Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a form of Patience game. This popular solitaire game is played with two decks.

How to play Spider Solitaire

The main goal of Spider Solitaire is to remove all the cards from table and assemble the cards in a tableau before finally removing them. At the start of the game, 54 cards are arranged in 10 piles in the tableau. All the cards except the topmost ones are kept facing downwards. The piles in the tableau are constructed by rank. While playing, the player can move single cards or a group of cards arranged in in-suit sequences. The rest of the 50 cards are kept in a stack which could be dealt when the player wants; no piles or positions should be empty while dealing the stacked cards.

Spider solitaire
Spider Solitaire has gained widespread popularity after it was officially included in Microsoft Windows operating systems. The game may vary in difficulty levels from quite easy stages to highly difficult ones depending on the number of suits you use. The game has three levels, beginner, which uses one suit; intermediate, using two suits and advanced using four suits.

Layout of cards in Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is played using two decks of playing cards. The cards of both the decks are thoroughly shuffled at first and then the tableau columns are formed. The 54 cards are divided into 6 cascades of 5 cards each and 4 cascades of 6 cards each. All the cards except the top ones are kept face down.

Spider is normally played using two standard decks of cards. However, the game is quite difficult when played that way. The One Suit and Two Suit game variations of Spider use 104 cards, but the One Suit variation only use Spades and the Two Suit variation use Spades and Hearts in the game. Additional packs of cards are utilized for making up the numbers. This makes a game of Spider much easier.

Variants of Spider Solitaire game

There are several variants of this game which uses slightly different techniques of game play. Here are some of the variants of the game:

  • Gigantic Spider: This form of Spider uses four decks.
  • Spiderwort: Spiderwort can be played by using three decks.
  • Spiderette: A game of Spiderette uses only one deck of cards. The cards are arranged in a Klondike or Solitaire-like layout.
  • Relaxed Spider: This form of Spider does not require all the spaces to be occupied while the stacked cards are being dealt.
  • Will o' the Wisp: This variant of Spider is played much in the same way as Spiderette. The only notable exception is that at the beginning, twenty one cards are arranged into seven columns of three and only the topmost card of each column is kept facing upwards.