers removed. As you can see from the picture below, you must deal 10 columns of cards. The first 4 columns of cards have 5 cards that are face down with the sixth card at the bottom dealt face up. The last 6 columns of cards have 4 cards dealt face down, with the fifth and final card on these columns dealt face up. The rest of the cards remain in the deck to be used later.

Spider Soltiaire Set Up

Rules of Spider Solitaire

There are three possible variants spider solitaire. All three use the same basic rules, but the way the cards can be moved is slightly different for the easier version. It's probably best to explain the rules for the 4 suit version of the game first and then explain the changes for the easier two suit version and one suit version.

Rules for the 4 Suit Version

2 Suit Version Rules

1 Suit Version Rules

Win Spider Solitaire Four Suit

The four suit version of Spider Solitaire is easily one of the most of the challenging solitaire games out there and simply put not every game can be won. You always need some luck! The two suit and one suit versions are far easier and winning is much more common!

We hope this guide will help you understand the rules of Spider Solitaire. Enjoy playing!

Further reading

Are you curious about how to play other solitaire variants? Check out one of our guides:

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