How to Play Pyramid Solitaire – Rules for Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire is one of the most popular versions of the solitaire card game. It is also called as Solitaire 13. Also, it is very easy to learn this game. With this guide on How to Play Pyramid Solitaire, you’ll be able to learn and play the game in just 2 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Pyramid Solitaire.

Required

Deck

A 52 cards standard deck is required.

Players

Only one player required, you.

Card Values

CardValue
Ace (A)1 Point
2 – 10Face Value
Jack (J)11 Points
Queen (Q)12 Points
King (K)13 Points

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to remove all cards from the pyramid structure. You can only remove cards in pairs and the total card value of both the cards must be 13. For Example: You can remove 6 and 7, 5 and 8, 4 and 9, and so on. Suits don’t matter. King has a value of 13 points, so you can remove it alone.

How to Setup The Pyramid Solitaire

  • First, place one card face-up on the table.
  • Then place two cards face-up, on the first card slightly lower, so you can see the first card.
  • Then in the third line, put three cards face-up, on the above two cards slightly lower, so you can see those two cards.
  • Continue this way until the last line has seven face-up cards. The structure will look like a pyramid.
  • After that, place the remaining deck below the pyramid, face-up. It is called the draw pile. And next to the draw pile, a waste pile is created during the game.
  • After completing, the setup should look like this:

The Gameplay

After completing the setup, start the game by removing pairs that total 13 points. You can only remove the open cards. A card that does not have any card on top of it, is an open card. You can use the top card of the draw pile to pair it with a card from the pyramid, but the total card value of both the cards should be 13.

If the top card of the draw pile is not useful then you can move it to the waste pile. You can pair the top card of the waste pile with a card from the pyramid. You can also pair the top card of the waste pile with the top card of the draw pile. If the draw pile runs out of cards then take the waste pile and place it in the place of the draw pile, this will become your new draw pile.

The game continues in this way until, either all cards from the pyramid are removed or you cannot remove any pair that totals 13 points.

Now, you know How to Play Pyramid Solitaire. Play and enjoy.

Thank you.

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