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Video:How to Play Spider Solitaire

with Nick Richards

Spider Solitaire is a fun variation on classic Solitaire, one of the most popular time-wasters ever. If you're new to it, here is a video on how to play Spider Solitaire.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play Spider Solitaire

Hi, I'm Nick, and today for About.com we're going to take a look at the rules for playing the card game Spider Solitaire.

Beginning a Game of Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a single-player card game that requires the player to stack 104 cards in order of suit and number. In order to complete the game, the player must stack each card one by one, connecting only sequential numbers together to create a complete sequence of ace to king. Once a sequence has been completed, it will be moved from the playing area, creating extra space for more cards. By moving the visible cards from each column, you can uncover the face-up cards underneath one by one until there is nothing but an empty space, which can be used to store any card.

Further Spider Solitaire Rules

It is possible to move multiple cards in one move, as long as the stack you are trying to move is in complete sqeuential order, for example, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. When you have no more moves available to you, you can access the stock pile of cards, which sees one face-up card added to each column, regardless of suit and number matching. Before you can access the stock, however, you must ensure there are no empty columns left on the board. From here, you must sequentially match all 104 cards, using as few moves as possible to achieve the highest score.

Winning Spider Solitaire

Preparation can go a long way to helping you beat Spider Solitaire, which can be done by removing face-down cards, creating empty spaces and building sequential patterns with a king at the top, however you can quickly become overwhelmed by cards if you delay for too long, so don't forget to finish off those columns when you can! If you're playing on a Windows computer, you can also access extra options such as your game statistics and difficulty rating.

I hope this helps you master the game. For more information, visit compute.about.com.

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