Pyramid Solitaire is a popular solitaire card game that can be played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The objective of the game is to remove pairs of cards that add up to a total of 13 until all cards from the pyramid-shaped tableau are cleared.
Pyramid Solitaire is a challenging and strategic game that requires planning and careful card selection. The game can be played both with physical cards and through digital solitaire apps or online platforms.
Here's a general overview of how Pyramid Solitaire is played:
Setup: A pyramid-shaped tableau is created using a total of 28 cards. The pyramid consists of seven rows, with each row having a different number of cards, starting from one card in the top row and increasing by one card in each subsequent row.
Card Values: In Pyramid Solitaire, the card values are as follows:
Gameplay: The game begins by selecting pairs of cards that add up to 13 and removing them from the pyramid. Only exposed cards that are not covered by any other cards can be selected. For example, if you have a 9 of Clubs and a 4 of Spades, you can remove them because their values add up to 13.
Card Removal: When a pair of cards adds up to 13, the cards are removed from the pyramid and set aside. The removed cards can no longer be used in the game.
Dealing from the Stock: If you can't find any pairs that add up to 13, you can draw cards from the stock one at a time. These cards can be used to match with exposed cards in the pyramid. If a drawn card cannot be paired, it is placed face-up in a waste pile.
Reusing Kings: When a King is exposed in the pyramid, it can be removed by itself since its value is 13. However, Kings are not automatically replaced. Once a King is removed, the space it occupied in the pyramid becomes empty and cannot be filled.
Winning the Game: The game is won when all cards from the pyramid are removed or pairs adding up to 13 can no longer be found. If there are remaining cards in the stock, you may have the option to reshuffle and redeal the stock to continue playing.