Home > Gambling Strategy > Solitaire Strategy

Solitaire Strategy

Solitaire GameWhen it comes to Solitaire, it is a game that relies upon the luck of the draw to some degree, because you never know in which order the cards lie in the deck and how they've been laid out on the table. There are different Strategy that apply to the various forms of Solitaire, but some that should be executed no matter what in order to help ensure that you are able to make as many sets and sequences as possible, using the majority of cards in the deck.

Anytime you play any version of Solitaire, keep these simple Strategy and tips in mind which will help you clear up spaces and begin to form your sequences:

  1. If you are able to play an Ace or a Deuce, always make sure you play it right away. This will allow you to make builds and free up spaces on the tableau
  2. You want to have as many cards turned over as possible, so always play a move that frees a downcard. This should be one of the primary goals within the game as it will allow you more visibility to plan your Solitaire strategy
  3. If there are multiple downcards to play, always start with one that's in the biggest pile of cards that are facedown as this will ultimately put the greatest number of cards into play
  4. You can transfer cards from one column to the next, but this strategy is only to you advantage if it allows you to free a downcard, turning it over so it enters into play, or allowing columns to build sequences more smoothly
  5. Only clear a space in the tableau if you have a King in place that can occupy it
  6. Play a King only when and if it will be to the benefit of columns where there are a large number of cards still face down or if it leads to the immediate play of other cards that will then turnover down cards.
  7. Solitaire StrategyIt is possible in many versions of Solitaire to begin building sequences with cards other than Aces of Deuces, but this isn't a wise strategy in all circumstances. Only begin a build with another card if it won't interfere with your ability to transfer another card that will free a downcard, or if it will open up a space for a same color card pile. You can also use an Ace or Deuce to begin a build if it will make a spot where a waiting King can be placed. Don't try begin a build with a different type of card if it will only clear a space without any specific strategy
  8. Don't transfer or play a 5, 6, 7, or 8 unless it will have a direct benefit. One of these cards should only be brought into play if it will result in freeing up a downcard. It can also be played if it's the next highest even/odd partner in the column that will help to build a sequence, or if there is no other move available in the tableau, which is typically not a good sign for your success of winning
  9. If you can't get to the necessary cards that you nee to play because they are covered, play any cards that you can to get them in the right Ace stacks. Along the way you will probably need to rearrange piles in order to get to move blocked cards and eventually this will free up more of the covered cards needed or play

See also:

Solitaire History

Alaska Solitaire Rules

Freecell Solitaire Rules

Spider Solitaire Rules