What makes solitaire so popular

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Solitaire is among the most popular games in the world. Everyone irrespective of their nationality, age or gender has tried the game at least once. In fact, this game is so popular that the hit US television show The Office showed one of their main characters playing the game!

So, let’s understand this game better and find out what makes it so exceptionally popular around the world.

Why is it called Solitaire

The name derives from the word Solitary (a derivative of solo) meaning to be or do something alone. As the name aptly suggests, Solitaire is a card game that can be played by a person all by himself. One does not need anyone else to play against, and that makes this game unique among all card games. Having said that, there are some versions of the game which can be played against someone too, but by and large, Solitaire has been best known as a single person game of cards.

The game is also known as Patience in many countries.

What is needed to play Solitaire

The card game of Solitaire is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. A small table may also be needed to have enough space to arrange the cards.

Solitaire can also be played on a PC or a smartphone through a number of pre-installed and downloadable apps that are available for free.

How to play Solitaire

To begin with, remember that the king is the highest card in Solitaire, and Ace is the lowest card. 


Shuffle the deck in any manner you deem fit.


Deal 7 cards, turning the first card on the left face up.

Deal another layer on top of the remaining cards, turning the second card on the left, face up.

Keep following this pattern 7 times, until a total of 28 cards have been used like this. These 7 columns are called tableaus.

Place the remaining cards in a pile. This will be the stack to draw from.


Look at the cards you laid down. Now, try and take the very next lower cards and stack them in order on the higher cards, alternating the colors.

Using the King

When you move a card from one column to another, you can turn over the card underneath. In case there was no card underneath, you can place a king there. If there are any kings visible, move them to an empty column, so that you can have a look at the cards underneath.

Remember, the only place you can put a king is in an empty column.

What you need to do is build your columns in descending order and in alternating colors.

Draw from the deck

In the most common version of Solitaire, you can draw three cards at a time from the deck. You are only allowed to use whichever drawn card is on top, working your way down. Or, you could draw from the deck again.

Find the Aces

Whenever you find an ace, make a new column and stack the cards of the same suit in ascending numerical order.

How to finish the game to win

To win, you must get all of the cards you dealt and the ones in your draw pile uncovered and ordered back into their suits.

Voila, you won!

What made Solitaire popular

Solitaire popularity can be attributed to the following reasons:

  • Solitaire is one of the very rare games that can be played satisfactorily by a single person. This removes any dependency on family or friends and allows a person to play when he wants to play, where he wants to play.
  • Solitaire is easy to play once the rules have been understood. People get put off by complicated games. The simplicity of the game makes Solitaire so popular.
  • Computer Solitaire allowed everyone easy access to the game. Previously, Solitaire used to be played with a pack of cards but computers removed this hindrance too.

So, that was all that we had to talk about this wonderful game. We strongly recommend you to try out this simple yet addictive card game and tell us what you think.